National Assembly Health Committee engages Cofek on fraudulent hospital billing

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Cofek team today appeared before the  National Assembly Health Committee chaired by Murang’a County MP Ms Sabina Chege (pictured) at the Continental House.

The Committee is investigating the Sh900,000 excessive bill for the late Ms Matilda Onyango who succumbed, after 10 hours of admission, to her injuries at Nairobi’s MP Shah Hospital.

Cofek team urged the Committee to address the various regulatory and legislative gaps. The Committee said that some of the suggestions had already been captured within the proposed amendments.

The House Committee is due to have the Third Reading of the Health (Amendment) Bill next week and is proposing a raft of amendments to streamline the sector to attain the universal health care pledge by the Jubilee administration.

Fraudulent billing, absence of a Health Services Tribunal and a dependable ombudsman in the sector are some of the challenges affecting consumers.

Cofek urged MPs to address governance challenges, separating policy from regulation and service provision. The Federation also urged the crucial parliamentary committee to ensure that consumer representation on all regulatory bodies was adopted as part of stemming the deteriorating health sector governance.

Members of the Committee, in their reply, urged Cofek to work with government closely and offer solutions. Among other members to the Committee is a former Director of Medical Services and Seme MP Dr James Nyikal who asked Cofek to style itself as a point of call for stakeholders to address challenges in the health sector.

Committee Chairperson Ms Chege pledged to work with Cofek and other stakeholders in realizing President Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda on healthcare.

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