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KENYA:Two months later, students yet to get medical cover

February 2018 Dailynation; Over 2.6 million students in secondary schools left for the week-long mid-term break on Saturday without the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) medical cover promised by the government in December last year. A majority of secondary school heads interviewed revealed that they still had to attend to …

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Amazon, JPMorgan, Berkshire Are Creating a Health Care Company That’s ‘Free From Profit-Making Incentives’

February 2018 time;Amazon is diving into health care, teaming up with Warren Buffett’sBerkshire Hathaway and the New York bank JPMorgan Chase, to create a company that helps their U.S. employees find quality care “at a reasonable cost.” The leaders of each company, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Buffet, and JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon, offered …

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KENYA:KNH doctors reattach teenager’s hand that was stored in cool box for 10 hours

February 2018 Standardmedia; Doctors at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) have successfully reattached the severed hand of 17-year-old Joseph Thairu from Kiambaa, Kiambu County. Thairu’s arm was accidentally cut off while cleaning a chaff cutter. He had just finished feeding their cows. The highly delicate procedure lasted seven hours. It involved a multidisciplinary medical …

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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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