Minister Parirenyatwa fails to break impasse

HARARE - Health minister David Parirenyatwa has failed to break the impasse between private medical doctors and medical insurers — something that spells doom for Zimbabweans who will now be forced to pay cash up-front when seeking medication.

After meeting Parirenyatwa on Monday, the doctors remained adamant, insisting that from July 1 they will reject medical aid cards since medical insurers are failing to remit funds to them.

The medical doctors claim they are owed an excess of $220 million by medical aid societies.

Through their representative organisation, the Zimbabwe Medical Aid Association (Zima), doctors said they were having problems with the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) as they were required to pay taxes even for money yet to be received from insurers.

“Yes, we met (with the minister), but we did not map a way forward. It is still work in progress and we shall continue engaging, as we are trying to work out how we can solve this,” Zima president Agnes Mahomva said.

“We are having marathon meetings... as it stands our position has not changed.”

Apparently, ignoring President Robert Mugabe, who on Sunday accused them of being mercenaries, the doctors said they want their situation sorted out first.

Mugabe said doctors should not focus on money but rather focus on saving lives.

Comments (2)

Ko iye anogoti vamwe ma mercenary, ko iye chii chaari kuitira nyika besides kupwanya pakavakwa nevamwe.

ndugu - 24 June 2016

Mugabe is not worried about the impasse between doctors and medical insurance because he is treated outside the country , Singapore , Malaysia, China etc kwanonopombwa. Vana vake vanozvarira out of the country. Mukadzi wake is treated out of the country. Not all animals are equal. Some are more equal than others.

paradzayi - 24 June 2016

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