The United Republic of Tanzania

National Social Security Fund (NSSF)

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Social Health Insurance


  • Meeting legal requirements of NSSF Act, 1997
  • Supporting Government’s efforts to increase access to healthcare services
  • Providing medical support to the insured and his/her dependants
  • Providing relief to the employers on employees’ medical expenses


Insured person, spouse and up to four children. Children include biological and legally adopted below 18 or 21 years if in full time education

Qualifying Conditions

  • At least 3 months contributions
  • 3 months access of service after stoppage of contributions
  • 6% deduction of pensions for pensioners willing to join after retirement

Benefits Services Covered


The following medical services are not covered by SHIB

  • Diseases or services covered under Maternity Benefits
  • Free services/treatment provided by the Government such as immunization, Tuberculosis and Leprosy, Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Epidemics, Mental illness, Diabetes Mellitus.
  • Injuries where a third party is involved such as a road accident where the vehicle is covered by insurance.
  • Cosmetics and cosmetic surgery.
  • Services/treatment for self-inflicted diseases/injuries like alcohol, drug and tobacco abuse, attempted suicide and criminal abortion.
  • Physiotherapy services at home.
  • Psychiatric diseases, except during acute illness within 7 day of care.
  • Medical examination for employment, schooling and travel purposes.
  • Treatment due to diseases/condition arising from participating in an experimental study.
  • Therapeutic trials.
  • Expensive specialized investigative procedures like MRI and DNA Typing.
  • Services/treatment for injuries/conditions arising from active participation in riots, demonstration, unrest and civil strife

Limitations of Medical Services

  • Emergency services for mobile members (traveling on duty) Outpatient - not more than 4 times/year and Inpatient (48 hours) - not more than 2 times a year
  • Hospitalization for a maximum period of 42 days of inpatient care per family per year

Enrolment of Members

Enrolment for SHIB benefi ciaries is carried out through NSSF Field Offi ces. The insured person should submit properly fi lled enrolment form (Form SHIB 3) in triplicate together with marriage Certificate, birth Certificates for the children, 3 Passport size photographs for each beneficiary and any other document as may be requested by the Fund.

For the purpose of making payment by the Capitation system, each beneficiary should enroll to only one Accredited Medical Provider within one year.