NHIF plan to recruit new members gains traction

Members of the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) crossed the 7 million mark last December on the back of a campaign that recruited new members from the informal sector.

Official data shows that the public health insurer added nearly a million members in the 18 months to December as the government pushes for increased medical insurance coverage through the fund.

The scheme, which is open to any Kenyan over the age of 18 years with a monthly income of over Sh1,000, has reached national coverage of about 25 million people who include contributors’ dependants, according to the NHIF chief executive, Geoffrey Mwangi.