private hospitals declare to reject NHIF cards starting Monday

private hospitals declare to reject NHIF cards starting Monday

Private hospitals may not offer services to some members of the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) beginning Monday.

The Kenya Association of Private Hospitals said they cannot accept the heavily reduced rates that the fund has imposed on them.

KAPH chairman Dr. Abdi Mohamed said NHIF has failed to honour talks with the facilities.

There has been no stakeholder engagement on the proposed rates. So unfortunately we cannot give services under those rates,” Abdi said.

The anticipated changes were to take effect in December last year, but in a letter dated 30 December, NHIF said it had put them on hold to give healthcare providers more time to review their contracts before signing.

The new contract says hospitals must not co-charge patients anything beyond what NHIF pays.

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