Contributions to Kenya’s National Hospital Insurance Fund might soon increase for anybody earning more than Ksh100,000 (NHIF)
The Ministry of Health, under the direction of departing CS Mutahi Kagwe, announced the tariff increases in a Gazette Notice published on Friday, October 21.
Those with incomes beyond Ksh100,000 will be subject to a new contribution structure that will assess a rate of 1.7% of earnings rather than the current fixed amount of Ksh1,700.
The payments will rise steadily with wages, from Ksh3,400 per month for individuals earning Ksh200,000 to Ksh8,500 per month for those earning Ksh500,000.
In addition, the flat rate is Ksh1,600 for those earning between Ksh90,000 and Ksh99,000, and Ksh1,500 for those earning between Ksh80,000 and Ksh90,000.
President William Ruto has thrown his support behind the planned reforms, adding that he has backing from Parliament in his efforts to improve the country’s savings culture and health sector.
If passed in parliament, it would provide NHIF a significant financial boost, allowing it to yearly generate more than Ksh20 billion.