Meru County introduces cashless system in hospitals
Meru County government has introduced a cashless mode of payment at the Meru Teaching and Referral Hospital and other health facilities so as to monitor service delivery and accountability.
According to the CECM for Finance Monica Kathono, the new technology is aimed at streamlining revenue collection and reducing theft, urging residents to embrace the new system.
“We are also introducing cashless payments in other streams of revenue such as businesses and parking among others. Plans are underway to introduce M-pesa for easy payments; our team is making an effort to ensure that it becomes effective and simple without taking long,” she said.
She added that the technology is currently in all level three, four and five hospitals across the county and will be gradually upgraded to level two and dispensaries to ensure it is effective and able to cope with the growing number of patients visiting the hospitals.
Kathono noted that the cashless system of payment will secure finances and fund flow in the hospital and ensure 100 per cent revenue collection saying the revenue collection at the hospitals has doubled since they introduced the new system.
Some patients have welcomed the new payment system but noted that the management should ensure that it is improved so that they spend less time paying.
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