EAST AFRICAN NEWS

KENYA :Hospitals face ban for false NHIF pay claims

October 2021 Businessdaily ;Hospitals and healthcare providers found processing fake claims from the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) will be stripped of their accreditation permanently under changes to the law aimed at protecting the scheme from fraud. The stiff penalty for cheats is contained in the National Hospital Insurance Fund …

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Curfews, poor diet spiked heart diseases during pandemic

October 2021 theStandard ;The impact of Covid-19 on lifestyles has rapidly scaled up cases of cardiovascular diseases and deaths in Kenya, experts have warned. Young people are particularly worse off due to poor dietary choices and limited access to health facilities due to movement restrictions. Speaking during the World Heart Day celebrations …

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MPs pass Bill making NHIF mandatory for all Kenyans

September 2021 Businessdaily ;All Kenyans will be compelled to be members of the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) with employers toping up contributions of those who pay less than Sh500 monthly. MPs last evening approved changes to the NHIF Act, which now makes it compulsory for every Kenyan above 18 …

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KENYA :Court throws out laws limiting top jobs to doctors

September 2021 the standard ;Pharmacists and nurses can now head hospitals after they won a case challenging laws restricting top leadership positions to medical doctors. High Court judge Weldon Korir declared three sections of the Health Act 2017 unconstitutional and discriminatory. The judge also invalidated parts of notes in the first …

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KENYA :NHIF to cut benefits in Sh3bn cost saving plan

September 2021 Businessdaily :Renal dialysis, major surgeries and diagnostics tests such as MRI and CT-scans top the list of benefits that the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) aims to cut in a drive to reduce payouts. The State-backed insurer’s cost-cutting drive will reduce payouts to hospitals by at least Sh2.9 …

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