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NHIF: the rich to pay more

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Months after a comparable plan was rejected by Parliament, President William Ruto has backed the call for the rich to make high monthly contributions to the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF).

President William Ruto has said that in order to boost the scheme’s funding pool, NHIF contributions will be based on workers’ monthly salaries.

Dr. William Ruto’s decision, which now has the support of the majority of parliament members in its favor, is a huge relief for the national insurer, which has been seeking for methods to enhance its financing in order to put into effect the universal health plan.

Currently, workers earning over Sh100,000 pay a fixed monthly contribution of Sh1,700 to NHIF.

“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,” said the President during his swearing-in ceremony.

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