TEACHERS, DEPENDENTS TO ENJOY FREE TREATMENT FOR COVID-19, TSC CONFIRMS
Over 320, 000 TSC employed teachers in primary and secondary schools in Kenya will now receive treatment for the novel coronavirus after TSC signed a pact with AON medical scheme.
Speaking yesterday, TSC Boss Dr. Nancy Macharia confirmed this, saying that teachers employed by the commission and their dependents are free to walk to any health facility and seek treatment for Covid-19.
“In line with this, Minet-Kenya led consortium in conjunction with TSC has been and will continue to support government’s efforts to combat Covid-19 by ensuring that any scheme member diagnosed with covid-19 and exhibits the symptoms is able to access medical treatment at the designated scheme medical facilities,” said Dr. Macharia, TSC CEO.
This is sweet music to the ears of many tutors who were paranoid about being recalled to work at a time when virus cases are soaring.
Teachers will, therefore, count themselves lucky especially now that many insurance companies have abandoned their clients by refusing hospital bills accrued after seeking treatment for the virus.
Besides this, TSC Boss said that there are other measures that have been put in place to shield teachers and their dependents from the risk of contracting the virus.
REPORTING COVID-19 CASES, TEACHERS’ USSD CODE
For instance, the commission has introduced a USSD code to enable teachers to easily report covid-19 cases that is *202*7. Teachers and their dependents can also access mental health and psychological support by calling the tele-counseling toll-free line O800720029.
Other measures include delivering drugs to registered chronic patients, distribution of hand sanitizers to members, and utilizing One Time Pin, OTP identification to reduce physical contact when accessing treating.
Teachers enjoy medical care by AON Minet Insurance which costs their employer billions every year. Last year, TSC spent Sh 9 billion to pay for teachers’ medical cover.
Inpatient medical cover was raised to Sh 750, 000 for teachers in the lowest cadre that is B5 while those in the highest cadre, Grade D4 get a maximum of 2.5million.
Currently, over 1, 006, 673 beneficiaries benefit from the TSC AON medical scheme. Out of these, 313, 333 are principal members, 178, 272 are listed as spouses while 515, 068 are children.
The teachers can also get treated within confines Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania.
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