The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) paid Sh5.9 billion in members’ medical bills in the four months to October, more than half of it going into surgeries, the agency said.
NHIF chief executive Geoffrey Mwangi said chemotherapy, radiotherapy, dialysis and diagnostic tests such as MRI and CT scans also made it to the list of top claims.
“Surgeries are more expensive even if less are done. We have over 15 minor surgeries, for instance, to cater for in that package,” Mr Mwangi said.
Official records show that Sh3.1 billion was paid out for specialised, major and minor surgeries alone during the review period, easing the cost burden on Kenyans undergoing surgical procedures in local hospitals.