NHIF launches cover for informal sector
The national hospital insurance fund is now seeking to educate the informal sector on the benefits of the medical scheme. NHIF, which initially covered only in-patient cases, revised rates upwards to enable it to offer additional benefits that now include out-patient services. The new charges also present the case for covering all diseases including chronic ones without any discrimination, a move that cushions contributors against the vicious cycle of medical costs inflation, further easing the burden of medication which currently constitutes about 35 per cent of out-of-pocket household expenditure.
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