The National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) was one of the best-implemented ideas that has indeed saved a great number of Kenyan households from the frustration that comes with a lack of finances in seeking health.
The NHIF has in a huge way increased the number of Kenyans that receive dignified treatment without having to be turned in beggars.
Though a number of characters have tried to taint the great idea that NHIF was, there are undoubtedly a good number of Kenyans who have benefited from the fund.
Gone are the days when one would spend an estimate of 800 shillings in paying for Doctor’s consultation, 2000 in tests and 3000 shillings in medication, today, you only need a valid NHIF card.
NHIF has minimized the number of maternal deaths by encouraging more women to see professional health care services with the availability of the LINDA MAMA cover.
The NHIF cover is inclusive of all-round healthcare benefits packages as listed below;
Maternity services (Linda Mama)
For the outpatient services, NHIF pays for consultation fees, laboratory examinations with the exemption of a few tests, drug dispensation (with a list of covered drugs), health education, wellness and counseling, physiotherapy services, and immunization for all the KEPI injections.
For the inpatient services, NHIF covers the bed charges alone if one is on the national enrollment where one pays 500 shillings or if working.
If one is on the civil servant enrollment then NHIF pays for the bed, nursing care, consultation, medication, laboratory services, surgeries, physiotherapy, and specialist consultation.
If enrolled for the 500 shillings monthly cover, for maternity, NHIF only covers for the bed.
If using the civil servant NHIF covers literally everything from the bed to the delivery services and the nursing care.
Services covered by NHIF for civil servants also include:
Imaging Services such as X-ray, Ultrasound, MRI and CT scans.
Renal Dialysis which include inpatient and outpatient care for pre-dialysis, intra dialysis and dialysis care at a maximum of 9, 500 shillings per session two times weekly.
Kidney transplant for both local and overseas treatment
Surgeries ranging from major, minor and specialized surgeries with a package totaling to an average 500, 000 shillings per person.
Cancer Treatment- Cancer cases in Kenya have been at an alarming rate with the disease requiring early diagnosis for successful treatment. NHIF pays, in the Supa cover, up to 18, 000 shillings for radiotherapy on a patient per week.
NHIF pays 25,000 shillings for Chemotherapy at basic level costs of 25, 000 shillings per family.
To enjoy these benefits from NHIF, your membership needs to be valid which is only achieved by paying the 9th of every month.
To enjoy more products from the NHIF, contact your service provider to negotiate on how much you need to add to get yourself the Supa Cover.