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Mule Calls for Accountability Ahead of NHIF Transition to SHIF

Matungulu MP Stephen Mule has raised the alarm about the financial operations of the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) ahead of its scheduled transition to the State Health Insurance Fund (SHIF) on July 1st.

Speaking at Koma, Mule revealed that NHIF owes hospitals billions of shillings, a debt severely impacting patients’ access to healthcare services. 

He highlighted that despite Kenyans’ regular contributions, many cannot receive medical care, particularly in private hospitals, due to unpaid NHIF dues.

“Hospitals across the country are struggling because of unpaid dues by NHIF, and it is the ordinary Kenyan who is suffering. Before we switch to SHIF, NHIF must lay bare its financial records. Kenyans deserve to know where their money has gone.” Mule said.

His call for accountability comes at a crucial time, with many fearing that the upcoming transition could further complicate access to healthcare if the existing issues within NHIF are not addressed.

This move by Mule underscores the need for greater oversight and transparency in public health insurance schemes, ensuring that the funds collected are used effectively to benefit all Kenyans. 

The lawmaker also stressed that the proposed finance bill that will be in Parliament this coming week is meant to make life harder for Kenyans.

“I can say without fear of contradiction that the car tax is meant to cripple the church, come to think of it how many cars does the Catholic church have, the AIC, Redeemed, and ABC churches. How will they afford to pay for the 2.5 percent yearly,” Mule questioned.

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