NHIF Payments in Kenya: The government is set to introduce new health reforms that will see every household in Kenya pay a mandatory annual health coverage fee of Sh. 6,000.
This has been revealed by the cabinet secretary for the National Treasury Ukur Yatani. This payment will be made to facilitate the enrollment of every household in a universal health coverage for inpatient and outpatient services. According to the CS Yatani, this amount will be paid cover a whole year and will include medical services such as maternity, dialysis, cancer treatment and surgery.
“Government focus is on the establishment of a mandatory UHC scheme to be managed by NHIF and regulated by the Ministry of Health and act as the national scheme for all persons resident in Kenya, notwithstanding one’s social status,” Yatani said in the Budget Policy Statement for the upcoming fiscal year of 2021/2022.
This UHC plan will be part of the government’s reforms to make health insurance mandatory among all Kenyans regardless of their employment status. “Focus is also on provision of health insurance cover to initially one million households who are vulnerable and unable to meet even that low-cost premium. The identification of these one million households by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, and the counties across the entire country has already begun,” Yatani said.
According to the Economic Survey report, NHIF membership had risen from 4.4 million Kenyans to 8.4 million people from 2013 to the start of 2020.
Currently, unemployed workers are required to pay Sh. 500 per month to the NHIF in order to access medical services. However, the NHIF medical cover has faced criticism with Kenyans complaining that it is a waste of money since it does not cover all in and out patient services. This package has also been claimed to be problematic to get admitted with in certain hospitals.