Petition for the release of detained patients for unpaid bills

Petition for the release of detained patients for unpaid bills

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Mwania Walter started this petition to Senate of Kenya

On 9th January 2021, Mr. John Gitau was detained at PGH Nakuru hospital (ward 12, bed number 26) over medical bills he couldn't afford until 9th March 2021. On 9th March 2021, I made an access to information application under Article 33 and 35 of the Constitution and the Access to Information Act (ATI 2016) to the hospital Superintendent Dr. Aisha Maina upon which Mr. Gitau was released. 

Many Kenyans are currently being detained in hospitals after discharge over their inability to pay medical bills. Hospitals are not detention facilities by law. Most courts in Kenya have in such instances heed the view that detention of patients for their inability to pay their medical bills is unlawful arbitrary and unconstitutional. (see Christine Kidha v Nairobi Women’s Hospital (supra), MAO & another vs Attorney General & 4 Others [2015] eKLR and Tryphosa Jebet Kosgey v Eldogn View Hospital [2016]eKLR.

While medical services provided require payment for services rendered, detention of poor Kenyans in hospitals is a violation of their rights to movement and dignity by institutions not legally considered detention institutions.

Hence by signing this petition: -

1. You're becoming a voice to the voiceless, poor and oppressed.

2. You are compelling all hospitals to release all detained patients over medical bills.

3. You are petitioning the Senate to legislate on how hospitals should recover unpaid medical bills while observing human rights as well as transparency in waiving medical bills on a need basis.

4. You're contributing to a national conversation on how the Universal Health Cover (UHC) by NHIF must ensure each Kenyan has sufficient medical cover for in and outpatient services to ensure healthcare access doesn't condemn Kenyans to a life of poverty. 

 

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