Pari Hospital hikes admission fees by 100pc

HARARE - Parirenyatwa Hospital has hiked admission fees by over 100 percent, with the hike sledged as “insensitive”.

The development has been met with widespread shock by patients and public health activists.

Announcing the decision through a memo issued on June 5, the hospital’s new finance director Mercy Sanzira said the new tariffs took effect on June 8.

“Please be advised that with effect from 8th June 2015, all medical patients admitted to the following wards will pay a medical fee deposit on admission as follows: ward C7/C8/C9 $140, C4/C5/C6 $185, oncology chemotherapy $50 and oncology radiotherapy $185, above five years $140,” she said.

Previously, patients would part with only $50 in admission fees.

Gerald Gwinji, Health and Child Care ministry permanent secretary, said although State hospital boards can come up with proposals, government has the sole mandate of approving new admission fees.

“They are yet to consult so it can’t be effective,” he said.

“It’s still to be considered because we have to take it to the minister because it’s a public institution. There should be that dual consultation. We will deal with it and find their reasoning and what services are involved.

“Whatever the case, no one should be sent away or denied whatever treatment.

“If a patient goes to Avenues, let him or her be denied but Parirenyatwa or Harare Central Hospital should be there for that patient.”

The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) described the development as a breach of constitutional promises.

“This calls for increased community pressure for reforms in the public health financing system as people are tired of being treated as pariahs by a health system that relies on public funds,” CWGH executive director Itai Rusike said.

“Promoting and protecting health is essential to human welfare and sustained economic and social development. No one in need of health care, whether curative or preventive, should risk financial ruin as a result”.

Rusike said with 90 percent of the 13 million population not medically insured and at least 80 percent unemployed, the hike was unwarranted.

Questions sent to Parirenyatwa about the new regime had not been responded to by the time of going to Press.

The Zimbabwe Doctors for Human Rights said the development calls the country to seriously consider the formulation of a comprehensive national health financing policy to achieve universal health coverage.

 

Comments (6)

Insensitive and elitist. This will drive access to health care beyond the reach of the unemployed 80 to 90%. Zimbabwe definitely needs to start working on a universal health coverage scheme now. Out of pocket payments (Ooppes) are already restricting access to basic health care for most Zimbabweans. Donot make it worse

Collin Mangenah - 12 June 2015

Healthcare for the sick, What about the sick in mind? They will suck your blood like ticks And your bones grind POVO, fill your quota Blood to mix the mortar Bone the cement Raw material for revolution We will revolve and revolve Spin the solution Who cares for healthcare? Your flesh for their welfare. In Asia, they fix everything In Africa, they twist everything. The revolutionary party Cares for you, hardly Who needs medicine, Who needs muti? You will die anyway, So better die for the party.

Doppelganger - 12 June 2015

absolute cluelessness of the ruling party.How many people can afford to save just a 100 $ per month given the current economic status quo and the high yielding nonsense of the poor delivery from the regime which has done just much to tarnish our glorious party.Please deliver us from further evils

carson macate - 14 June 2015

The gvt is making sure that we are poor and dead in every way! That way we get easier to control. look the tollgates, driving away vendors and stuff like that. It is their aim that we are poor in every way - that way we will be easier to control let alone to 'colonize'!

White - 16 June 2015

The ONLY thing that does not go up is my SALARY.

Jason Uys - 16 June 2015

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