Medical suppliers blames stockouts on jam at Nairobi depot
SEE ALSO :Elderly cry foul over invalid NHIF cardsThe theme of the conference was, “Partnering with Manufacturers and Suppliers of Health Products and Technologies in Promoting Universal Health Coverage’’. Dr Masiga said the situation has also been complicated by delayed payments by health facilities under the NHIF. While NHIF, which is working to have all Kenyans covered, has become the biggest healthcare financing programme in the country, she said it had come with some challenges. She noted that as a result of delays in reimbursements from NHIF, health facilities have in the recent past found it hard to cater for their contractual obligations of paying service providers and medicines suppliers. Dr Masiga said the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) is critical in promoting uptake of health services and realization of the Big 4 agenda of affordable health care for all. She said NHIF enrolment had increased over the past 5 years resulting in many more patients accessing healthcare services and hence higher demand for health commodities Dr Masiga said to mitigate the situation MEDS was negotiating with its suppliers to extend their credit period from between 30 and 60 days to 90 days to sustain supply.