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Hospital suspends services to NHIF beneficiaries

09 January 2014, 14:30 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - The Consolata Mathari Mission Hospital in Nyeri has suspended outpatient services to civil servants and members of the disciplined forces covered by the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF).

The hospital administrator, Father Bonface Mwangi, said the hospital failed to renew the 2013/2014 contract with NHIF since the terms of contract are not favorable to them.

He said that last year, the hospital incurred a loss of KES13 Million after offering services to more than 5,800 government officers.

The loss was confirmed by an auditor from the NHIF.

“The terms and conditions in the new contract are not favourable to Mission hospitals. We have therefore decided to decline to offer services to any civil servant or members of the disciplined force covered by the NHIF,” said the Priest.

The administrator added that the hospital made efforts of raising the issue with the Fund management but are yet to obtain response though majority of patients in the facility depend on the insurance scheme.

Mwangi urged the national government to increase the benefit packages for the civil servants and the army stating that the government pays KES 2,800 for them which is settled on quarterly basis.

He spoke to journalists on Wednesday during a meeting with area governor, Nderitu Gachagua, at the hospital when the governor paid a visit to 12 victims who were involved in a road accident along Nyeri-Othaya road on Saturday.

The governor was accompanied by Othaya MP, Mary Wambui and politician Peter King’ara who was the owner of the bus involved in the accident that claimed two lives.

Gachagua pledged to follow up on the matter saying that he will table it at the Governors’ council meeting since the health sector is currently a devolved unit.

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