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State to Only Pay Sh10,000 for Normal Delivery Under SHIF

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State to Only Pay Sh10,000 for Normal Delivery Under SHIF

 

The Kenyan government has announced that it will only pay Sh10,000 for normal delivery under the State’s Health Insurance Fund (SHIF). This decision has been met with mixed reactions from healthcare providers and patients alike.

 

According to sources, the government has been reviewing the SHIF rates to ensure that they are more affordable and accessible to the general public. The new rate of Sh10,000 for normal delivery is seen as a significant reduction from the previous rates, which were reportedly much higher.

 

The decision to reduce the rate comes after a series of consultations between the government and healthcare providers. The government has emphasized the need to make healthcare more affordable and accessible to all Kenyans, particularly those in rural areas who often face significant barriers to accessing quality healthcare.

 

Healthcare providers have expressed mixed reactions to the new rate. While some have welcomed the reduction, others have expressed concerns about the potential impact on their businesses. “We understand the need to make healthcare more affordable, but we also need to ensure that we can sustain our operations,” said a healthcare provider.

 

Patients, on the other hand, have generally welcomed the reduction. “This is a big relief for us,” said one patient. “We were struggling to afford the previous rates, and this new rate is much more manageable.”

 

The government has emphasized that the new rate is part of its broader efforts to improve healthcare access and affordability in Kenya. “We are committed to making healthcare more accessible and affordable for all Kenyans,” said a government official.

 

The new rate is expected to take effect immediately, and healthcare providers are advised to adjust their rates accordingly. The government has also announced plans to review the rates for other healthcare services to ensure that they are more affordable and accessible to the general public.

 

In conclusion, the government’s decision to reduce the rate for normal delivery under SHIF to Sh10,000 is a significant step towards making healthcare more affordable and accessible to all Kenyans. While there may be some challenges ahead, the government’s commitment to improving healthcare access and affordability is a positive step forward for the country.

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