In Summary
  • Bishops Philip Anyolo said the church is deeply concerned about the growing debt of NHIF to be paid to its health institutions across the country.
  • The Catholic Church also appealed to the government and other state actors to actively engage in the fight against corruption.

The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) owes health institutions run by the Catholic Church in Kenya nearly Sh1.9 billion medical arrears.

This is the unpaid amount accumulated in 100 health facilities from September last year, top church officials said Friday.

Chairman Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops Philip Anyolo said that the church is deeply concerned about the growing debt of NHIF to be paid to its health institutions across the country.

“In fact many of our health facilities have been experiencing a serious crisis of NHIF non-payments to a point where it is difficult to procure medicine or pay salaries,” said Rev Anyolo.

Speaking in Nairobi where he was also flanked by other catholic bishops, Rev Anyolo said that if the situation persists, it threatens to cripple important services and therefore deny the public the health care due to them as a right.

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