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NHIF signs new deal with government

After months of back-and-forth, the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) yesterday renewed its reimbursement contracts with private and faith-based institutions, providing the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) a fresh start.

The government is banking on a harmonious working relationship between the nation's health insurers and hospitals, both public and private, to hasten the national deployment of the UHC. New contracts will be signed today and will last for two years under the supervision of Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe at the NHIF boardroom.

The CS explained that the new contracts will take into account the concerns of Kenyans and accredited hospitals through three core benefit packages and related aspects. "Therefore, the contracts will be either comprehensive — where the members will walk in and out without paying — or non-comprehensive, whereby if a member chooses to go to a facility, then they would top up," the CS said.

Initial contracts for government and faith-based hospitals were extensive, while those for commercial hospitals were not.

https://www.pd.co.ke/news/reprieve-for-patients-as-hospitals-and-nhif-ink-deal-135730/

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