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Residents shun NHIF over increased rates

11 January 2016, 14:12 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Two Nyeri MPs have raised alarm over increasing number of fundraisers aimed at settling medical bills.

Kieni MP, Kanini Kega and his Mukurweini counterpart, Kabando wa Kabando lamented that fundraisers for patients have increased within Nyeri County due to the high rates for National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) medical scheme.

Speaking Saturday, the MPs said that most residents quit the scheme after the government increased contributions from KES 160 to KES 500 per month.

“NHIF was created to cater for people with low income. Since the amount was increased to KES 500 per month, poor families have quit,” said Kabando.

Read Also: Port workers strike over NHIF

He asked the NHIF Board to reduce the payments to KES 250 per month in order to have higher enrollment than increase cost and have low enrollment.

“They should learn economies of scale,” said Kabando.

His colleague, Kanini Kega said the insurance scheme should cover other ailments including cancer, dialysis and renal care.

He expressed concern that poor families are living miserable lives due to lack of finances to settle hospital bills.

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