The Government plans to review remittances by workers to the National Hospital Insurance Fund to match their earnings, Deputy President William Ruto has said.
Mr Ruto said those receiving high salaries should pay more to NHIF so as to fill the gap left by the vulnerable members of the society who are not able to remit huge figures.
He said currently the maximum monthly contribution to NHIF was Sh 1,700 for the high earners, a figure he said was too little.
“We intend to review the remittances to NIHF so as to match what we earn. Those who earn higher salaries can pay more to NHIF compared to those who earn less,” said Mr Ruto.
The Deputy President spoke on Monday when he presided over the Kajiado County’s largest livestock auction that netted Sh 29 million, to pay NHIF cover for 5,000 vulnerable families in the area.
Mr Ruto while praising the initiative by the county government said it would go a long way in ensuring successful implementation of the Universal Healthcare, which is part of the Big Four agenda.
The Deputy President said the initiative dubbed ‘Mbuzi Moja, Afya Bora, will help the vulnerable people in the County to benefit from NHIF services.
He expressed the Government’s commitment to ensure that every Kenyans has access to health care.
Mr Ruto said Jubilee leadership was keen on ensuring that each and every citizen has a health insurance, which will in turn give rise to a health and more productive nation.
“As a Government we are committed to providing healthcare for all Kenyans. It is through an initiative like this one that we will achieve our objective as far as our universal healthcare program is concerned,” said Mr Ruto.
Mr Ruto, at the same time, assured Kenyans that an amicable solution would be found to the increased fuel prices.
Mr Ruto said efforts were being made to solve the issue to cushion vulnerable Kenyans from the burden of paying high prices.
“The Government under the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta understands the problems facing Kenyans. Am sure an amicable solution to the issue of increased fuel will soon be reached,” said Mr Ruto.
Present were Governors Joseph ole Lenku (Kajiado) and Samuel Tunai (Narok), MPs Katoo ole Metito (Kajiado South), Ken Aramat (Narok East), Korei Lemein (Narok South), George Sunkuiya (Kajiado West), Joseph Manje (Kajiado North), Philip Mpaayei (Senator, Kajiado) and Health Principal Secretary Peter Tum.
Mr Tunai said leaders from the region would work together in exploring ways of improving the people’s lives.
“We will work together in making our areas an economic bloc so as to improve the living standards among our people,” said Mr Tunai.
Governor Lenku said only 200,000 people in his county have registered for NHIF card, adding that the program will greatly help register more people especially the vulnerable ones in rural areas.
“We are doing our best as leaders to help more people have access to NHIF cards. The successful implementation of the universal healthcare in every county depends on unity and teamwork among leaders in helping its citizens,” said Mr Lenku.
The MPs called for urgent solutions to the current crisis over increase of fuel, saying majority of Kenyans will not afford the current prices.
MP Manje urged the Government to among others refine the Turkana oil and sold to Kenyans as part of the efforts to make fuel at affordable to all citizens.
The legislators said they have resolved to support the Government implement its development agenda but vowed to rally behind Mr Ruto for presidency in 2022.
“As Maasai community, we have resolved to support the leadership of Mr Ruto when President Uhuru Kenyatta’s term comes to an end in 2022,” said MP Metito.
Earlier, the Deputy President laid a foundation stone for the proposed Ol Kajiado University of Applied Science and Technology.
To implement the Big Four Agenda and the transformation of Kenyans, Mr Ruto said the country must have youths with skills and competencies, which could only be acquired from technical institutions.
“There is no absolute reason among the youth why they should not enroll in technical training institutes. It is now affordable to all Kenyans,” said Mr Ruto.