Cimas subscribers to fork out cash for medicine

HARARE - Cimas Medical Aid Society subscribers will have to fork out hard cash for medicine, according to a circular sent by the society last week.

Roderick Takawira, the Cimas acting managing director, said the temporary suspension of the drug facility is meant to deal with unspecified manipulation of the system by fraudsters.

“Due to abuse and fraudulent activities perpetrated by persons unknown using the Cimas cards, we have suspended the online drug facility system with immediate effect,” the circular said.

“The matter has been reported to the responsible authorities,” added the  information bulletin released last Friday.

“Providers are advised that patients will unfortunately have to pay cash for drugs and claim from the society. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused and hope to remedy the situation soon.”

According to Itai Rusike, Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) executive director, government needs to act fast to nip the lawlessness prevalent in the health sector.

“The CWGH is concerned that this new system opens the door for a cash payment that inevitably increase in size annually or more often, defeating the point of prepayments to medical aid and increasing the barriers to use of services,” he said.

Cimas was recently ordered by the Competition and Tariff Commission (CTC) to stop interfering with subscribers’ right to choose a doctor or institution of their choice after a probe revealed that the medical aid society was engaged in restrictive practices.

Comments (11)

WHY DON'T WE QUIT CIMAS THEY ARE GOING LIKE PSMAS THEY ARE ALL A BUNCH OF CROOKS WITH NO SHAME LIKE THE ZUNU CROOKS

GARIKAI MUSONA - 14 May 2015

CIMAS!!!! this is a serious damage you are causing to subscribers, after all the monies that we pay, where are we to get cash to pay upfront? Sure you are also like PSMAS. I feel there is need to audit the society seriously.

Winos Dube - 14 May 2015

Why dont they say the truth. They are facing a financial problem.

Joe banana - 14 May 2015

Its CIMAS who should improve their systems to curb fraudulent activities. Why should we as clients suffer for their lack of controls. In other markets if you pull a stunt like that clients will leave.

mt - 14 May 2015

why dont you just join FLIMAS for the best medical aid service

chingwa chevana - 14 May 2015

My advice to all hard working Zimbos is to stop subscribing to these so called medical aid societies. To the best of my knowledge there is no mandatory legal requirement for an employee to contribute to a medical aid gang of crooks. Just quit and quit fast...CIMAS is in big shit

Garikayi - 14 May 2015

CIMAS can we also tell us to stop contributing for this period until this sorted so that we are even and no one loses how about that coz this CIMAS madness has been going on for far too long and honestly i think they need us more than we do.

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Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 15 May 2015

a once board member said this long ago that cimas is in financial mess but people did not heed the call now the results are coming out

makudo - 15 May 2015

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