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What does the new NHIF cover mean to Kenyans?

28 January 2016, 19:50

Nairobi - Kenyans have been handed a huge boost in seeking affordable healthcare after the National Hospital Insurance Fund NHIF doubled benefits for several of their covers.

That said, what does the new cover mean to Kenyans?

The heavily criticized NHIF has doubled benefits for inpatient services for its contributors, according to a new scheme announced on Thursday, The Daily Nation reported.

The new inpatient cover according to the report, states that contributors seeking medical attention in government health facilities will be KES 1,200 and KES 4,000 at private hospitals.

The Fund will pay KES 10,000 per session of kidney dialysis from KES 2,000 while patients undergoing a kidney transplant will get a KES 500,000 cover from the current KES 200,000.

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The new rates for maternity package for persons undergoing a normal delivery will be KES 10,000 and, “a Caesarean section delivery up to KES 30,000. This is an increase of 67 percent from the current rates of KES 6,000 and KES 18,000 respectively.”

According to Capital News, NHIF Chairman Mohamud Ali says the new rates and other benefits introduced are geared towards attainment of Universal Health Coverage.

Due to the increased exposure of chronic conditions currently being experienced in the country, he said the Fund has introduced a package to cater for Chemotherapy at KES 25, 000 per session, Radiology at KES 18, 000 per session and monthly clinics at KES 5, 000 per month.

“The Fund has also introduced specialised radiological diagnostic services whereby members will access MRI at Sh15,000 per session and CT-scan at KES 8,000 per session,” he added.

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