MPs Demand TSC to Scrap Medical Cover for Teachers
MPs Demand TSC to Scrap Medical Cover for Teachers. Members of Parliament urge end to Sh53 billion medical scheme for teachers. The National Assembly Education Committee has called on Minet Kenya Insurance Brokers Ltd to explain the allocation, accusing the company of subjecting teachers to suffering.
Lawmakers said teachers who applied for intervention were allegedly denied healthcare due to non-payment by Minet and delays in approval.
Teachers have expressed complaints that Mineto-affiliated health facilities take up to four days to discharge patients, unlike other programs. In addition, they faced restrictions in accessing health services within seven days of treatment. Despite the scrapping of the requirement in June, teachers claimed they were required to top up Sh100 during hospital visits.
The committee heard that the insurance collected about Sh300 million annually from three million hospital visits. Under the 2015 contract with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), teachers were promised unlimited outpatient and inpatient services, annual cover of Sh120,000 for maternity services, Sh60,000 for optical cover and up to Sh40,000 for dental cover.
During the meeting, Minet CEO Sammy Muthui tried to justify why the contract should not be terminated. Committee chairman Julius Melly criticized the implementation and highlighted teachers’ desire for value for money. Muthui assured of the uniqueness and benefits of the scheme citing the problems caused by the large number of lives insured.
Kibra MP Peter Oraro questioned the company’s inability to deliver quality services despite the allocation. Muthui acknowledged setbacks due to volume but promised corrective measures. The committee decided that Minet management must appear on December 5 to provide substantiated answers through documentation.
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