Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani has said that each Kenyan household will soon make a compulsory Sh500 monthly contribution to the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), set to finance the universal health coverage (UHC) scheme for outpatient and inpatient services for all Kenyans.
“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,” CS Yatani said.
In the new scheme, all Kenyans, including those in the informal sector will be required to make the contribution, unlike the current scheme where only workers in the formal sector are compelled to join.
“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,” Mr Yatani said.
The State has offered to sponsor one million poor households at the onset of the UHC scheme, which is modelled on the US’s Obamacare that requires all Americans to buy insurance cover.
The Treasury secretary said the plans to roll out the State-backed health insurance were at an advanced stage, with the collection of the beneficiaries’ data already underway.
The Health ministry said a proposed law on the management of the UHC scheme would be tabled in Parliament soon.
“Let the Bill go to Parliament, it will have the details,” Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe told the Business Daily when reached for comment on how the UHC would be run.
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