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Ruto to spend Ksh 5b on portal for tracking Social Health Insurance Fund (SHIF) deductions

Ruto administration to 5b digital system to track Social Health Insurance Fund (SHIF) deductions to curb mismanagement.

To combat the rise in insurance fraud, the Ministry of Health plans to introduce a new digital system under the new Social Health Insurance Fund (SHIF). 

The government’s projected Ksh5 billion investment in the Centralized Healthcare Provider Management System (CHPMS) will improve the monthly collection of SHIF contributions from the populace.

Other functions include registration, validation and the processing of medical claims submitted by patients from approved medical institutions. 

The ministry stated in the draft Regulatory Impact Statement for the Social Health Regulations 2023 that the system will assist in reducing policyholders’ erroneous or inflated claims by 10 to 20 percent. 

In addition, the system which accredited hospitals will use to input patient data and record SHIF claims, will enhance transparency as an audit trail can be retrieved for referencing. 

“The system will permit user rights to authorised persons and apply to the board for rights and access to the system in line with the Data Protection Act 2019,” the ministry noted. 

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SHIF replaced the defunct National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) which was linked to fraud and corruption-related cases resulting in losses of millions of shillings.

The High Court in November 2023 halted the implementation of the new healthcare plan in a petition filed by businessman Joseph Enock Aura challenging some of its sections. 

Court of Appeal on Friday, January 19 lifted the order, pending a ruling in an appeal filed by the State. 

“We hereby suspend the orders of the High Court restraining the implementation and or enforcement of The Social Health Insurance Act, 2023, The Primary Health Care Act, 2023,’’ a three-judge bench ruled. 

Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Susan Nakhumicha speaking at a local media house on Wednesday defended the health plan, noting that the system was preventive and promotive, as opposed to NHIF which was curative in nature. 

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