NHIF bill reeks of mischief, needs review


A member scans a finger during NHIF mass biometric registration at Wamagana Education hall in Nyeri County on June 2, 2021.

Photo credit: Joseph Kanyi | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • There is no harm in the country’s quest to plan for citizens’ health. But there are all reasons to reject such a plan if it is not logically viable.
  • Ideally, the bill has good intentions, but which are poorly thought out. Its drafters must review it.

The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) Amendment Bill 2021 continues to raise weighty questions. Instructively, it aims at converting the fund into a scheme to cover all Kenyans in form of universal health coverage (UHC) after enlisting all citizens aged 18 and above, who will pay Sh6,000 per year in premiums.


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