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Health insurance to be compulsory for all Kenyans by 2017

15 February 2016, 15:51 Ken Wekesa

Nairobi - Health Cabinet Secretary, Cleophas Mailu has revealed that the ministry has started negotiations with NHIF to have a compulsory health cover for all Kenyans by the next financial Year.

Mailu revealed that 44% of the Kenyans cannot access proper medical treatment whenever they are ill, saying that is a major challenge in the health sector.

“Kenya's population grows at a rate of 2.9% annually, which is placing more demand for health services and so there is need to ensure that Kenyans have access to medical care,” said Mailu.

Speaking to the press in Mombasa at the official opening of senior medical staff retreat, Mailu said that NHIF needs to be reformed to increase efficiency of the fund.

He added that talks are in place to ensure that the fund covers those seeking treatment abroad.

The Health CS said currently the country is still battling with non-communicable diseases despite efforts to provide information to members of the public.

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“We have also noted that the general public is reluctant to change lifestyle despite the fact cancer, hypertension, heart disease and diabetes are rising and emerging as a major health problem,” said Mailu.

He said the ministry has set aside KES 4.2 billion to facilitate free maternal care for women in all public facilities in the country amid move to create a free universal care for all women in the country.

The ministry is also working towards increasing the number of KMTC colleges in the country to help address the shortage of human resources currently being experienced in the counties.

The senior medical staffs are also set to discuss challenges facing the importation of medicinal drugs into the country.

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