No more medical referrals abroad from Kenya, Ministry of Health has declared

No more medical referrals abroad from Kenya, Ministry of Health has declared

Patients seeking specialised treatment will only be transferred to facilities with higher cadres abroad, only if it will be recommended by a practitioner in the same field from local health care which has the capacity to do, the Ministry of Health has said.

In the new regulations gazetted by Health Cabinet secretary Cleopa Mailu, known as the Medical Practitioners and Dentists (referral of patients abroad) the ministry will now allow medical doctors to publicly advertise their services.

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In addition to, condense the numbers and regulate exploitation of patients being referred for specialised treatment outside the country.

The Ministry said the regulations will enable the public to be better informed of medical services offered by the practitioners and health institutions in the country.

At the moment, it is against the medical profession’s ethics to advertise a doctor’s service.

The Ministry has stipulated parameters in which a patient may be referred for further treatment.

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“The rules will regulate the referral of patients abroad by setting out parameters in which practitioners may refer to a patient, requirements for the said referral and facilities where the patient can be referred,” Mailu said in the gazette notice.

According to the gazette notice those seeking for referral services will be basically for curative, rehabilitative or specialised diagnostic services.

Patients will only seek for referrals after they have sort assistance from local health care which Kenyan hospital have capacity to do, according to the regulations.

“The rules will regulate the referral of patients abroad by setting out parameters in which practitioners may refer to a patient, requirements for the said referral and facilities where the patient can be referred,” statement explained.

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Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board (KMPDB)  has welcomed the decision by ministry decision  saying the regulations had been developed after they established that patients are seeking medical services from abroad without proper referrals.

“In the recent pat patients have sought for referrals in facilities in of lower cadres than those available in Kenya,” the board’s Chief Executive Officer Daniel Yumbya said

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