5 Affordable health insurance covers Kenya
As an insurance agency, we are asked two major questions when it comes to health insurance covers Kenya in Kenya” How much does medical insurance cost in Kenya?” and “Which is the cheapest medical cover in Kenya?” As an insurance agency, we get asked this question a lot. The affordability of health insurance definitely varies from one person to another and it requires understanding what the coverage entails.
If you find yourself asking about healthcare affordability, we are here to help you understand affordable health insurance covers in Kenya. When looking at healthcare in Kenya, we shall look at Kenya’s national insurance options as well as private health insurance covers in Kenya.
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National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF)
The National Health Insurance Fund commonly known as NHIF is the most affordable health insurance plan in Kenya with contributions ranging from KES 500 to 1700. The contributions are based on your income as well as the nature of employment one is engaged in.
For self-employed individuals, they are automatically enrolled in the NHIF Supa cover. This will cover them, their spouses, and their children. They are responsible for remitting their contributions to NHIF. As for NHIF members that are employed, their employers are responsible for their submission of NHIF fees, and the contribution is based on an income scale.
What does NHIF cover in Kenya?
NHIF offers the services below:
- Consultation services
- Daycare procedures and surgeries
- Drugs & prescriptions
- Health education
- Drug and substance abuse
- Rehabilitation and physiotherapy services
It is important to note that NHIF Supa Cover does not cover dental and optical services without preauthorization. This means that you will need to seek approval first from them before you can enjoy the benefits.
- Nursing care
- Laboratory tests
- Radiology examinations
- Physician’s fees
- Surgeries and operating theater charges
- Prescribed medications
- Dressings and Maternity
Affordable Private Health Insurance Covers Kenya
Now that we have a basic understanding of NHIF, we shall discuss what other options we have for affordable health insurance covers Kenya has to offer. By no means, this list will not be exhaustive and we welcome your experience with the current.
What is covered in a health insurance policy?
So, what is covered in health insurance covers Kenya has to offer? We had discussed the components of private medical insurance in Kenya in an earlier article. You can have a refresher read here. However, the main areas of coverage for medical insurance include:
- Inpatient services
- Outpatient services
- Maternity services
- Dental and optical plan
Health insurance companies in Kenya
Before we go further, we shall need to understand who are the major health insurance companies in Kenya and the best medical insurance companies in Kenya 2020. The list below gives us a list of health insurance covers Kenya providers in no particular order or preferences.
- Jubilee Insurance
- UAP-Old Mutual Insurance is now Old Mutual Insurance
- Heritage Insurance*
- GA Insurance
- Madison Insurance*
- Kenyan Alliance
- Allianz Kenya**
- APA Insurance
- MUA Insurance
- Resolution Insurance is now under receivership
* to mean they provide medical insurance for corporates only for both local and international health insurance covers.
**to mean they provide international medical insurance for both individuals and corporates and they have a local office presence.
So, what are the affordable private health insurance covers Kenya? To make this make sense we shall assume the average family size in Kenya to be 4 members based on 2019 statistics. Other important things to note are as below:
* Family options available
***Family and individual options are available but for SMEs only
Madison recently revised their medical insurance cover to include new benefits packages. However, in the spirit of keeping affordability in mind for health insurance covers Kenya has available, we shall only look at two of the new benefits:
This package provides options from 1 family member and above. The package is one of the most comprehensive plans with basic inpatient and outpatient cover. One can add a maternity benefit at a cost of up to KES 75,000. The outpatient cover has an inclusive dental and optical plan of up to 15,000 each per family which forms part of outpatient.
The cover also offers one of the biggest inpatient limits of up to 1.5M a family. Making it one of the highest in the market, especially for individuals and families. The inpatient limits vary from 500K-1.5M while the outpatient limit varies from 50K – 100K. All these are family shared.
The inpatient cover of 1.5M per family shared and 100K outpatient per family shared premium contribution rates goes for about KES 91,400 a year irrespective of age between 18 years and 60 years and also assuming good health
Madison Betterlife Ignite**
This is one of the best health insurance covers Kenya has that is designed for young adults aged between 18 years and 30 years only. It is a friendly introduction to young adults into the world of insurance and it takes away the worry of the biggest considerations such as inpatient, outpatient, dental and optical cover. It is strictly for singles and therefore it doesn’t provide maternity insurance.
It has a single premium between KES 19,000 and 25,000 shillings with inpatient varying from 500K-1.5M and outpatient from 50K-100K. For the smallest benefits, an inpatient of 500K and outpatient of 50K, dental and optical of 10K each is covered under outpatient, one person will pay 19,654 shillings while the biggest plans of 1.5M inpatient and 100K outpatient with a dental and optical of 15K each covered under outpatient is KES 24,834 a year.
The other product in the list of available health insurance covers Kenya has is the plan from UAP-Old Mutual called Afyaimara County. This particular plan has also undergone some major changes in recent years. The plan has inpatient limits varying from 100K-1M and outpatient from 25K-50K.
Premium contribution rates of this particular product are based on age brackets of 10 years, meaning that the product is cheaper in your 20s, and price increases as your age increases irrespective of good medical history. A Family of 4 the oldest between the ages of 18-29 years, will pay approximately Kes. 70,000 for an inpatient of 100K and outpatient of 25K per person. With the same factors taken into consideration, the family of 4 will pay approximately 113K for an inpatient of 1M and 25K outpatient per person.
The maximum age for admission into the cover is 65 years. Dental and optical overs are only available under outpatient up to a limit of 10K each. Maternity insurance is inbuilt into the inpatient cover.
APA Afya Nafuu*
Afya Nafuu provided by APA is one of the many health insurance covers Kenya has to offer that is available in the market. It has options for inpatient ranging from 100K-1M per family and outpatient from 30K-100K per person. It also has maternity cover between 50K-100K. The premium contribution rates are based on the age bracket and consequently, the premium increases when your age increases.
A family of 4 will pay approximately KES 130K a year for a limit of 1M inpatient family shared and 100K outpatient per person. The maximum age for admission into the cover is 75 years. No dental and optical cover is provided.
Jubilee Micro Health Cover***
This is one of the health insurance covers Kenya has to offer and is available for SMEs and registered groups and organizations with at least 10 principals members and a maximum of 20. Jubilee insurance medical cover rates for this micro health cover are based on benefits with a uniform age of between 18 years-60 years. The benefits range from 200K-500K inpatient, Outpatient of between 40K -60K, dental and optical between 5K-10K.
Maternity insurance is inbuilt into the inpatient cover. The premium contribution rates of a family of 4 for an inpatient of 500K and outpatient of 60K is approximately 73K.
GA SME Economy Plan***
This is one of the health insurance covers Kenya has to offer provided by GA targets SMEs from 3 members to -9 members. They provide relatively higher levels of cover with inpatients ranging from 300K-5M and outpatients from 50K-200K., dental and optical of between 10K-30K, and Maternity of between 75K-150K A family.
Premium contribution rates of a family of 4 for an inpatient of 2M and outpatient of 100K is approximately 122K a year. This excludes maternity, dental and optical insurance cover. It admits members between 18 years and 59 years.
Which health insurance covers Kenya has to offer is best ?
When it comes to the best medical insurance covers in Kenya, it is really a very difficult question as it is based on so many things which include but are not limited to your current health conditions, and budget requirements among others. You can read more on the same here:
New benefit packages in health insurance covers in Kenya are being updated and provided to ensure that they reflect the changes in terms of demand for better services, and competition from international health insurance providers as well as local companies.
At the end of the day, don’t forget to do a cost-benefit analysis for all the health insurance covers Kenya has to offer. This is because, cheap/affordable doesn’t always mean the best, sometimes cheap can be expensive. If you would like to talk to some to help you do a cost-benefit analysis for the above covers?