NHIF seeks regulations switch to quilt against future pandemics

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Economy

Thursday October 14 2021

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NHIF Constructing in Upper Hill, Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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By EDWIN MUTAI

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Summary

  • NHIF chief government Peter Kamunyo urged Senators that there might perchance be never any regulations at this time that defines how pandemics and epidemics are to be lined by insurers.
  • Dr Kamunyo urged the Senate Properly being committee that the NHIF (Amendment) Bill, 2021 which targets to design the acceptable health insurance protection merely framework for attainment of contemporary health care wants to be ammended to incorporate the provisions.

The National Properly being facility Insurance protection Fund (NHIF) is banking on Parliament to amend the regulations to build provisions on how pandemics and epidemics such as Covid-19 will be lined in future.

NHIF chief government Peter Kamunyo urged Senators that there might perchance be never any regulations at this time that defines how pandemics and epidemics are to be lined by insurers.

Dr Kamunyo urged the Senate Properly being committee that the NHIF (Amendment) Bill, 2021 which targets to design the acceptable health insurance protection merely framework for attainment of contemporary health care wants to be ammended to incorporate the provisions.

“It is predicted that after the evaluate of Kenya’s merely framework on health insurance protection by modification of the NHIF Act, rules and insurance policies will be place in self-discipline to design provisions on protection of pandemics such as Covid-19,” he stated.

Dr Kamunyo stated NHIF at this time fully covers frontline staff from predominant diseases care for Covid-19 following a presidential directive.

He stated the frequent designate of Covid-19 admissions in hospitals is Sh603,130. He added that it costs NHIF up to Sh82,584 per day of admission to treat Covid-19 patients in non-government designated establishments in comparison with Sh62,222 for the NHIF per-diem compensation.

The price rises to Sh241,468 for the market rate compensation per day of medication.

He stated the NHIF would require Sh10.5 billion for the six million projected utilisation.

“From the projections, the Fund would want no lower than Sh1,086,309,745 to quilt the inhabitants for the subsequent six months. When restricted to NHIF beneficiaries, this translates to Sh330 million, Sh1.4 billion and Sh3.6 billion within the three scenarios of non-government designated facilities, designated facilities and market rate facilities,” he stated.

He stated as a result of astronomical financial outlay that is seemingly to be required to quilt people for the pandemic, coupled by the truth that the likelihood exposure of Covid-19 can’t be accurately certain, NHIF has now not been in a self-discipline to undertake the costs linked to Covid-19 administration.

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