The County government of Kisumu has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) and PharmAccess Kenya for funding and provision of Social Health Insurance to indigent families who are not able to afford monthly contribution to the Insurance Fund.
The agreement was signed by Kisumu county Deputy Governor Mathew Ochieng Owili and the NHIF Chief Executive Officer Peter Kamunyo. This will see a total of 90,000 poor households in Kisumu county benefit from the medical insurance scheme.
The scheme seeks to compliment healthcare provision as envisaged under President Uhuru’s Big Four Agenda that includes Universal Health Coverage (UHC) program. This will ensure that there is sustainability and quality in provision of healthcare services.
Speaking during the event the Deputy Governor said the scheme will enable the needy to effectively access proper healthcare services both outpatient and inpatient across the county.
The county government will pay insurance for the first batch of 45,000 indigent households in the first phase and additional 45,000 in the second phase.
“Eventually we’re going to cover 90,000 in this special scheme where the county is paying and ensuring those unable to pay are catered for.” said Dr. Owili.
On his part, Dr. Kamunyo congratulated Kisumu County for taking such a bold move to implement the scheme which is a first in Kenya.
The County Indigent Health Care Program helps low-income Kisumu residents have access to health care services.
Kisumu County government is keen on providing access to quality preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitation and palliative health services to every single resident regardless of their ability to pay.
In the MoU, The County Government of Kisumu shall provide the funds for the insurance cover for the identified vulnerable households to be enrolled as members of the NHIF.
NHIF on its part will provide both inpatient and outpatient medical cover to the beneficiaries in the NHIF accredited hospitals, with access to in-patient and outpatient benefits under the NHIF Supa Cover national scheme.
Universal Health Coverage is one of the agenda items outlined in Governor Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o’s manifesto and forms a major part of the transformational journey of the restructuring and reorganization of healthcare provision in Kisumu County.