The National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) is a Social Health Insurance Institution established under the National Health Insurance Act, Cap 395 with the main objective of ensuring accessibility of health care services to people. It is a Government entity that operates under the Ministry of Health Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MHCDGEC). The management of the Fund is vested to the Board of Directors while its day to day operations are overseen by the Director General. The Fund considers health insurance as a societal affair rather than an individual need and thus operates under the principles of risk sharing and solidarity among members.
Despite the compulsory enrollment arrangement to public servants, the Fund has expanded its coverage to include other groups like Councilors, private companies, education institutions, private individuals, children under the age of 18, farmers in cooperatives as well as organized registered groups like Machinga and Bodaboda groups. The Fund is also administering the Bunge Health Insurance Scheme and covers Members of the Zanzibar House of Representatives.
ISO 9001:2015 Certification
The National Health Insurance Fund is ISO 9001:2015 Certified since 2018 to embrace the benefits of a Quality Management System that significantly increases efficiency and reduces wastes as well as maximizing customer satisfaction.
Core Functions of the Fund
The core functions of the Fund are to:-
According to the NHIF Act, employees in the public sector are obliged to register themselves and contribute to the Fund a total of six percent (6%) of their monthly basic salary which is equally shared between the employer and employee. However, the Fund has put in place separate contribution arrangements for other groups that join the Fund voluntarily.
NHIF beneficiaries in a family set-up include the contributing member, his or her spouse and up to four legal dependents.
As of December 2019, NHIF’s membership coverage stood at 4,856,062 beneficiaries which is equivalent to 9% of the total Tanzanian population.
Categories of NHIF Members
Members of the Fund are categorized as follows: -
NHIF Benefits Package
The following medical services are covered by NHIF at all health facilities certified by the Fund:-
a) Registration and consultation;
b) Medicines and medical consumables;
d) Dental and ophthalmological services;
e) Inpatient care services;
g) Surgical services;
h) Medical and orthopaedic appliances;
i) Rehabilitative services.
However, the following services shall require special approval of the Fund before access:-
a) CT-Scan and MRI
c) Dialysis services
g) Orthopaedic appliances
h) Reading spectacles
NHIF also facilitates provision of services that are normally out of standard package under special agreements basing on the need of the employer through Health Insurance Administration or Supplementary arrangements.
Categories and Network of Certified Health Facilities
The Fund undertakes certifications of facilities that are fully registered by the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children to provide services to beneficiaries. These health facilities are divided into three groups namely Government, Faith based organization and Privately owned health facilities. Currently the Fund has certified more than 7,900 health facilities with different levels of accreditation to serve the Fund’s beneficiaries. These categories are:-
Network of NHIF Regional Offices
NHIF has established offices in all regions in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar to bring its services closer to members and the general public. Each regional office is managed by a Regional Manager and contacts of offices can be seen through this link.