News that insurance broker AoN has suspended the contracts of 15 health providers found to have made fraudulent claims is as inspiring as it is disheartening.
Inspiring because it shows that the insurance industry is at last beginning to get to grips with the massive fraud that has become predominant in the sector, retarding its growth.
In making fraudulent claims, the health providers are effectively stealing from the health system that is barely able to meet the massive needs of ordinary citizens, thereby undermining the general welfare of society — including the health of insurance firms and corporate citizens.
Such are the crimes that in well-organised societies should attract the cruellest punishments because of the harm they cause to the public interest.
Though 15 is a small number compared to the thousands of service providers, it is our opinion that AoN should not just end this by suspending these firms but should follow through with firm legal action against them.
This is because such fraud, which is most rampant in the service providers’ dealing with State-backed health insurer NHIF, if not dealt with poses the danger of crippling the national agency that has only recently rolled out services such as paying the cost of surgery, dialysis and cancer treatment for millions of poor Kenyans. These frauds must not be allowed to kill it.