Teachers turned away from Medicare due to unpaid bills
Teachers in Bomet County cannot access medical care at all leading health institutions over unpaid medical bills of more than Sh.6.9 million by medical insurance firms.
Bomet Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Executive Secretary, Joseph Langat, told the press on Saturday that over 7,000 teachers under the Scheme are denied services at Tenwek Mission Hospital.
The Hospital’s management insists that the insurance provider for the teachers’ medical care, the AON, had not released the aforesaid amount.
Majority of the teachers who visited the Hospital this week for the services, he said, were turned away by the institution’s management and now were more confused since they had no other better alternative to attend them.
Langat wondered why the insurance firm had not paid promptly the teachers bills, yet the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) paid it colossal sums of money for medical services for the group on monthly basis.
“I urge TSC and AON’s management to sit together and iron out their differences so that the teaching force can access medical care as soon as possible,” he stated.
The Hospital’s Administrator, Raymond Byiegon, told KNA on phone that it was true the hospital’s management was turning away teachers seeking medical services, especially those on out-patient due to the nonpayment for the services offered.
He said despite the Hospital’s management writing to the insurance provider to clear the outstanding amount in time, always there is no response from the institution’s management.
By Joseph Obwocha