Each year, more than 1 million Kenyans drop below the poverty line because of the healthcare-related spending. Poverty due to unemployment rates, diseases, low income, and other challenges disposes many peoples to disease while slowing growth.
However, improving healthcare, many Kenyan people still have issues in accessing services. Thus, many people are forced to choose between healthcare and other daily expenses such as clothing, education, and food.
Actually, many people are pushed into high poverty every year due to costly spending on health. According to the World Bank report, out of 2 in 10 people have access to healthcare insurance in Kenya. Hence, the Affordable healthcare part p of the Big 4 Outline can become President Uhuru Kenyatta’s legacy report. Basically, the success of UHC mostly depends on the effectiveness and efficiency of NHIF and other health policies.
However, the pilot project on UHC in Isiolo, Machakos, and Nyeri countries targeting around 3.2 million Kenyans. It will roll out in all 47 counties by 2022 which may give some directions.
Current trends across the globe show that spending on healthcare is growing rapidly than the other global economy. However, the WHO report states that the spending accounts for 10% of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product). But that expenses are insufficient. Numerous problems should be our worries as a way out of the healthcare challenge.
Requirements to improve healthcare poverty:
- Improved Quality
The country needs to concentrate on solidarity and equity on growing the bar for healthcare for everyone. This means, Kenya must ensure quality, access to primary healthcare is significant for the health coverage.
- Access Healthcare
NHIF must revamp to comprise everyone. It also needs to implement more cost-effective and innovative ways to help and capture healthcare access in the country. However, technologies such as telemedicine are also the best solution to improve healthcare services.