2.2 Withholding of social security


2.2.2 National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF)

Kenya | Commentary

2.2.2 National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF)

Kenya | Commentary

2.2.2     National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF)

The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIT) is a department of the Kenyan Ministry of Health that provides medical insurance cover to its members and their declared dependants (spouse and children).

NHIF membership is compulsory for all residents in Kenya aged at least 18 years with a monthly income of more than KES 1,000.

NHIF registers all eligible members and provides access to a range of healthcare services. There is a self service portal which can be accessed at the link here. Online registration sends a request to the local office for manual processing.

NHIF employee contributions qualify for a 15% tax relief. Although contributions to NHIF are employee-only, an additional matching employer contribution may be introduced. Details at NHIF.

NHIF provides four insurance schemes for its members:


    •     National Supa Cover products and services offering medical cover to individuals in employment


    •     the Civil

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