Tenwek Hospital has suspended medical services to teachers covered by AON Minet insurance company over Sh45 million bill.
Teachers seeking treatment were on Thursday turned away from the private referral hospital in Bomet County. The hospital insisted that they pay for medical services like other clients.
The hospital was instead referring patients to other hospitals like St Clare’s Kaplong Hospital or even litein AIC hospital
Mr Malel Langat, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Bomet branch executive secretary called on the medical insurer to urgently address the matter to enable teachers to access medical services.
Mr Shem Tangus stated in a letter dated April, 29, 2021 to MAKI limited (under the AON umbrella) that the bills had not been paid by the medical insurer for services offered in the last nine months.
Teachers have been subjected to similar situations before. The hospital had previously suspended services to patients covered by AON. The ban was lifted in July 2019.
As a result, AON Minet General Manager John Kegode and assistant General Manager Denis Munene toured the South Rift region on January 22, 2019 to address the “operational issues” with four hospitals in the region -Siloam, Litein AIC, Tenwek and Kaplong.
Teachers had been forced to pay for medical services despite having an insurance cover.