It will be mandatory for the government to cater for specialised treatment of cancer, heart and kidney patients if MPs approve a bill proposed by Nandi Hills MP, Alfred Keter. The Medical Fund Bill seeks to create a national medical fund to fully finance the treatment of chronic diseases, especially for patients who cannot afford the cost of medical care.
The bill is currently before the Budget and Appropriations Committee for consideration because it has a financial implication on the national budget. According to Keter, the bill should not be confused with the NHIF Act, which provides medical insurance to all diseases. He said the bill seeks to categorise the three life-threatening diseases under State care.