DEFENCE HEALTH MAINTENANCE LIMITED
BRIEF HISTORY OF DHML
Defence Health Maintenance Limited (DHML) was established by the Ministry of Defence as a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) to enable military personnel and their families benefit maximally from the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
In response to the challenge of maintaining medical combat readiness while providing the best healthcare services for all eligible personnel, the Ministry of Defence established the Defence Health Maintenance Limited (DHML).
DHML is one of the Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) authorized and regulated by the National Health Insurance Scheme. DHML was accredited on the 27thJune, 2006 with HMO CODE 022. It brings together the healthcare resources of the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air force and complements this with a network of civilian healthcare Professionals and Facilities. This provides better access and high quality service to the beneficiaries, while maintaining the capability to support military operations, including conditions peculiar to the military environments and military health infrastructural development through regular annual budgeting.
At the Primary health care level, the DHML currently operates about 140 health care facilities nationwide. Those wishing to take advantage of DHML services must register. Another key feature of DHML is that all those who registered will be assigned to a primary care provider (PCP).
The vision is to become a leader in the healthcare maintenance organization business and act as the benchmark for the country.
The mission is to promote, an efficient, effective and comprehensive free health care delivery to the officers and men of the Armed forces and their families.
To ensure that personnel and family get free, comprehensive, high quality health care through regular disbursement of funds and materials to the Health Care providers and monitoring the standards of health care delivery regularly.
At the primary care level, the DHML currently operates 138 health care facilities spread over the entire country. Those wishing to take advantage of DHML services must enroll so that adequate professional staffing and resources are available in both military and supporting facilities. Priority for treatment in military hospitals and clinics will be given to participants enrolled in DHML.
Another key feature of DHML is that all who enroll will be assigned a Primary Care Provider (PCP). A Primary Care Provider is a health care professional or medical establishment who patients see first for their health care needs. Primary Care Providers will be supported by military and civilian medical specialists to whom patients will be referred if they need specialty care.