William Ruto: Government will overhaul National Hospital Insurance Fund, National Social Security Fund


Nairobi, Kenya: Deputy President William Ruto Tuesday said the government will restructure the key funds in the country to enhance efficiency and delivery of services.

He said the management structures of National Hospital Insurance Fund and the National Social Security Fund must be reformed to enhance efficiency in collection of contributions.

Ruto said there is need to increase contribution by members to make funds viable.

The Deputy President spoke when he met the National Executive Committee (NEC) members of the Central Organization of Trade Union (COTU) led by the Secretary General Francis Atwoli.

 “The concept of universal health care is at the heart of the Jubilee manifesto and for that reason we intend to overhaul the system to make it accountable,” said Ruto.

He said the government proposes to scale up NHIF remittance by both employees and employers and also increase the current NSSF contribution and transform the fund from a provident to a pension scheme.

“There must be a prudent management and investment of workers contribution to the NSSF because it is a base scheme which we feel every citizen must contribute to reap the benefit,” the Deputy President said.