Private hospitals threaten to halt NHIF services from Feb 1st

Private Hospitals in Kenya have threatened to halt provision of National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) services to it’s patients starting February 1st 2022.

The news follows confirmation by the hospitals who claim that their contract with NHIF has expired and that it is yet to be renewed.

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Initially, the private hospitals had approached the government through the Ministry of Health to stop any changes in their existing contract as proposed by the government.

The institutions called for a discussion before they could proceed with business through the health provider.

According to Timothy Olweny, KAPH Secretary-general, the new terms proposed by the government do not favour them in any way.

This is after plans by NHIF to slash the amount remitted to private hospitals by about 50% something that has been termed impractical given the actual cost of some of the services provided.

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