, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14 – Clinix Healthcare Chairman Jayesh Saini has now come out to defend his company saying the tender that they were awarded for provision of healthcare was clean and that it has no ‘ghost’ clinics as claimed.
Speaking on Capital In The Morning show on Monday Saini said the contract was based on the number of patients to be served over a period of time and not on the number of clinics available.
“The expansion actually started way back last year. We had licensed about forty-five clinics between January and February. The misconception is that we were paid for clinics basically that do not exist,” he said.
He described this method known as ‘capitation’ as an efficient means of providing health services to Kenyans.
“Interestingly, the aspect of capitation that has been widely misunderstood is the fact that the amount of money paid to the service provider is not based on the number of clinics but the number of people,” he said.
He downplayed any claims of a scandal saying it is a method that is being used in many countries.
“I believe that this is the first step to attaining universal healthcare for Kenyans. I do not see any scandal in this particular process. Capitation is a payment mechanism which is being used worldwide by many countries. It is not unique to Kenya. It is the best outpatient solution provider to make healthcare attainable and affordable,” he stated.
He stated that he was ready to face the parliamentary probe team investigating the NHIF scandal on Monday afternoon maintaining that his dealings were above board. Saini had been summoned on Monday last week by the Parliamentary Committee but failed to appear due to what he said was other engagements.
“We got summons at about 2.30 PM on Monday afternoon. We have got a schedule of activities that we have to do,” he said.
Clinix reportedly received about Sh92 million from NHIF under the capitation scheme with a 56,000 member capacity.
Saini however pointed out that Clinix Healthcare was expanding their clinics so as to meet this demand and was not using funds from NHIF.
“We want to achieve a minimum of three hundred clinics spread across Kenya so basically there is no rocket science there. James Mwangi of equity Bank did exactly that. When he rolled out branches of Equity into the villages, people thought he had gone mad,” he said. “Looking at him today, he is a financial guru and that is exactly what we are trying to do.”
Only 22 of the current 71 outlets across the country were operational by December last year with the rest being established from January.
Medical Services Minister Anyang Nyong’o and his Public Service counterpart Dalmas Otieno will appear before the parliamentary health committee on Tuesday morning.
Nyong’o is later on Tuesday afternoon expected to give a ministerial statement on the matter in Parliament. However this will be subject to the House Speaker’s ruling since the matter is already under investigation.