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FACTORS INFLUENCING UPTAKE OF SOCIAL HEALTH INSURANCE IN KENYA: A CASE OF NYERI COUNTY.

FACTORS INFLUENCING UPTAKE OF SOCIAL HEALTH INSURANCE IN KENYA: A CASE OF NYERI COUNTY.

Boniface Gathu Macharia - Author.

Eunice Muthoni Mwangi - Co-Author.

Musa Oluoch  - Co-Author.

 


ABSTRACT

A good health financing system raises fund for health, in ways that ensure people can use needed services and are protected from financial catastrophe which are associated with having to pay for them. Many high-income countries that are progressing towards, or have already achieved, universal coverage have relied heavily on general taxation, social health insurance or a mix of both. In many low- and middle income countries striving towards universal coverage, a pluralistic health financing system typically evolves whereby a mix of health insurance and risk-protection schemes are targeted at distinct socio-economic groups. The study’s main objective is to assess the factors that influence uptake of social health insurance in Nyeri County, Kenya. While the specific objectives are; to determine individual characteristics influencing the uptake of health insurance Nyeri County, Kenya; to examine the scheme related factors affecting the uptake of health insurance uptake in Nyeri County, Kenya; to establish Health facilities factors affecting the uptake of social health insurance in Nyeri County, Kenya; to determine the information dissemination strategies underlying uptake of health insurance in Nyeri County, Kenya. This study adopted a descriptive cross section study design with a mix method approach of both qualitative and quantitative methods. The study was executed in the three level four hospitals and one level five hospital inNyeri County. 


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