NHIF pays out Sh1bn for C-section child deliveries

Source: The Daily Nation


17th April 2017

NHIF payouts for Caesarean section operations have for the first time crossed the Sh1 billion mark in a year, highlighting the cost burden of the procedure to insurers.

Official records show that 24,492 mothers covered by the National Hospital Insurance Fund opted for C-section — a surgical operation to help deliver a baby — in the first half of 2016, from 22,411 in a similar period a year earlier, representing a nine per cent increase.

This saw the national health insurer pay Sh714.7 million in six months to the health facilities that performed the surgery, up from Sh432.1 million in a similar period the previous year.

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