The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) is a state corporation which was established in 1966 through an act of parliament. It was then exclusively offering medical cover to country's personalities in the formal sector .
However, regimes have always endeavoured to extend the cover to all including the unemployed. President Uhuru Kenyatta recently drew his focus to the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) which sought to have all and sundry having adequate access to affordable healthcare.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and National Assembly speaker at a past session (photo).
This entailed the enrollment of all into the NHIF so that medication no longer becomes a worrying issue even for chronic ailments which are very expensive to treat .
The legislative arm of government allegedly passed the NHIF Bill yesterday in a view to enhance the achievements of Universal Health Coverage dreams. The bill requires all Kenyans above 18 years to get compulsory enrolment with NHIF. This will ascertain all of medical cover in times of need .
However, a section of netizens have been drawn to the cost of the monthly subscriptions to the NHIF . Every individual who is above 18 years will have to part ways with 500 Kenyan shillings in a month which translates to 6000 shillings in a year. This is a huge blow to many families which leave below the poverty line . Here are some of the concerns .
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