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KENYA:Doctors reject NHIF deal with clinical officers

December 2018 BusinessDaily; The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) has finally agreed to pay for surgical procedures and imaging tests done by clinical officers, sparking protests from the doctors’ union. The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists’ Union (KMPDU) said that allowing clinical officers to offer the services could cause …

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KENYA:MPs set the stage for drop in doctors’ fees

November 2018 BusinessDaily; Medical and doctors’ fees are expected to fall significantly following Parliament’s directive that the country reverts to the 2006 pricing guidelines that were abandoned two years ago with the adoption of the current rates. The National Assembly’s Health committee has, in a report dated November 15, instructed …

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KENYA:Did NHIF trade in money meant to save mothers?

November 2018 Dailynation;Mr Geoffrey Mwangi, the chief executive officer of the National Health Insurance Fund, is a man in trouble. If detectives prove their claim that, under his watch, money intended to cover expectant mothers under the Linda Mama programme was used for trading in opaque circumstances, he may well …

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KENYA:NHIF bosses deny obstructing justice

November 2018 Dailynation;Magistrate Francis Andayi has dismissed an application by NHIF CEO Geoffrey Kurgat and Finance Director Wilbert Kurgat that sought to suspend their planned prosecution for hampering investigations into claims that the national health insurer misused contributors’ funds. Mr Mwangi and Mr Kurgat had argued that the charges were …

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KENYA:Miraa, mursik blamed for cancer cases

November 2018 Business Daily;Taking hot tea while chewing miraa and frequent drinking of mursik (fermented milk) are the leading causes of cancer of the oesophagus or food pipe in Northern Kenya and Rift Valley respectively. The National Cancer Institute on Thursday said Rift Valley, upper Eastern and North Eastern regions …

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