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Why Kidney Patients Condemn NHIF Plan to Reduce Dialysis Cover

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Kidney patients across the country have rejected the plan by the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) to cut the renal dialysis funding from Ksh9,500 to Ksh6000.

The government-backed health insurer defended the move, saying it was part of the corporation’s cost cutting drive.

However, the patients say the move will put their lives at risk as it will hinder their efforts to seek treatments.

Through the Renal Patients Society of Kenya (RPSK), the patients asked the insurer to drop the plan and consult all interested parties.

“There has been no consultation with the patients, kidney doctors and dialysis service providers in the counry, who are all of the opinion that the cost reduction will disrupt and destabilize this life saving service.

We therefore ask the NHIF Board to suspend the intended changes until such a time when proper consultation have been done and all views and positions accommodated,” RPSK said in a statement.

The patients also asked the NHIF to boost the transplant package from Ksh500,000 to Ksh800,000 to include pre-transplant evaluations and support patients during post-transplant medication.