NHIF pays hospitals Sh1.2bn for Caesarean-section births

Elizabeth Mwongeli and Mark Wambua attending to their newly born baby Gabriella Ngina at Pumwani Hospital, Nairobi, on December 26, 2015. Elizabeth gave birth to her daughter through Caesarean-section. The NHIF's payouts for Caesarean-section births hit Sh1.2 billion last year. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Mr Geoffrey Mwangi, the NHIF chief executive, said payments for C-section surpassed budgets, underlining how widespread its use has become in Kenya.

  • In 2015, the NHIF board increased the amount allocated to CS births  from Sh18,000 to Sh30,000.

  • The fund pays Sh10,000 for normal delivery having increased it from Sh6,000.

The National Hospital Insurance Fund’s (NHIF) payouts for Caesarean-section births hit Sh1.2 billion last year amid concerns that hospitals could be pushing women to surgery for financial gain.

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