Every home in Kenya will now be forced to part with ksh500 every month, the money that will directly go to the government.
According to treasury cabinet secretary Ukur Yatani, each household would party with ksh6,000 each year to be enrolled in a universal health coverage (UHC) scheme for inpatient and outpatient services, including 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,” Said Ukur Yatani.
Currently, only workers in the formal sectors are compelled to join the scheme and that’s why the government is looking forward to seeing every Kenyan being included.
“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,” Said Yatani.
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Ukur 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.
A section of Kenyans on social media are already talking about this new bill with some saying that, it will put pressure on Kenyans that are less vulnerable. More