KNH seeks intervention from the National Treasury budget to settle unpaid medical bills

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The Kenyatta National Hospital

By Edna Mwende

The Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) management wants Parliament to intervene and have a fund created through the national Treasury budget to cater for the cost of treating poor patients who are discharged without settling their bills.

The Business Daily reported that the KNH referral hospital is owed Ksh1.3 million by the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) and an additional Ksh7 billion owed by patients who were discharged without payment. 

“This figure has been increasing to the tune of Ksh7 billion currently. The Ksh7 billion is amount owed to the hospital by indigents or people who are unable to pay medical bills on discharge,” Dr. Evanson Kamuri told the National Assembly’s Public Investment Committee (PIC) chaired by Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir as reported by Business Daily

He told PIC that the amount of money owed to the hospital is also increasing due to institutions such as Kenya Police and Kenya Prisons to clear the hospital bills.

“Some patients are indigents who are unable to settle their pending bills. Efforts to collect money from this category have been unsuccessful. There are also bills relating to unclaimed bodies that the hospital disposes as per the Health Act,” he explained.

Dr. Kamuri also pointed out that KNH does not receive compensations for those who are unable to settle their hospital bills unlike the lower hospitals that do; adding that KNH has been unable to collect debts from institutions such as Kenya Police and Prisons which treat suspects or prisoners under their custody at the hospital.

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