Kenya’s Civil servants to benefit from new medical cover
The government has rolled out a new medical Insurance cover to provide health security to civil servants and members of the disciplined forces.
Announcing the move, Public Service Minister Dalmas Otieno said the government was living up to its obligations to provide affordable health care for its citizens.
“Government in fulfillment of its obligation as an employer, to ensure access to quality health care, has introduced a comprehensive medical insurance cover for its employees and their eligible dependants,” Said Mr. Otieno.
It all came to effect on the 1st of January 2012 and is expected to reduce the burden of meeting medical expenses by a majority of Kenyan employees who may ill afford the costs.
“The cover is expected to bring relief to civil servants and disciplined services who over the years have had to meet high costs of medical bills from their own resources in most cases.” Said Mr. Otieno during the announcement.
The insurance cover will be administered by the National hospital insurance fund; but this came after the short-listed consortium of private medical insurance companies failed to meet the threshold amount set by the Government.
“The Government, in fulfillment of its obligation under the Employment Act 2007 and the Constitution of Kenya 2010, to ensure access to quality health care has introduced a comprehensive medical insurance cover for its employees and their eligible dependants,” Said Mr. Titus Ndambuki, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of public service.
Those covered under the plan include a minimum of three children of the principal holder, with possibilities of additional children through a separate arrangement with NHIF.
“It caters for the principal member, spouse, and three children less than 18 years of age and up to a maximum of 25 years if still a full time student in school or college,” Mr. Ndambuki said.
Civil servants are to surrender their monthly medical allowance starting January 2012 to go towards the scheme. The lowest paid civil servant is therefore going to have to forego the KSh375 monthly allowance while the rest of the job groups will lose up to KSh2, 940 for the highest paid civil servant.