NHIF BIOMETRIC REGISTRATION AND ELECTRONIC CLAIMS MANAGEMENT FOR UHC
The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) is introducing the use of fingerprints to identify its 8.9 million members and their dependants to tackle fraud and speed up payment of medical claims.
The State-funded medical insurance scheme has started mass biometric registration as it migrates from the use of NHIF card and national identity card as the mode of identification— both of which have provided loopholes for fraudulent claims.
The scheme has previously been hit by fraudulent claims of people using fake identities to seek medical care and hospitals processing false claims.
The biometric registration will run together with the installation of electronic claims system as NHIF moves to eliminate manual processing of hospital bills. Hospitals have up to July 11 to switch to e-claim processing system and NHIF members will need to be registered under biometrics to access their cover.