Hospital Charges in Kenya: The government is set to start controlling the amount of money hospitals and doctors charge patients. This will control measure is awaiting approval by parliament. According to a report that appeared in a local daily, “hospital charges will be determined and capped by an 11-member council that includes the Principal Secretary for Health, the Attorney General and an official from the Council of Governors.”
The amendments before parliament are aimed at ensuring that hospitals and doctors don’t charge patients exorbitant amounts.
“The Kenya Health Human Resource Advisory Council (KHHRAC) shall review policy and establish uniform norms and standards for levying of charges on the practice of conventional medicine in consultation with relevant statutory bodies and stakeholders,” the amendments to the Health Act say.
This amendment to control hospital charges in Kenya has drawn opposition from private hospitals who argue that the government has no power and ability to control the whole of health sector including prices of drugs.
“If they (KHHRAC) is able to regulate the prices, are they going to control the prices at which hospitals buy medicine from the manufacturers and other items?” Dr. Abdi Mohamed, the chairman of Kenya Association of Private Hospitals (KAPH) said.
This is the latest of a string of new regulations in the health sector awaiting parliamentary approval. The government is also awaiting the approval of the bill on Universal Health Care which will make it mandatory for every adult Kenyan to pay Sh. 6,000 per year to the National Hospital Insurance Fund.