Cost of health services remains high

Cost of health services remains high



now back here at home every Kenyan is potentially one disease or one health emergency away from poverty that is Jacinto and Jan jenga's story Ranjha one of the patients whose story we highlighted as a detained patient was discharged and released from the Nairobi Women's Hospital after being treated for four months however her outstanding bill is 1.3 million shillings her family says it will take a lifetime to clear it Ranjha could just be one of many Kenyans dealing with medical debts tonight our reporter Doris Wanjiru tells us why the cost of health care is still a heavy burden for many Kenyans why waivers are a catch-22 situation for private hospitals and why effective universal health coverage remains the only way out when just sent a story aired one citizen TV she had been at the Nairobi Women's Hospital Adams acade branch along Longwood for four months after her release and return home in doomberry kambou many might have wondered why a well for financial status she ended up in a private hospital in the first place when Nature Center was recovered at a ladies hostel in Gera the 24 year old fast born in a family of four is a 2nd year student at the Kenyan Methodist University in Nairobi but she also has a part-time culinary job in Kilimani on the 27th of March while at work she fell ill my colleagues rushed me to Iran hospital where at Iran my situation was out of hand they referred me to the nearest General Hospital it's narrow be women I was taken to imagine serum that is casualty and immediately they took me to ICU by the 8th of April 13 days after her fast admission habil had escalated to six hundred and sixty thousand four hundred and sixty three shillings her family only had thirty five thousand shillings which they paid and say they went back home feeling hopeless miserable and disappointed Jacinta fell ill again and she was readmitted by the 29th of April the bill was nine hundred and seventy five thousand three hundred and nine shillings by the 15th of May the bill I'd escalated to 1 million forty seven thousand nine hundred and ninety four shillings her family requested again for a waiver chip does not exist in health care if you think prevention or disease is expensive try treatment and this is because for example the diagnostic equipment becomes more expensive new medication is expensive not even in a public institution not in a faith-based hospital not in a private hospital the question is who is going to pay for it a doctor will just come and say hi will not even check you up and walk away when you go to the village find that it is five five thousand or four thousand what what is the doctor being paid for the doctor is being paid for the expertise their consultation we have Act of 2017 states that nobody should be denied emergency medical treatment this includes pre-hospital care stabilizing the patient and arranging for a Faro in jacinta's case the fast health provider she sought the service from did not have the facilities necessary to stabilize her the provider did what was medically right referred her to a better equipped facility and the search ended up at the Nairobi Women's Hospital the hospital does not demand a deposit to attend to the patient she was admitted in the intensive care unit and received high dependency unit nursing she was diagnosed with an acute asthma attack generalized anxiety pneumonia and PTSD the Nairobi Women's Hospital founder and director of strategy dr. Sam venya notes that the cost of ICU is very high a patient may require transfer hours for transfer to another hospital and especially let me say particularly ICU and then you look for an ICU bed even in a public hospital you can't get so what do you do we find ourselves in a situation where then we just have to continue treating better – my parents were trying to raise and come up with issues on how how we limit the bill they didn't release me even after coming with the money that they were money they managed to raise and I brought it to the management and say this is all that we have right now can you release her and then we clear the bill when she's outside they said no then a Ruby Women's Hospital says it is owed four hundred and thirty million shillings in outstanding bills they are not government funded and we do not have any facility where like the public hospitals have a social welfare where they can weave and claim from the government jacinta's family took to fundraising managing in total to pay together with the initial deposits a sum of five hundred and fifteen thousand shillings after four months of being treated discharge and readmitted Jacinta was released when Jacinta wanza was finally released from the Nairobi Women's Hospital and came back home those following her story may have been led to believe that the hospital had waived their bill we found out that she and her family still owe the hospital 1.3 million shillings Georgian jenga is a casual labor and doesn't have a stable income he lives off the land and has recently started pigs the waiver request from Jenga is one that may never be granted patent patent Polynesia commits nabarro and SMI villa Nutella papers gives up goody Perugia Kiera mozzie you terrify me I can copy one point to you 37 5 citic worth carry would not accept that this is waiver and therefore write it off because it is recognized as you treated a patient there's an invoice Jacinta is grateful that she's still alive things could have been worse a man as a woman to you turn into a person any person no fanatic exactly present a party Connor you can't do anything so long my dear Kesava this is why this country needs a universal health coverage because on one side we are required to provide emergency treatment without having to worry about the payment because payment can be standardized and that is what universal health care should seek to to achieve the rest of us you and I must also be ready to pay a little more on health insurance so that we can then have everybody covered it's good to have any cava you don't know your tomorrow you don't know the next minute or you will be like for me it was an emergency thing and I found myself in somewhere it took God told me for me to be outside if God never intervened that still and still be in that hospital universal health coverage perhaps remains the equalizer for many Kenyans who cannot afford quality health care and our one disease one emergency from poverty Turkish Wanjiru citizen TV

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