President Ruto signs 4 Universal Health Care (UHC) in law

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On Thursday, President William Ruto took a significant step by endorsing four pivotal Universal Health Coverage (UHC) bills.

Solidifying its place in the law books.

The four legislations: namely the Primary Health Care Bill, Facility Improvement Financing Bill, Digital Health Bill, and Social Health Insurance Bill, are set to reshape Kenya’s healthcare landscape.

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The Primary Health Care Bill lays down the foundation for efficient health service delivery and management through Primary Healthcare Networks (PCNs) and Community Health Units. Photo: William Samoei Ruto/Facebook.

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Besides, the UHC bills cement the role of Community Health Promoters in providing community-based primary healthcare services.

Meanwhile, the Facility Improvement Financing Bill aims to establish a robust, secure.

Further transparent system for collecting, retaining, and overseeing funds generated from health services.

This financial framework will ensure that resources are allocated where they are most needed.

The Digital Health Bill is a digital revolution in the making. It will facilitate the creation and maintenance of the Comprehensive Integrated Management Information System (CIMIS).

This system will serve as the cornerstone for digital infrastructure, seamlessly exchanging vital health information.

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The Social Health Insurance Bill significantly shifts from the existing National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) structure. Photo: William Samoei Ruto/Facebook.

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It brings the promise of quality healthcare within reach for all Kenyans, irrespective of their financial status.

The monumental change will require formal sector employees to contribute 2.75 per cent of their monthly salary.

Moreover, a minimum cap of Ksh.300 was set and a maximum limit of Ksh.5,000.

These laws set the stage for a brighter, healthier future for all Kenyan citizens.

Fostering a system that’s fair, efficient, and technologically advanced.

The path to universal health coverage is clearer, providing hope and opportunities for better healthcare for every Kenyan.

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