Members of the National Assembly on Tuesday approved the NHIF Amendment Bill, which makes it compulsory for all adults to contribute to the National Health Insurance Fund.
Every household will also be expected to pay NHIF Ksh6,000 annually in the new reforms while Employers will be expected to make equal contributions to the fund for their employees.
Wananchi are not happy with new NHIF changes, especially considering that members have been getting a raw deal when it comes to accessing quality healthcare services in NHIF accredited facilities.
Below are some of the comments shared by Kenyans on Twitter on the NHIF Amendment Bill;
Joel Shunza Gitali: Somebody to take this nonsense to court. How does a person living below the poverty line afford 6k? There are people who do not know where the next meal will come from. Is this the UHC thing? Making healthcare inaccessible to the poor? Impoverished by the government!
ThatQuestionMark: Before we burden 18yr olds and unemployed youths with unnecessary contributions, let’s force @NAssemblyKE and @Senate_KE to allocate 15% of the national budget to health care as per the Abuja declaration
TV Mounting Nairobi: Half of Kenyans can’t afford healthcare. Most people can barely afford 200 shillings monthly subscription for anything…MPs really think everybody lives lavishly like they do…smh
Otulo Jackson, PhD: I stand to be corrected,thought Living below poverty line~Living below a dollar/day.》500/month. Not bad if they mean good for citizens.What needs to be addressed,will we be in proximity to health facilities which accept NHIF cards? Look at gwassi constituency,no hospital at all!waste
Makau F. Muli: NHIF should not be given more money until is fully accountable to the funds the organization.
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