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Private Hospitals To Close Their Doors For All NHIF Patients Starting Next Week

Private hospitals now say they will bar all patients depending on the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) cover from accessing services beginning February this year.

This is according to the Kenya Association of Private Hospitals (KAPH) which said an agreement reached between them and NHIF has come to an end and no renewal talks have been initiated.

KAPH Secretary-General Timothy Olweny said they came to a decision to boycott NHIF due to new terms of engagement that do not favor their course.

He explained that during the last review which already ended in June 2021, NHIF had revised downwards the amount of money it pays for claims lodged by private facilities.

After the expiry of the contract in June last year, NHUF and private hospitals extended services by another seven months, which comes to an end on January 31, 2022.

The renewal of terms, which the KAPH boss said happens every three years, saw costs of services such as dialysis and surgical services significantly slashed to about 50 percent.

While referring to a case scenario of surgical removal of tonsils from a child, Mr. Olweny revealed that for private hospitals, the charges would range from Ksh.60,000 to Ksh.120,000.

Even though NHIF still maintains that the new rates will allow the insurer to increase the number of people benefiting from its services, Mr. Olweny insists that private hospitals would lose at least Ksh.6,000 per patient per week if the insurer was to stick to the new rates.

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