Outpatient consultation fees and bed charges have increased by the highest margins as hospitals move to recover the additional expenses.
For instance, consultation fees at Aga Khan rose to Sh1,500 from Sh1,300 while KNH increased the fee to Sh550 from Sh350.
Consultation fees rose by the highest margin of 11 per cent to take 18 per cent of the total outpatient spend in 2010, according to data from AoN Kenya, an insurance brokerage and consultancy firm.
The costs of drugs, however, took the largest share of the total outpatient spend at 48 per cent.
Ailments associated with the respiratory tract accounted for 26 per cent of total outpatient claims.
For inpatients, the cheapest bed rates in the private wing in Kenyatta National Hospital rose from Sh1,950 a night to Sh3,000 even as Nairobi Hospital increased its general adult ward bed costs to Sh7,600 from Sh6,820.
Kenyatta increased the fees for its intensive care unit by Sh300 to Sh3,300 a day while Aga Khan raised the same fee to Sh33,500 from Sh29,000. Nairobi Hospital raised its fee from Sh22,900 from Sh21,500 per day.
Hospitals also sought to protect their margins by increasing the cost of specialised services such as VIP and private rooms.
Nairobi Hospital revised the cost of the paediatric ward bed (St Marys) up from Sh6,100 to Sh7,000 while increasing the charges for caesarian section from Sh205,000 from Sh210,000.
Aga Khan increased the cost of its paediatric private room by Sh2,500 to Sh17,000 with Kenyatta raising its VIP private room by Sh2,500 to Sh6,500.
Findings by AoN Kenya showed that maternity (deliveries and complications) account for the number one cost of inpatient claims at 24 per cent.
AoN Kenya data indicates that healthcare costs have gone up by more than 40 per cent in the last two years, eating deeper into household budgets and threatening profit margins of employers with self-funded group medical insurance schemes.
Outpatient and inpatient costs have increased by 10 per cent and 40 per cent respectively in the past one year on account of a volatile shilling.
The steep rise in the cost of hospitalisation is also being linked to the aggressive expansion that the institutions are undertaking as they spread their footprint across the country.
All major hospitals have expanded to major towns and within the city suburbs as they seek to tap new customers and revenues.