The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) will cater for Covid-19 patients admitted to designated public hospitals, its CEO has confirmed.

In a statement issued in Nairobi, Chief Executive Officer Peter Kamunyo said the fund would only pay partially for 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,” CEO Kamunyo said.

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However, he explained that as a global practice, epidemics and pandemics are not normally covered by insurance policies.

“This is also in line with the contracts that NHIF has signed with your facility under clause 8 general exclusions, subsection 8.2.14 on epidemics and pandemics, and clause 2.21 on benefits coordination, subsection 2.21.3, which guides on government coordinated programs,” read part of the statement.

“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.”

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