The Business Case for Quality in Health Care [chapter]

Nicole Spieker
2020 Improving Health Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries  
The Constitution of Kenya gives the government an oversight role in setting and enforcing quality standards for health services. While the Kenyan Ministry of Health has numerous policy documents and legal frameworks to enforce quality care, its capacity to perform inspection visits and enforce licensing requirements has been limited. To help support the institutionalization of a regulatory framework to promote quality health care, PharmAccess, a Dutch nongovernmental organization, launched a
more » ... tion, launched a strategic collaboration with the Kenya Ministry of Health and the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) to embed accredited clinical and business quality standards into a national quality assurance system and to introduce the standards and quality improvement methodology into the contracting process of healthcare providers by the NHIF. This case focuses on the introduction of medical and business quality standards at St. Patrick Health Care Center, a private provider in Nairobi. The program has helped the facility to attract financial loans to improve the scale, scope, and quality of their services and to generate extra income by securing a contract with the NHIF to provide health-care services to NHIF members in addition to other private insurers.
doi:10.1007/978-3-030-43112-9_7 fatcat:d6uoflnhybehhkt7ipcct2gixu