NHIF forays into counties to up member numbers

National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) has rolled out a campaign targeting counties in a bid to have them enrol residents to the scheme. Chief Executive Officer, Geoffrey Mwangi, said the initiative is meant to boost access to universal health care. He asked county governments to work together with the Fund so that more hospitals get NHIF accreditation.

“By enrolling with NHIF, the facilities in the counties stand to benefit from the revolving fund and the lives of county residents will improve through packages such as Linda Mama,” he said.

Mwangi was speaking during a tour by NHIF and Ministry of Health officials to Vihiga, Kakamega, Siaya and Migori counties, where he met the respective governors to lobby their support for the ongoing universal healthcare enrolment campaign.

The parties resolved to enter into a mutually beneficial relationship that will see counties benefit from NHIF comprehensive health cover. Vihiga Governor Wilber Ottichilo promised to work closely with the Fund to ensure more people join the scheme.

He said the initiative will help curb the culture of fundraising to offset hefty hospital bills that is common in the community. His Kakamega counterpart Wycliffe Oparanya pledged to support the scheme and attainment of universal healthcare.

He said the county will open the first phase of the Kakamega Teaching and Referral Hospital which will include a medical school that is preparing to receive its first students in September.

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