, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 29 – Workers will soon begin paying the new National Hospital Insurance Fund monthly contributions as they will be gazetted next week.
Deputy President William Ruto says the rates will be gazetted after an agreement with NHIF, Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) and the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU).
Ruto pointed out that the government will be restructuring the Fund as it seeks to grow the contributions from the current Sh3.7 million to Sh25 million in the next five years.
“When these rates come into being, it will no longer be just the in-patient treatment, but even the out-patient treatment will be part of what will be made available by NHIF,” he said.
The proposed contribution will range between Sh150 and Sh1,700 per month depending on the workers’ income.
Presently, salaried workers’ contributions to NHIF range from Sh30 to Sh320 based on the gross monthly salary and at Sh160 for pensioners and the self-employed.
Ruto was speaking during a luncheon of Chief Executives from FKE member companies.
The inaugural luncheon was the first in a series where FKE members engaged with the government and other policy stakeholders on solutions and approaches to resolving the emerging issues in the labour market and employment.
On her part, FKE Chief Executive Officer Jacqueline Mugo says that the labour market has experienced increased strike action by workers, especially in the essential service sectors something that she says should be looked at.
“In the Industrial Court 295 cases for instance in the year 2007 we dealt with and if you look at 2013 that figure has grown to 2,072 and in fact the Industrial Court is struggling to cope with this number of cases,” she said.