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Pinda to grace NHIF decade festivities on Monday

17th March 2012
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Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda

Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda is expected to grace celebrations to mark 10 years of the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) on Monday.

NHIF Director General Emmanuel Humba told reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the celebrations would be held at the NHIF headquarters in Kurasini Bendera Tatu area, Dar es Salaam.

The director general said the theme for the celebrations was commitment and trustworthiness and the aim of the celebrations was to bring together all stakeholders from different parts of the country to share NHIF successes and challenges since its inception.

Humba said the celebrations would also involve the launch of two books, one on the history of the NHIF and the other on treatment services in rural areas.

He said during the celebrations various stakeholders, who had highly contributed to the NHIF, would be awarded, including reporters.

The NHIF was established by an Act of Parliament No. 8 of 1999. It is administered by the board of directors, which is autonomous but reports to the minister responsible for health matters.

The main objectives of the health insurance scheme are to institute a permanent and reliable system for the provision of health services to formal sector employees, to improve the accessibility and quality of health services by introducing competition among health care providers from the government, religious, non-governmental organisations and private health providers.

 

Other objectives are to establish a reliable method, which will enable formal sector employees to contribute towards their own health and those of their families.

The NHIF has registered 268,702 principal members, hence the number of beneficiaries of NHIF services are over 1.3 million, as each principal member is entitled to register their spouse and four children and/or dependants


SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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