The Ministry of Health has suggested that the amount of money the NHIF pays for a patient should match the amount of money a hospital charges for particular services.
During the launch of Afya Njema programme at Jumuia hospitals in Huruma, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said his ministry, together with NHIF and faith-based hospitals, will examine treatment charges for various diseases.
CS Kagwe has asked public hospitals services providers to use the models of their private counterparts in delivering services saying equipment is no longer the difference between them.
“Kama NHIF inalipa elfu sita, na hospitali inataka elfu tisa, tuseme wacha NHIF ilipe elfu saba na nyinyi mlipishe elfu saba, mwananchi akija anatibiwa anaenda nyumbani bila kuulizwa chochote. That is what is called affordable healthcare, it’s not magic,” said the CS.
NHIF Board Chairman Lewis Nguyai, on his part, said: “I’m pleased and thankful to say that the president assented the NHIF Amendment Act into law on December 27, 2021 and it is being published this Friday in the Kenya gazette, and as such we’re now on a road which will ensure that it will be mandatory contributions for the enrolment of all Kenyans who are the years 18 and above.”