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USA:Health care costs are still a crushing problem

January 2018 Yahoonews; Andrew Luccock pays about $1,700 per month for health insurance for his family of 5—and still expects to pay more than $25,000 out-of-pocket this year for medical care. That will total around $45,000 for premiums and uncovered expenses in 2018–on top of a similar outlay last year. “I’m …

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KENYA:Meridian clinics sue NHIF for Sh1.5bn

January 2018 BusinessDaily; The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) is facing a Sh1.5 billion compensation claim over the termination of a controversial medical services contract it signed with a private clinic five years ago. Meridian Medical Centre, a chain of private clinics, has accused NHIF of refusing the pay the money …

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KENYA: NHIF members cross 7m mark on listing drive

January 2018 Businessdaily; Principal contributors to the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) crossed the seven million mark last December on the back of a campaign that recruited new members from the informal sector. Official data shows that the public health insurer added nearly a million members in the 18 months …

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KENYA:NHIF pays hospitals Sh1.2bn for Caesarean-section births

January 2018 DailyNation;The National Hospital Insurance Fund’s (NHIF) payouts for Caesarean-section births hit Sh1.2 billion last year amid concerns that hospitals could be pushing women to surgery for financial gain. Official records show that C-section (CS) — a surgical operation to help deliver a baby — accounted for 58.2 per cent …

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KENYA:NHIF to adopt smartcard tech in war on fraud

January 2018 BusinessDaily; The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) is set to adopt the use of fingerprints to identify its more than six million members in the battle against fraudsters. Chief executive Geoffrey Mwangi said Thursday the fund would from next week start biometric registration to capture details of NHIF …

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KENYA:Kenya National Union of Nurses blames county governments for delayed payment of workers

January 2017 Standardmedia; The nurses’ union has issued a fresh demand to county governments. Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) on Thursday blamed county governments for delayed payments of its workers. KNUN accused the governments of not honouring the return to work formula and Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) signed in November, 2017. The union demanded the …

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Israeli firm to supply hospital smartcards in East Africa

January 2018 BusinessDaily; An Israel-based cashless payment solution provider, On Track Innovations Ltd (OTI), will supply patient information smartcards and biometric verification technology in East Africa. Through its South African subsidiary, OTI has supplied personal health solutions worth Sh103 million ($1 million) and intends to supply its smartcards and biometric verification …

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