EAST AFRICAN NEWS

KENYA: Ambulance patient: CS demands report

October 2015 DailyNation; The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board has until Saturday to hand in a report on an accident victim who waited in ambulance for 18 hours before being treated. Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia wants details on what happened to Mr Alex Madaga. He died last Friday …

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KENYA: Cotu threatens to sue NHIF in outpatient cover dispute

October 2015 DailyNation; The Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) is locked in a fresh row with the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) over the public health insurer’s preference for private hospitals to State-owned facilities. Cotu secretary-general Francis Atwoli has threatened to block the higher contributions to the NHIF on …

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KENYA: Drugs row threatens health sector budget

October 2015 DailyNation; Kenya may be forced to increase its future annual health budget, if global drug companies have their way in the simmering patents row surrounding the manufacture of medicines. They have pushed India, Kenya’s biggest source of generic drugs, to put pressure on its trading partners to demand …

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KENYA: Cover enough to treat patients, says NHIF

October 2015 DailyNation; The National Health Insurance Fund has refuted private hospitals claim that the Sh1,200 capitation allocated for outpatient services per member is inadequate and unsustainable. NHIF rolled out the new outpatient health cover on July 1 this year, after years of only offering in-patient cover. Ever since, private …

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