Slashing fees would be doctors’ greatest gift
SEE ALSO :Lobby in defence of Marie StopesAll parties are yet to agree on which guidelines to follow. But be as it may, agreeing on slashing doctor’s charges will be godsend for millions of Kenyan, currently struggling with medical bills. Many Kenyans will recall being invited to fundraisers to help clear a medical bill. As such, the fundraisers affect all Kenyans, either directly or indirectly, be they rich or poor. Scores of hospitals are holding collateral for unpaid specialist services. This is especially hurting when the bill is for services rendered to a patient who has since died. We therefore stand with the directive by National Assembly Health Committee in December 2018 that the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board must have new cheaper hospital charges in place as soon as possible. Let us not forget the painful circumstances that generated this directive. In April last year, Matilda Anyango, a tailor, bled to death while undergoing emergency treatment after being stabbed. For the 12 hour operation, the hospital slapped Anyango’s family with a bill of Sh858,000, the bulk of it for specialist services.