Underway plans to increase NHIF contributions.
Ministry of health announced Underway plans to increase NHIF contributions.
In a Gazette Notice dated Friday, October 21, the Ministry of Health chaired by the outgoing Cabinet secretary, Mutahi Kagwe invited comments from the public over the revised rates.
According to the revised rates, Kenyan workers earning Ksh90,000 and Ksh99,000 will pay a flat rate of Ksh1,600 while those earning between Ksh80,000 and Ksh90,000 will pay Ksh1,500.
On the other hand, workers earning over Ksh100,000 will pay the NHIF cut at the rate of 1.7 per cent of their earnings instead of the flat-rate fee of sh1,700.
Additionally individuals earning Ksh200,000 monthly , will be paying Ksh3,400 while those who earn Ksh500,000 will have their contributions increased to Ksh8,500.
Part of the notice read,”The Ministry of Health in consultation with the National Health Insurance Fund has developed 5 sets of proposed National Health Insurance Fund Regulations, 2022, to facilitate effective implementation of the provisions of the National Health Insurance Fund Act, 2022 Laws of Kenya. The proposed Regulations have been subjected to public participation and comments therefrom incorporated.”
This comes after president William Ruto stated that he is planning on increasing the country’s revenue.
He revealed that for health reforms to occur, the national hospital insurance fund contributions will be graduated, depending on how much a person is earning.
Ruto stated,”Our health agenda is premised on fundamental reforms in the way healthcare is financed and provided. Contributions to the National Health Insurance Fund will now be graduated and will depend on people’s income,” stated the DP.”