Emergency, Chronic and Critical Illness Fund Implemented in Kenya

The Kenyan government’s recent gazetting of the Emergency, Chronic, and Critical Illness Fund Regulations, which received support from EMKF during drafting, marks a significant milestone in Kenya’s journey towards achieving Universal Emergency Healthcare Coverage. This new fund aims to;

  1. Enhance Accessibility: Every person shall be entitled to access emergency treatment in accordance with the benefits package set out in the regulations. This is inclusive of prehospital care.
  2. Reduce Financial Burdens: Beyond alleviating the financial burden on individuals and families facing emergency healthcare costs, the availability of the fund will help prevent situations where people avoid seeking emergency medical care due to financial constraints.
  3. Improve Quality of Care: Healthcare services will now be able to claim from the fund after providing emergency medical treatment in accordance with the benefits package. With the funds, they will be able to improve the quality of emergency services, ensuring that patients receive timely and appropriate emergency medical interventions.
  4. Promote Health Equity: The fund contributes to promoting health equity by ensuring that everyone, regardless of their financial status, has access to essential emergency healthcare services.
  5. Facilitate Efficient Healthcare Delivery: By streamlining the funding of emergency healthcare services, the regulations will lead to more efficient delivery of emergency medical care, benefiting both patients and healthcare service providers.

Overall, the Emergency, Chronic, and Critical Illness Fund Regulations represent a positive step toward achieving comprehensive and equitable emergency healthcare coverage for all in Kenya. To learn more, click on the button below to download the regulations. Emergency medical care-specific regulations are highlighted.

Emergency Medicine Kenya Foundation