Yesterday morning, a friend of mine was attacked by thugs and rushed to st. Francis hospital Kasarani. Sadly, the hospital refused to attend to his cuts from 5am till 9 when somebody had to go and make payments of 8, 000 for x-ray. After the results were out, the hospital could still not attend to him until about 3,000 was paid to clean up the wounds.
And this got me wondering, why are church based hospitals so expensive, and so inhuman in handling patients?
I actually thought that this is just an isolated case until I went through their reviews on Facebook, and unsurprisingly, there are all manner of complains about the hospital: from negligence, abandoning patients who are unaccompanied, rudeness and one went to the extent of describing it as a bank whose major task is to charge expensively then transfer patients to other hospitals.
Being aa community hospital, hospitals like st. Francis hospital need to do better, and charge a fair price considering their location within the city. And even more, these hospitals are mainly run by the tithe of innocent, God seeking Christians yet the same people who contribute to their establishment and running cannot afford to even seek medical attention from there.
It’s not just hospitals, but most of these churches run hotels, university’s, primary and secondary schools that are so expensive such that the same people who struggle to contribute to have them established cannot afford to take their children to these schools or even have a meal at their hotels.
He Catholic church as well as Presbyterian church of East Africa (PCEA) lead the park in having all these establishments: others include Methodist church that owns KEMU, and other churches all over the country that operate and run these businesses that don’t benefit their flock in any way, with much of the money generated by the same institutions being used to fund expensive lifestyles of their founders and their families.
The soul of our churches was long lost in their clamor to accumulate more wealth. Instead of these churches being a place of peace and spiritual naurishment for their flock, these churches have turned out to be nothing but scams that have fleeced their followers to the last penny.
It’s time the government regulated churches, and made them pay taxes if anything.