UHC laws were signed into law a day before the 60th Mashujaa Day celebrations in Kericho County.
President William Ruto explained his decision to sign four crucial Universal Health Coverage (UHC) bills into law.
Even as they increase the tax burden on Kenyans.
President Ruto emphasized that the new legislation would no longer determine healthcare access by one’s financial capacity but by their healthcare needs.
Tax burden on Kenyans
He noted that the existing system had low-income earners paying a higher percentage of their income compared to high-income earners.
He further pointed out that these new laws would encourage a shift in the healthcare system.
Many Kenyans struggle with out-of-pocket healthcare expenses and forgo medical care due to financial constraints.
The new Social Health Insurance Act establishes a publicly financed Primary Health Fund,
Which aligns with President Ruto’s promise of a healthcare system that covers all Kenyans.
The Facility Improvement Financing Act seeks to improve financial autonomy for health facilities, allowing them to retain funds and operate based on their priorities.
The approach is expected to enhance resource availability, efficiency, and ultimately, the quality of healthcare services.
Digitization of healthcare services.
Ultimately benefiting the delivery of telemedicine and health management information systems.
In conclusion, President Ruto underlined his government’s mission to build a progressive, responsive, and sustainable healthcare system that ensures every Kenyan has access to quality healthcare services regardless of their background or circumstances.
These laws represent a significant step toward achieving this vision and addressing the long-standing healthcare disparities in the country.