NHIF to cover bills for COVID-19 patients in the following
The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) has announced
that it will cover the bills incurred by COVID-19 patients in designated hospitals.
Through a statement, the NHIF CEO Peter Kamunyu stated that
they would support all COVID-19 patients and their beneficiaries to the
Ministry of Health designated facilities.
Despite epidemics and pandemics not covered by insurance
policies, the NHIF CEO said they would support the government's efforts if
curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The health and wellness of our members, is of utmost
importance to us, and in support to the Government's efforts in mitigating and
containing the spread of Covid-19, we shall support all Covid -19 positive
members and their declared beneficiaries who get admitted to the Ministry of
Health designated facilities," read part of the statement.
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These facilities include;
National Teaching and Referral Hospital
University Teaching Referral
Hospital and Mbagathi County Hospital.
other facility designated by the Ministry of health
Dr. Kamunyu also stated that NHIF would not be liable for
any bills incurred in non- MoH designated health facilities.
In May this year, while speaking to the Senate Ad-hoc
Committee on Covid-19, Association of Kenya Insurers (AKI) Executive Director
Tom Gichuhi said that Insurance companies would review their policies based on
the rate of infections in the country.
"This being a pandemic, it is not possible to predict
the number of people who are likely to be infected and hospitalised going
forward, and for how long the pandemic will persist," said Gachuhi.
As of yesterday, Kenya has recorded 17,975 COVID-19 cases with 280 fatalities.