The Kericho County Government is calling on residents of Chepkemel area at Soin-Sigowet Sub-county in Kericho County to turn out in large numbers for the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) mass biometric registration in order to benefit from NHIF services.
Speaking while launching the registration drive at the Chepkemel Chief’s office, the Kericho County Deputy Governor, Lily Ng’ok, appealed to the area residents to enroll with the NHIF scheme as a way of cushioning them from the high cost of treatment during medical emergencies.
The Deputy Governor who was accompanied by the County Chief Executive Committee Member-In-Charge of Health Services, Mr. Barnabas Ng’eno and the County Director of Medical Services, Dr. Betty Langat, pointed out the benefits of the NHIF scheme to the area residents, saying the Hospital Insurance is mandated to enable all Kenyans access affordable health care services.
“Get registered and get the NHIF membership to reap the benefits of the health scheme. The NHIF cover limits are to ensure that every member can access quality and affordable health care services,” said Ng’ok
According to NHIF, the mass biometric registration exercise for its members is ongoing and will continue to ensure all members’ biometrics are taken for ease of services using fingerprints at NHIF contracted hospitals.
The Kenya Essential Package for Health (KEPH) is modeled alongside NHIF to ensure there are different packages for everyone including impatient, outpatient, maternity, Ex-gratia payments, last expense cover and group life cover.
A statement from the NHIF website indicates that registered members are biometrically registered by producing identification documents for verification in the database at any NHIF accredited hospitals and will be offered identification number.
Previously NHIF members used their national identity cards and NHIF cards as a mode of identification which is now smoothly transitioning to the biometric mode of identification and verification.
In July, Kericho Referral Hospital was among the Kenya Essential Package for Health (KEPH) level (IV) hospitals in the country that switched to the NHIF E-Claim processing system, in the move that NHIF aims at eliminating manual processing of hospital bills.
The Kericho Deputy Governor also visited the Sigowet Sub-County Hospital to assess the status of service delivery in the facility and assured patients and staff that the County Government was doing its level best to ensure quality health care services in all hospitals around the County.