Examining levels, distribution and correlates of health insurance coverage in Kenya

by Jacob S. Kazungu and Edwine W. Barasa
Tropical Medicine and International Health, Vol. 22, No 9, pp 1175–1185, September 2017

11 pp. 215 kB

Health insurance coverage in Kenya remains low and is characterised by significant inequality. In a context where over 80% of the population is in the informal sector, and close to 50% live below the national poverty line, achieving high and equitable coverage levels with contributory and voluntary health insurance mechanism is problematic. Kenya should consider a universal, tax-funded mechanism that ensures revenues are equitably and efficiently collected, and everyone (including the poor and those in the informal sector) is covered.

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