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UAP Old Mutual signs partner to launch Children’s Medical Cover

by Wanjiku Mbugua

Kenya’s UAP Old Mutual General Business and Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital have partnered to introduce the first ever comprehensive medical cover exclusively for children.

This means children, from birth to 18 years old of age, can access the medical insurance cover without necessarily having to be under their parent’s or guardian’s covers.

And unlike the existing children’s medical covers that only caters for inpatient benefits, the latest offering has been expanded to include an outpatient benefit, an inpatient benefit and access to Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital and its satellite clinics.

It also comes with comprehensive cover including both preventing and curative care in addition to inpatient and outpatient care as well as
surgical and specialist care. The product gives parents various options to choose from based on their needs and family sizes with cover limits ranging from Ksh50, 000 to Ksh200,000 for outpatient and up to Ksh5 million for inpatient.

While speaking during the launch, David Kuria, Managing Director, UAP Old Mutual General Insurance said: “We received a lot of feedback from our customers and intermediaries about improving this solution. This led us to include an outpatient benefit which was not there before. As a company, we understand the health of children is paramount to each parent or guardian and we believe in delivering value to our customers.”

Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital is an established paediatric hospital in Eastern and Central Africa, providing quality, affordable and accessible healthcare to children. On his part, Dr. Robert Nyarango, CEO Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital said the product aims to increase the number of children who can access healthcare through insurance since it allows users to buy at the retail level which means you
access it without being linked to any employer.

In a market that has an estimated two million insurance covers, half of them (one million), are children covers meaning there are millions of other
children who are not medically insured.

“The biggest challenge we have in the provision of healthcare in Kenya and in Africa is lack of healthcare financing with most patients paying for services out of pocket. It is partnerships such as this with UAP Old Mutual that enable us to continue to provide comprehensive care to children in various aspects such as general pediatric consultation, Well Baby Clinics,
Specialist Clinics, surgical services, inpatient services as well as outpatient facilities including pharmacy, radiology and laboratory services across our network.”

In addition, the UAP Old Mutual Foundation in partnership with Old Mutual Limited is supporting the Gertrude’s Hospital Foundation in two critical areas; Provision of protective equipment for healthcare workers and testing of COVID19 in children. This initiative aims to support prevention, screening and testing of COVID-19 for children in underprivileged communities in Nairobi and to provide personal protective equipment for frontline healthcare workers in partner hospitals.

So far, close to 200 children have been tested for COVID-19 with the necessary support advanced to those affected.

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