Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) staff have been urged to visit tier two and tier three hospitals instead of tier one hospitals, in order to save money for their medical Insurance.
The advice came from the staff medical insurer Madison Ltd with the view to help members of staff who are exhausting their cover several months before a year ends.
Madison Insurance Assistant Manager-Client retention Ms Loise Ngeene disclosed that in the last financial year, 30 percent of TUM staff exhausted their medical cover before the financial year came to an end.
Addressing TUM members of Staff on August 4, 2023 at TUM’s Assembly Hall, Ms Ngeene said that those who depleted their medical cover visited tier one hospitals, which are very expensive compared to tier two, tier three and TUM clinic.
She said: “One visit at Aga Khan Hospital, which is in tier one category, will cost you about Kshs 8,090 for common cold. Tier two hospitals such as Pandya Memorial Hospital is approximately Kshs 6,672 while tier three hospital such as Tudor Healthcare is around Kshs 2,600 whereas TUM Clinic is approximately Kshs 2,740 for the same disease.“
Madison insurance General Manager Mr. Jonah Wachira advised those with chronic diseases such as High Blood Pressure and Diabetes to liaise with Madison insurance team to get professional advice on how to manage their conditions.
Wachira added that Madison insurance has negotiated with various medical institutions to help those with chronic diseases in accessing medicine at discounted rates.
He also urged TUM staff to take advantage of Livia and teleconsultation window where one can get advice from medical doctors via the phone and medicines can be delivered at his/her door step.
Dr Diana Oigara who had accompanied the team revealed that research has made tremendous progress and those with chronic disease can breathe a sigh of relief.
”High blood pressure and Diabetes can be reversed completely. The patients have to follow instructions from medical doctors and the rest will be history. So those with chronic conditions the ball is in your court.” Dr Diana concluded.
TUM staff got an opportunity ask questions and clarifications. The Madison insurance team promised to handle them well.
Also in attendance during the briefing were TUM Vice Chancellor Prof Laila Abubakar, Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration Finance and Planning Prof Joseph Rasowo, Registrar Academic Affairs Dr. Cromwell Kibiti and Registrar Administration and Planning Dr. Shivani Patel.