NHIF Cover Limits: 2023 Packages and Prices for Inpatient and Outpatient Services

Discover how the 2023 NHIF cover limits can provide you with affordable access to high-quality healthcare services in Kenya.

Jun 17, 2023 - 12:35
Jun 17, 2023 - 12:35
NHIF Cover Limits: 2023 Packages and Prices for Inpatient and Outpatient Services
NHIF Cover Limits; Here are The Updated Packages And Prices For Inpatient Outpatient patients For 2023

Healthcare costs have been a constant concern worldwide. The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) addresses this problem in Kenya, providing Kenyans with affordable health insurance policies. This article will dissect the updated 2023 NHIF cover limits and how they can help you access affordable, high-quality healthcare services.

What is NHIF Cover Limits?

The NHIF cover limits are caps set by the National Hospital Insurance Fund on their various packages. These limits ensure the scheme's sustainability while guaranteeing affordable healthcare to all its members. The coverage comprises several packages: outpatient, inpatient, maternity, chronic illness, and specialized treatments.

Understanding the NHIF Cover Limits for Inpatient and Outpatient Services

NHIF Outpatient Services Cover

NHIF's comprehensive outpatient services package covers consultation fees, physiotherapy, drug dispensation, lab exams, wellness counseling, health education, and immunization. For 2023, the cover remains unlimited for outpatient services, provided you are attending a registered hospital. However, a few exceptions might require you to foot the bill.

NHIF Inpatient Services Cover

NHIF's inpatient coverage covers bed charges, consultation, nursing care, medication, surgery, physiotherapy, lab services, and specialist consultation. Accident fractures and blood transfusion procedures are also covered. The bed charge limits for 2023 are as follows:

  • Low-cost government hospitals: From Ksh. 1,200 per day
  • High-cost private hospitals: Up to Ksh. 4,000 per day

Public Servants Cover Limits

For public servants, the cover limits vary depending on their job group. Some job groups' coverage is unlimited for inpatient and outpatient services. For others, there is a specific cap.

Exploring NHIF Special Packages

Maternity Services

NHIF offers comprehensive maternity services, covering both expected delivery and C-section and prenatal care. For 2023, the limits are:

  • Normal delivery: Up to Ksh. 10,000
  • Cesarean section: Up to Ksh. 30,000

Cancer Cover (Oncology Package)

NHIF has revamped its cancer cover to accommodate various types of cancer treatments. The cancer cover limits for 2023 include the following:

  • Radiotherapy: Maximum of 20 sessions at Ksh. 3,600 each or Ksh. 18,000 per week.
  • Diagnostic tests: Maximum of Ksh. 69,500 for specific scans.
  • Oncology clinics: Benefits between Kshs. 25,000 to Kshs. 150,000 per cycle, limited to 24 sessions annually.

Chronic Diseases Cover

NHIF caters to chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and kidney failure. For 2023, the limits are:

  • Radiology services: Maximum of Ksh. 18,000
  • Monthly clinic check-up: Maximum of Ksh. 5,000
  • Kidney transplants: Maximum of Ksh. 500,000
  • Kidney/renal dialysis: Up to Ksh. 9,500 per session, limited to twice per week

Dental and Optical Services

Dental and optical services cover for 2023 are as follows:

  • Dental care: Maximum of Ksh. 15,000. This includes oral surgery, root canal, dentures, and fillings.
  • Optical care: Maximum of Ksh. 25,000. This includes frames, prescription glasses, and eye tests.

Specialized Treatment Abroad

In some instances where the necessary treatment is unavailable in Kenya, NHIF can cover costs for treatment abroad. This is subject to prior approval from NHIF's Special Treatment Committee. The maximum limit for specialized treatment abroad for 2023 is Ksh. 4 million.

How to Access Your NHIF Benefits

To access your benefits, you need to have an active NHIF membership. You can pay your monthly contributions via M-Pesa, direct bank transfer, or any NHIF office. Always remember to carry your NHIF card when visiting any registered healthcare provider.

READ ALSO:  List Of 100 Accredited NHIF Outpatient Hospitals in Nairobi: A Comprehensive Guide

Wrapping Up

In conclusion, the 2023 NHIF cover limits have been designed to provide affordable healthcare to all Kenyans. NHIF continues to revamp its services, making healthcare accessible and affordable for every member. Kenyans must familiarize themselves with these changes to fully understand and utilize their benefits. Whether seeking outpatient or inpatient services, maternity or specialized treatment, NHIF remains steadfast in ensuring your and your family's health and well-being.


What is the coverage for emergency services under NHIF?

Emergency services are covered under both inpatient and outpatient packages. However, specific details may vary depending on the hospital's agreements with NHIF.

Are pre-existing conditions covered under NHIF?

Yes, pre-existing conditions are covered under NHIF, but there might be a waiting period before you can access the benefits for such situations.

Can I use NHIF in private hospitals?

Yes, NHIF covers services in both public and private hospitals. However, the extent of the cover may vary depending on the hospital and the specific agreement with NHIF.

How often can I update my NHIF details?

There's no limit to how often you can update your NHIF details. Keep your information up to date to avoid any inconveniences when accessing services.

Are non-Kenyans eligible for NHIF coverage?

Yes, non-Kenyans living in Kenya are eligible for NHIF coverage. They will need to provide proof of residence and pay the required premiums.

What happens if I miss a payment?

If you miss a monthly contribution, you need to make the payment with a penalty as soon as possible to remain eligible for the benefits. Continuous defaults could lead to the suspension of your help.


The information in this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute professional medical advice or replace the NHIF's official communication. The specifics and amounts mentioned in this article are subject to change based on NHIF's policies and should be verified with the official NHIF website or offices. While we strive to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability, or availability concerning the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Therefore, Any reliance on such information is strictly at your own risk.

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