Private Hospital to deny Services to NHIF Patients from Next Month

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Patients seeking medication from Private hospitals will no longer benefit from the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) cover from February.

Patients seeking medication from Private hospitals will no longer benefit from the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) cover from February.

According to the Kenya Association of Private Hospitals (KAPH), their agreement with NHIF ended, and there are no plans to renew it.

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Speaking to the standard, KAPH Secretary-General Timothy Olweny said that the decision to boycott NHIF was due to their terms of engagement which do not seem to favour their course.

“Come Monday, January 31, which marks the end of our seven-month extension of the contract with NHIF, we, the private hospitals, won’t be in a position to offer services to patients depending on NHIF,” Said Mr. Olweny.

The extension of the contract between NHIF and KAPH came after the expiry of the agreement in June last year. According to the KAPH boss, the renewal of the terms comes after every three years.

“In a previous structure, NHIF would pay Ksh.9 500 for each dialysis session. Dialysis patients require at least two sessions a week. In the new review, NHIF says it would charge Ksh.6 500 per session,” he said.

NHIF remains that the new rates will increase the number of people benefiting from the insurance cover. Mr. Olweny, however, insists that private hospitals would lose up to Ksh.6 000 per patient if the new rates are incorporated.

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