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Patients pay 50 times more with insurance than by cash - 7 months ago, 18 Aug 15:06

Kabale Nasibo

Patients using insurance cards are charged up to 50 times more than those paying in cash for the same procedure at the same hospital.

The highly exaggerated cost of healthcare by health service providers when they bill patients with insurance cards is a cause for worry within the Ministry of Health.

In the report, a surgery to remove the urinary bladder for example can cost Sh7,500 for cash paying patients but the price can shoot up to Sh90,000 for National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) and other insurances.

An insurance card holder can also pay as much as Sh35,000 for removal of a nasal pack yet the same services typically cost a cash paying patient Sh700.

The same differential pricing is witnessed for a caesarean section client who will pay Sh20,000 for the services while a card holder will be slapped with a Sh90,000 bill.

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