The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Cleopa Mailu, has suspended the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) cap that limited outpatient visits to only four per year.

In a notice released earlier in the week, NHIF had introduced a list of conditions that many construed as being punitive to beneficiaries.

In the measures that were supposed to take effect form 1st November, NHIF stated that:

  • A card (NHIF) could only be used 4 times a year.
  • The bills should not exceed Kshs. 1500 per visit for national scheme members and civil servants from job group A to K.

In addition, patients would be required to carry these documents.

  • Copy of NHIF smartcard
  • Copy of contributor’s card
  • Copy of ID if the patient is a spouse
  • Copy of birth certificate if the patient is a baby over 6 months
  • Copy of birth notification is patient is a child below 6 months

Irate Kenyans took to social to critique the move noting that the limit was equivalent to self-funding treatment since the total amount was less or equal to what beneficiaries pay in a year (4 times a year would total to Kshs. 6,000).

Here are some reactions from Kenyans on Twitter.

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Mailu’s move will come as a relief to many who are forced to rely on NHIF to cover medical costs.

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