State seeks deal in raising NHIF top earners rates

Sicily Kariuki
Health secretary Sicily Kariuki. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The government will strike a deal with workers and employers before asking top income earners topay more in monthly contributions to the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF).

Health secretary Sicily Kariuki said the announcement of plans to increase the rates had sparked an uproar with Central Organisation of Trade Union (Cotu) opposing the move.

The proposal comes barely three years after the NHIF raised workers contributions from Sh320 to a graduated scale of between Sh500 and Sh1,700 per month based on monthly pay.

“The feedback which came after the proposal was aired was some level of resistance because we have not actually undertaken consultations and that is the stage we are in. We have to carry the workers, employers and general public in how we view this proposal,” Ms Kariuki said.

Employers are represented by the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) who like Cotu have seat in the NHIF board.