Teachers medical cover extended by three months

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The Teachers’ Service Commission has extended the just-ended one year comprehensive medical cover for teachers by three months starting July.

Multiple sources within the commission said the decision to grant AON Kenya Insurance Brokers an extension was reached on June 30.

“Since we had not procured afresh for the scheme, the idea to extend the contract has been on the cards for the last one month pending further decision,” a source said.

The Sh5.3 billion medical cover for teachers was signed last year between TSC and AON Kenya.

The scheme has managed to register 233,910 teachers out of the total 288,000.

Individual teachers appreciate the scheme, despite teething problems during the first year.

Jackline Keino, a teacher at St Patrick’s High School (Uasin Gishu county), is grateful the scheme catered for her specialised treatment at a private hospital in India.

“You gave me a second lease of life and I am forever grateful,” she said.

A preliminary scorecard by AON shows there were 800 teachers’ deaths per year prior to the medical scheme, but now there are 500.

The one year scheme was valued at Sh5.3 billion, but if TSC increases the budget, AON plans to increase the inpatient benefits by half. Inpatient benefits currently stand at between Sh300,000 and Sh1 million a year.