Gospel artiste Bahati is extending a helping hand to those in need by helping them pay for their National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) cover registration.
NHIF is a medical cover developed by the government to help Kenyans get medical care at a reasonable price. It has contracted over 5000 health providers categorized into three categories depending on their contract.
He took to his Instagram page to inform his fans of his generous offer.
“I want to help 5 People Pay for their #NHIFInsurance Cover Registration.. Just Comment your real Age below😃 #NHIFafyayetubimayetu“
The first category is Health care providers which includes all government hospitals expected to provide comprehensive services ranging from surgical and maternity.
Other services include;
- Medical consultation
- Drug administration
- Radiology services
- Maternity Services
- Lab tests
In patient and Out patient services are catered for and no money is paid.
Monthly contributions towards NHIF is 500 per month which sums up to Ksh 6000 per year.
This amount can afford one service such as Dialysis at Ksh 2,500 per session at medical facilities Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Moi Teaching & Referral Hospital, Eldoret, Coast General Hospital, Mombasa, Muranga District Hospital, Muranga,Thika Level 5 Hospital, Thika and P.C.E.A Hospital, Kikuyu
In Kenya, patients going through dialysisg are expected to cough at least 30,000 per month given that each session costs between 5,000-9,000 depending on whether the hospital is private or public.
For illnesses such as cancer which requires chemotherapy, NHIF covers as much as Ksh 500,000 to help offset the bill given that the cost of cancer treatment varies based on various factors.
This factors include the level of treatment needed, In patient vs Outpatient care, Public vs Private hospitals.
The second category in the NHIF contract mainly includes Faith based institutions where they offer In patient and Out patient services including maternity services including Caesarean Section. All other services are catered for at no extra cost. Members may be expected to pay extra for surgical cases.
The last contract is known as Private High end hospitals. In this kind of contract, members have their bills offset through a daily fixed pre-determined rate known as Rebate which varies from one hospital to another.
The members bear the difference between the rebate and the hospital bill either individually or through another medical insurance.
NHIF also covers People living with disabilities under the NHIF SupaCover. The program is funded by the government and World Bank.
The beneficiaries’ list is gotten from the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection.
In the past, we have seen Kenyan celebrities who have had to ask for help from the public to help offset their hospital bills after they went off the roof.
Celebrities such as the Late Achieng Abura, Louis Otieno, Jahmby Koikai and Victor Ogolla are some of the people who have asked the public for medical assistance.