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Kidney patients protest over NHIF plan to reduce capitation for dialysis

 

Renal patients in Kisumu County have protested the move by the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) to reduce the capitation fee for dialysis procedures in the recent Policy changes aimed at cutting operation costs.

Speaking to the press in Kisumu Friday, Kennedy Onjejo, who led other kidney patients affected by the new directive faulted NHIF for slashing payouts for renal dialysis, terming it as gambling with their lives.

NHIIF has proposed to revise downwards the capitation fee for a renal dialysis session from the current Sh9,500 to Sh6,000 in its efforts to reduce bills.

Onjejo while outlining the benefits they have enjoyed from the state backed insurer for the past decade, expressed fears that all the successes and gains would be watered down with the new directives.

“Today, many patients are able to get this life-changing service across centers in both private and public facilities. Kidney treatment infrastructure and facilities have also been upgraded in the process and life is better now for patients than it was a decade ago,” said Onjejo.

Initially, NHIF paid for two dialysis sessions per week, but it has proposed to reduce the reimbursement by Sh. 3,000 for a session and increase the frequency of dialysis sessions to three per week in accordance with international standards. This would mean that patients would have to top up the difference.

Patients across the country have expressed their concern, saying they had pegged all hopes on NHIF to support them get quality healthcare and if the situation is not reversed then thousands would risk their lives.

Kisumu County has over 500 active kidney patients who seek dialysis treatment at a cost of Sh. 75,000 per month.

In a bid to cushion the vulnerable patients from suffering destitution, they suggested prudent financial management at the NHIF to seal the loopholes for losing money.

They further requested to be covered for immune-suppressants and to relieve those already transplanted with new kidneys to give room for new victims.  

Mr. Kennedy Onjejo, the convener of Kisumu County kidney patients, addressing the press at a Kisumu hotel

Kisumu Branch NHIF Manager, Mr. Francis Obwora supported the move saying the new amount is sufficient for the dialysis procedure since the Scheme does not cover them for major surgeries and diagnostics tests such as MRI and CT scans, unless requested by a doctor.

 

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