The National Health Insurance Fund(NHIF) has defended why it reimburses most funds to private health facilities.

NHIF CEO Peter Kamunyo has told the National Assembly Health Committee that the insurer does not favour private facilities as has been perceived by the public in the recent past

"We don't favour any hospitals because Kenyans have a choice of where to go," he said.

This is after data from the national health insurer showed that 65 per cent of reimbursements go to private facilities.

 15 per cent to faith-based facilities, with only 19 per cent going to public health facilities.