National health insurance fund body offers health insurance cover to Kenyans.
National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) was established over 50 years ago as a department in the Ministry of Health to provide health insurance extensively for those in the formal work environment.
People who work for other sectors got a relief in 1972 after an amendment was made to allow for inclusion of membership in the informal sector.
The Fund was then transformed into a state Parastatal through an Act of parliament, NHIF Act No. 9 of 1998.
NHIF body has provided help to Kenyans in the times of sickness and in times of need.
At the moment NHIF provides health cover to over 8,000 private and public hospitals country wide.
Some of the services covered by NHIF include consultation, lab investigations, daycare procedures, drugs and dispensation, health education, wellness and counseling, vaccines immunization.
The national health insurance body also takes care of specialized treatment for renal dialysis, radiology and chemotherapy for cancer treatment, surgical procedures, maternal care and reproductive health services, emergency road evacuation, overseas treatment and rehabilitation for drug and substance abuse.
According to a report by Daily Nation, the government is pushing for mandatory payment of sh 500 by every Kenyan between the age of 18 and 65 years regardless of their economic status.
This bill is likely to affect people who come poor backgrounds and those who live below the poverty line.
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