Cabinet approves three new funds to replace NHIF
30/08/2023 20:22 in Politics News
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To achieve Universal Health Care (UHC) across the nation, the government has started the process of dissolving the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF).
Following a meeting on Tuesday at the Kakamega State Lodge presided over by President William Ruto, the Cabinet passed three bills that will repeal the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) and establish the Primary Healthcare Fund, Social Health Insurance Fund, and Emergency, Chronic and Critical Illness Fund in its place.
The Primary Health Care Bill, 2023; Digital Health Bill, 2023; Facility Improvement Financing Bill, 2023; and Social Health Insurance Bill, 2023 would be sent to Parliament for approval, according to a despatch from State House Spokesperson Hussein Mohamed.
The current National Health Insurance Fund is repealed, and its place is taken by the Primary Healthcare Fund, Social Health Insurance Fund, and Emergency, Chronic and Critical Illness Fund, according to the Cabinet. This marks a paradigm shift in the legal and institutional framework for healthcare in Kenya.
The Cabinet Dispatch reports that the Digital Health Bill will allow for the creation of standards for the delivery of m-health, telemedicine, and e-learning in the healthcare industry.
The Cabinet remarked that "this new architecture is expected to provide a framework for improved health outcomes and financial protection of families in faithfulness to the State's solemn duty to guarantee the health and welfare of all her citizens."
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