Source: The Daily Nation
By NEVILLE OTUKI
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.