Kenyan patients have once again been hit hard and mercilessly as the only National Hospital has literally doubled it's consultation fee among other treatment costs. Kenyatta National Hospital has raised the consultation fee from KSH 650 to KSH 1,150.
The hospital is looking for money to finance the hospital's projects which will relieve it's patients the agony of cancer, heart and kidney diseases.
This types of diseases have increased in the country mainly because of the changing lifestyle by the masses. The hospital is looking to acquire treatment kits and specialists. This will save patients the agony of having to wait for months for treatment due to lack of specialists and kits.
The increment has prompted protests by different institutions including the Renal Patients Society of Kenya.
"The sudden and arbitrary increment of the consultation fee from Sh650 to Sh1,150 will hurt many of our members to whom KNH is a safe haven from predatory pricing elsewhere. We beseech the management to rethink the move," the society said in a statement.
According to a five year plan by KNH, the hospital would channel user fees towards the construction of cancer and renal units and buildings. The hospital is targeting to raise a total of Sh31.4 billion by 2023.
KNH has said that the increase in charges will benefit patients and projects such as the East Africa kidney Institute.
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