AI to Help Combat Corruption in the New Kenyan Healthcare System, SHIF

The Kenyan government is poised to deploy Artificial Intelligence (AI) to combat corruption within the upcoming Social Health Insurance Fund (SHIF).

President William Ruto’s administration is committed to eliminating corruption in the country’s healthcare infrastructure, which has long been a significant vice.

The SHIF, set to replace the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF), aims to provide equitable and affordable healthcare to all citizens, regardless of employment status or income level.

Head of Health Financing at the State Department for Medical Services, Dr Elizabeth Wangia, emphasized the transformative potential of AI in revolutionizing Kenya’s healthcare system.

“SHIF will undergo extensive digitization because, with a robust digital infrastructure in place, we can swiftly detect any irregularities within the system using AI.”

The SHIF, alongside other legislative acts like the Digital Health Act and Primary Healthcare Act, forms a crucial part of an integrated healthcare framework.

Despite initial legal challenges, the Court of Appeal’s decision to lift the suspension order on January 19, 2024, paves the way for the SHIF’s advancement.  The fund’s regulation, including a contribution ceiling of 2.75 percent of gross salary or income, has sparked varied reactions.

Dr Wangia assured the public that after the conclusion of the public participation phase, adjustments could be made based on feedback.

She urged Kenyans to embrace the SHIF and enroll widely once it launches, expressing confidence that its full implementation will prioritize equity and benefit all enrolled citizens.

Contributions to the SHIF are expected to commence by the end of March 2024, marking a significant step towards achieving a healthier and more productive nation.


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