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Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPD) has recommended a 41 percent reduction on doctor’s professional fees.

This comes after a review of the 2016 Doctor’s Professional Fees Charges recommended by the National assembly’s Departmental Committee of Health.

The recommendation, recently, resulted to a clash between doctors and Insurance Companies that provide health coverage last week with insurers threatening to increase its premium to cover the high cost of healthcare.

The National Assembly last year requested that the minimum doctor’s fees should be slashed while the doctors proposed reduction on the maximum fees by 20 percent.

After extensive consultations with stakeholders the medics have proposed a 20 percent reduction on the minimum and 20 percent cut on the maximum fees stipulated on the 2016 professional fees.

This move has been termed as “the goodwill of doctors in the process of supporting Universal Health Coverage by improving access and assuring affordability.”

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In a circular sent to media houses, KMPD further recommended that, “A multi-sectoral team comprising of MKPD, KEMSA, NHIF, PPB, KMA, Kenya private hospital association among others shall be set up to work in a comprehensive review of all components contributing to the cost of healthcare including: pharmaceuticals, non-pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics, hospitality other professional services and utilities.”

The medics additionally want institutional reforms initiated including the business process re-engineerng at NHIF to respond to the issues of access and affordability of health services country wide.

The Council of Governors will be consulted in the course of reform processes as the county governments are key partners in the delivery and success of Universal Health Coverage and to reduce the demand of private health sector services.

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“Further, I wish to emphasis that the Ministry takes note of the extremely expensive cost of training doctors for the country and especially in the development of specialists. We therefore must ensure that as a country, we are able to retain our doctors as they continue to provide health services to all Kenyans,” said Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki.

The report  in line with its recommendations will be submitted to the National Assembly’s Departmental Committee on Health.

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