Just how did NHIF spend Sh6bn in reserve funds?

What you need to know:

  • The Health ministry is said to have defied counsel not to create a parallel system to NHIF, as UHC was sold as a “health system strengthening initiative”.

  • According to the financial Act, a project of that magnitude, financially, needed policy backing and Cabinet approval, but neither took place.

National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) officials announced earlier this week that they will adopt austerity measures to keep the insurer afloat, but insiders are wondering what happened to about Sh6 billion it held in reserve for turbulent times, such as these.

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