World Bank , National Health Insurance Fund, NHIF, Health Insurance The World Bank push to have more private clinics under the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) scheme and cover medicines to curb out-of-pocket spending seems fine at face value but the devil is in the detail. The expenditure is going to push more households into poverty.

The proposal to review the Kenyan health financing model to include private players will further expand the risks by commodifying and privatising healthcare provision, including the rising costs and exclusion, and widening inequalities. That undermines the right to health, limiting accessibility and affordability and pushing people into poverty and crushing debt. There is no value for public funds as vast sums go into supporting a private sector that often charges high fees for substandard care.

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