NHIF Beneficiaries Will Now Access Any Hospital Without Adding An Extra Coin
National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) beneficiaries have every reason to smile as they will not be required to choose an outpatient health facility for healthcare services anymore.See Also:Jobs and Vacancies in African Union (For Kenyans)
According to Chief Excecutive Geoffrey Mwangi patients will be able to access any hospital they prefer from a list provided by the fund from this month.
In a statement, Mwangi said members will no longer co-pay as was the case previously and will continue enjoying the same benefits package,which means NHIF members will walk in and out of the facilities fully treated at the cost of NHIF without making additional payments.Read Also:Creating Social Media Content for Business
“Members shall be informed upon visiting the facility the arrangement for healthcare delivery as engaged by NHIF.These changes allows for portability of services and will apply to both members of the national scheme and managed schemes”,said Mwangi.
NHIF registers all eligible members from both the formal and informal sector.Cheap Toilets Accelerating Progress Towards Sanitation for All Goal
It is compulsory to be a member for those in the formal sector while those in the informal sector and retirees, membership is open and voluntary.
Membership is open to any Kenyan aged 18 and above with a monthly income of over Sh1,000 for those in the formal sector. Read Also:You will not have it easy,liberation battle has just begun-Raila
Reports by The Star unveiled that the scheme has reached a national coverage of about 24 million beneficiaries which includes the contributors and their dependents.
The number of principal contributors stood at 6.5 million by June this year.WHO, UNICEF Allay fears about Tetanus Vaccine In Kenya
According to the policy,NHIF service providers must first be accredited and recognized by the Fund before being allowed to offer services to NHIF members and claim reimbursements thereof.
The Chief Executive urged facilities that are yet to sign the contract to do so saying those who had not signed on November 1 should not offer services.Over 1M KCPE Candidates Start Exams Amid Fears of Political Chaos
He added that NHIF members can access the designated list of contracted hospitals and declared healthcare facilities by visiting any NHIF service point.
Alternative communication mode include calling the toll free service line on 0800-720601 or getting information via NHIF website and social media pages.See Also:Amid agony that comes with an ’empty womb’, there is hope
Mwangi said that the fund is responding to the needs of its beneficiaries and at the same time adapting to the changing market dynamics while promoting the aspiration of universal healthcare coverage with a view to facilitating access to affordable, sustainable, equitable and quality social health insurance.