Health CS Kagwe urges hospitals to match charges for services with NHIF
The Ministry of Health says there is need to match the amount of money that the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) is paying for a patient and the amount of money that a hospital is charging for particular services.
Speaking during the launch of Afya Njema programme at Jumuia hospitals in Huruma, Nairobi, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said his ministry together with NHIF, private and faith-based hospitals are in talks about charges on treatment for various diseases.
According to the CS, the new plan will bring equality in access to healthcare services in the country.
Kagwe challenged public hospitals service providers to follow their private counterparts in service delivery saying equipment is no longer the difference but how they attend to their customers.
“Kama NHIF inalipa elfu sita, na hospitali inataka elfu tisa, tuseme wacha NHIF ilipe elfu saba na nyinyi mlipishe elfu saba, mwananchi akija anatibiwa anaenda nyumbani bila kuulizwa chochote. That is what is called affordable healthcare, it’s not magic,” said the CS.
NHIF Board Chairman Lewis Nguyai, on his part, said: “I’m pleased and thankful to say that the president assented the NHIF Amendment Act into law on December 27, 2021 and it is being published this Friday in the Kenya gazette, and as such we’re now on a road which will ensure that it will be mandatory contributions for the enrolment of all Kenyans who are the years 18 and above.”