PRESS STATEMENT - DOCTORS’ VOICES ESSENTIAL FOR SHAPING HEALTHCARE POLICY IN KENYA

The Kenya Medical Association is the professional association of registered doctors in Kenya, with the twin mission of championing for the welfare of doctors and advocating for quality health care for all.
Since its founding in 1968, the Kenya Medical Association has been a key stakeholder in the health sector and has promoted the practice of high-quality medicine in Kenya. This has harmoniously been through partnership with the Ministry of Health and its agencies in developing sound policies which have transformed the health sector in Kenya. Indeed, our involvement in the several technical working groups at the Ministry speaks highly of the pivotal role we have played in making our health system one of the best in East and Central Africa
As the professional representatives of doctors who are fundamental to quality healthcare provision, KMA is an ardent supporter of the design and smooth implementation of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Kenya. Successful implementation of UHC will ultimately depend on the services we provide to Kenyans, in collaboration with other professional cadres of healthcare workers. Therefore, doctors should regularly be consulted and their voices heard when developing policies in the management of healthcare in Kenya. Anything less than this is bound to have disastrous outcomes.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized Health Care Professionals as an essential pillar in the governance of healthcare systems. These professionals form a necessary representation on boards and councils that are key to the delivery of UHC and in healthcare governance in general.
Currently, KMA is a member of the NHIF Board where we have contributed to the reform agenda aimed at optimizing the organization in its readiness to implement UHC. The current proposed National Hospital Insurance Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2021, that leaves the KMA unrepresented

 

 

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