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Health access is a human rights issue and UHC will level the field - 7 months ago, 16 July 00:28

By: Githinji Gitahi

There is a good chance that you have in the past few months attended a fundraiser or sent money to cover medical expenses for someone you know.

The grim reality for a majority of Kenyans is that a prolonged medical condition often results in the sale of productive assets to offset medical bills.

Financial barriers continue to hinder access to quality healthcare, with many individuals and households falling into poverty from seeking healthcare.

The first global monitoring report, ‘Tracking Universal Health Coverage’, indicates that in about half of African countries, including Kenya, 40 per cent or more of the health expenditure is constituted of household out-of-pocket payments, which is the most regressive way of funding healthcare.

In Kenya, it is estimated that a third of health expenditure is paid out of pocket at the time of seeking care.

FINNCIAL BARRIERS

The reliance on this payment mechanism creates financial barriers to access health services and puts ...
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