Most Kenyan patients who travel abroad go for cancer treatment

 

The article says that cancer patients make up more than 50% of Kenyans seeking medical treatment overseas. Renal diseases take 16.8%, followed by cardiovascular diseases with 7.8% while skeletal disorders account for 3.4%.

The reason for the outbound medical travel from Kenya is, it claims, due to a lack of enough specialists and specialised medical equipment, long waiting periods especially for cancer treatment and kidney transplants and the high cost of treatment.

Many patients hope they can get a referral to India, as NHIF (Kenyan National Hospital Insurance Fund) covers costs outside the country.

Mishra has recently come up with a bill to control referral of patients outside the country.

For further analysis of the flow of medical travellers from Kenya, visit the IMTJ Country Profile.

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