National Health Insurance Fund (Tanzania)
Country of Operation
SummaryEnrollment in the National Health Insurance Fund is mandatory for formal sector employees and voluntary for all informal sector workers. The scheme offers a wide range of preventative and curative medical care benefits.
Key program components
Benefits of the government-driven scheme include basic diagnostic tests, out-patient services, in-patient service care at fixed rates per day, minor surgery, major in- and out-patient specialized services, physiotherapy, dental services, glasses, prostheses and services for retirees. Services are provided by the accredited health facilities and pharmacies.
The premium for formal sector employees is 6 percent of the employee's salary. The employer contributes 3% and the employee pays the remaining 3%. Informal sector workers pay a flat fee.
In 1997 the government launched the National Social Security Fund to complement this program.