NHIF card holders to receive services at AKHS hospitals

06Mar 2019
Getrude Mbago
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
NHIF card holders to receive services at AKHS hospitals

THE Aga Khan Health Services Tanzania (AKHS) has said that it was discussing with the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) to come up with   special frame-work programme which will allow the Fund’s card holders access medical services at its hospitals and health centres available in the country.

Currently, the Aga Khan Hospital doesn’t offer medical services to all NHIF card holders but only to few people like Members of Parliament.

 

Addressing reporters yesterday in Dar es Salaam, AKHS director of medical services Dr Ahmed Jusabani said that the hospital was also offering services to NHIF card holders at its health centres available in up country regions whereby at last 300,000 patients received such services last year alone.

 

He said when briefing journalists on the inauguration of its new building worth 192bn/- which will be launched by the Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa on Saturday, this week at the Aga Khan hospital in Dar es Salaam.

 

“It is not that we do not offer services to NHIF members, no but we provide to few people due to conditions set by the hospital but with the ongoing discussion with NHIF, we will see more people accessing the services,”  he said.

 

He said that under the plan, Aga Khan will be receiving referral patients with NHIF cards from various hospitals in the country.

 

According to him, Aga Khan is the only Tanzania and the second hospital in East African to attain the ‘Gold Seal’ from the Joint Commission International Accreditation (JCIA) so  the public should remember that it offers services also   at international levels.

 

 

The move is expected to increase access to specialised treatment in the private hospital and reduce the burden on the few public referral hospitals.

 

 

Speaking on the newly completed building, Dr Jusabani said that the move was part of the AKHS’s expansion plan that will see the hospital develop into a fully fledged world-class health care institution by next year.

 

“Delivering high quality and reliable health care of international standards requires continuous improvement and compliance to evolving evidence based quality standards…This building will expand provision of medical services and accommodate more patients,” he said.

 

 

 

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