NHIF manager in Mwanza Region, Jarlath Mushashu gave the warning when speaking to leaders of students here over the weekend, saying: “There is an increasing tendency whereby some people and colleges, varsity students, who are members give their cards to other people for medical treatment. This is unacceptable and anyone who will be found doing so the law would take its course.”
Mushashu described NHIF as alternative financing option in the health sector, which is a result of governments’ decision to implement health sector reforms programmes.
“The fund's motive is to bring quality health services closer to its members, hence anyone playing foul with his/her card is sabotaging the fund activities and we won’t tolerate this,” the official said, calling members of the fund to ensure that their Ids are safe and free from multiple use.
"By giving your ID to another one who is not a member is to deny eligible members to access medical services. That’s why we’re saying doing so is illegal.”
The NHIF official asked students and ordinary people to join the fund because of its countless benefits and assurance of the medical services.
Mushashu said that the idea of the fund is to reach every Tanzanian in the next few years.
NHIF is a social health insurance scheme established by CAP 395 with the main objective of ensuring accessibility of health care services to all Tanzanians. Despite the compulsory arrangement to public servants, the Fund has managed to expand its coverage to include councillors, private companies, religious and education institutions, private individuals, children under 18 (TOTO Afya) as well as mutual groups, whereby all members equally access health services in all accredited health facilities.
The Fund is also administering the Bunge Health Insurance Scheme, on behalf of the National Assembly.