Private hospitals declares, deliberate on NHIF unpaid claims

A decision on whether private hospitals will continue offering services without demanding cash payments .

The notice which the association had issued to the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) lapsed on March 18.

Speaking to journalists at the meeting, the association chairman Brian Lishenga maintained that the notice given to NHIF was still effective even as the government had shown goodwill in resolving the matter.

He however noted that the outcome of the AGM will determine the way forward on the matter.

“As an association, we are still in talks, we have a lot of commitment from the highest levels of government but essential providers need to see more, they need to see a plan for settling the bills,” Lishenga said.

“We will be discussing that during our AGM in the afternoon and the resolutions that come from that AGM will be binding to the members, so as it is the notice is still in place,” he added.
Amoth acknowledged that private hospitals are the backbone of the attainment of UHC noting that the government will play its role in ensuring existing challenges and gaps are addressed.

“I note the cry that your association has raised concerning the delays in payment from NHIF and I want to assure you that this matter is receiving the highest attention at the highest level of government,” Amoth said.

Amoth affirmed that no claim will go unpaid and noted that the plan by the government is to ensure the problem is solved before the transition to the new authority.

Source: Kenya News updates
By Irene Mwende

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