Insurance companies are incurring huge bills by settling medical expenses that can be controlled through basic education.
Resolution Health Chief Executive Officer Peter Nduati said respiratory diseases constituted up to 19 percent of all the hospital bills his company settled for its members last year.
Mr. Nduati said his company paid KES 317.8mn for treatment of tuberculosis, asthma, bronchitis, common cold, cystic fibrosis, pneumonia, sinusitis and whooping cough.
“This was attributed to their contagious nature as well as inadequate public health education on personal and community responsibility,” he said, adding that this would have better been dealt with through public awareness on management and treatment of chronic conditions through public campaigns and regular medical camps.
Others with top hospital bills spend included diseases of the digestive system, certain infections and parasitic diseases and those of the genitourinary system which had a total spend of KES 173.9mn, KES 158.4mn and KES 139mn respectively.
“Education on public health rules in relation to personal and community responsibility would for instance easily prevent diseases and conditions such as tuberculosis, asthma, bronchitis, common cold, influenza, pneumonia and whooping cough affecting school-going children,” he said.
Mr. Nduati was speaking during the second Resolution Health Wellness Summit 2014 held at the Villa Rosa Kempinsky Hotel in Nairobi.
The summit is an exclusive event for the insurers’ over 60,000 corporate members, as a first step in mobilizing and promoting Healthy Living and Wellness for members.