Over 15 million Kazakh citizens are covered by compulsory social health insurance system
More than 3.4 million of Kazakh citizens are still not covered by compulsory social health insurance (CSHI) system, while more than 15 million of citizens, who pay contributions, are insured, said Chairperson of the Social Health Insurance Fund Bolat Tokezhanov at a press briefing. He mentioned that during the nationwide state of emergency, many Kazakh residents lost their income and hence the financial ability to make contributions. However, the state helped them restore their status in the health insurance system. This measure enabled the return of nearly 740,000 people into the system.
“Currently, more than 15.3 million people are insured by the CSHI system. As of September 1, 3.4 million people still remain outside the health insurance system. Of these, more than two million people, including those who make the unified cumulative payments, independent payers, employees, individual entrepreneurs, and individuals engaged in private practice, were left out of the system due to irregular payments. 1.3 million people have not made any payments and contributions to the CSHI system since January 2020 and therefore have no health insurance status,” Tokezhanov said.
In addition, he urged people to join the CSHI system if they still have not done it. Tokezhanov said that the insured citizens are not limited in the scope and cost of services. Patients who pay the minimum contributions to the CSHI of 25,000 tenge (US$59) per year receive medical care free of charge, regardless of the amount of their contributions.