Kenya’s National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) will provide cover for Covid-19 patients admitted to specific public hospitals.
Peter Kamunyo, the chief executive of NHIF, said the fund will only pay partially on treatment bills incurred by Covid-19 patients at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), Kenyatta University Teaching and Referral Hospital, Mbagathi Hospital and other Health ministry-designated hospitals in the counties.
“We shall support all Covid-19 positive members and their declared beneficiaries who get admitted to the Ministry of Health designated facilities. NHIF shall not be liable for bills incurred in non-MoH designated health facilities,” he said in a circular to all hospitals.
Nice explanation of what a pandemic means for insurers who are unable to model the magnitude and duration of, and therefore not cover, it .. @nhifkenya to cover the treatment of #Covid-19 patients at Kenyatta, KU, Mbagathi and some designated county hospitals only. https://t.co/EAwkuHldck
— Bankelele (@bankelele) July 28, 2020
According to Kamunyo, epidemics and pandemics are not covered by insurance policies. “This is also in line with the contracts that NHIF has signed with your facility under clause 8 General exclusions…on epidemics and pandemics…”
“The health and wellness of our members are of utmost importance to us, and in support to the Government’s efforts in mitigating and containing the spread of Covid-19, we shall support all Covid -19 positive members and their declared beneficiaries who get admitted to the Ministry of Health designated facilities,” read part of the statement.