Reject 13 Harmful Clauses in the NHIF Act Regulations, 2023 Now

While not entirely bad, the proposed National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) (Amendment) Bill, 2021, contains 13 punitive clauses that potentially hinder your access to affordable health care under NHIF during these tough economic times.

Under the proposed amendments:

  • Dependants diagnosed with sickle cell anaemia can be denied treatment under NHIF because the condition isn’t classified as a chronic illness.
  • Your partner can be denied treatment under your cover because you are not formally married.
  • Polygamous unions are not recognised. Therefore, only one wife can be a beneficiary.
  • The unemployed or living below the poverty line will be forced to make mandatory monthly contributions of KES 1,000 to NHIF.
  • Your rejected application to access the fund will not be communicated to you.
  • The unemployed and not those who necessarily need the NHIF cover bear the burden of contributing to the fund.
  • The employed must pay 2.7% of their gross income to NHIF.
  • Self-employed people could potentially pay less than the unemployed for the NHIF cover. Regardless, the 2.7% expected contribution is high considering other business-related costs.
  • Using short code *155# to access the cover excludes NHIF members who don’t have mobile phones or are unfamiliar with the SSD service.
  • It is unclear exactly when NHIF will add healthcare providers to its panel in a year, leaving you guessing.
  • Inspection of health facilities will only happen once a year, creating room for corrupt practices that could impact your access to quality healthcare.
  • Health facilities could make claims on your NHIF cover without you being notified.
  • Publication of tariffs payable to NHIF is not sufficient.

Sign the petition to call on Cabinet Secretary and NHIF Board to review the 13 harmful clauses in the NHIF Act Regulations, 2023, to ensure your access to affordable, quality healthcare.


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