Civil servants against health insurance scheme

HARARE - Civil servants say government should shelve its plans to introduce the National Health Insurance Scheme since it is struggling to meet its obligations at the Premier Service Medical Aid Society (Psmas).

In an interview with the Daily News recently, Apex council spokesperson George Mushipe said prevailing conditions are not ripe for the introduction of such a scheme which will further squeeze the already overtaxed worker.

Premier Services Medical Investment (PSMI) an investment arm of Psmas that runs clinics and hospitals has since January 2015 not received any remittances from government, whose workers make the bulk of the clients at the country’s biggest medical insurer.

According to the ministry of Health, the insurance scheme will allow more than 80 percent of Zimbabweans to access healthcare without the need to pay cash.

“Government has failed to remit contributions to Psmas as they owe them millions of dollars. How will they be able to do so for the national health scheme?,” Mushipe said.

He said instead of focusing on something new, government, through the ministry of Finance, should actually look for ways to clear the Psmas arrears first so as to enable its workers to access health care.

Government also failed to remit $94, 6 million owed to Psmas which means that Treasury must pay the medical insurer, more than $138 million most of which is for paying service providers and salaries for the 2 000 strong workforce at PSMI.

Problems currently bedevilling Psmas, which to a larger extent, have been caused by poor management and government interference, have resulted in many private doctors rejecting patients who use the medical aid.

Psmas facilities have also been left short-staffed as industrial actions are now the order of the day.

Comments (4)

National Health Insurance Scheme to fund ZANU PF thugs corruption excesses. I would wonder how many ZANU PF thugs skeletons are in National Social Security Authority. These are schemes providing ZANU PF thugs with funds to kill and oppress the same people who are contributing to these schemes. It is like going to the hangman with your own rope. Zimbabwe has gone to the dogs and baboons.

Zvichapera - 17 October 2016

lol dogs and baboons

Young Zimbo - 17 October 2016

Its very sad what is happening at PSMAS now when I compare it with the service that was provided in the late 70s and early 80s. It was one of the best medical aid societies and all civil servants were forced to join it on engaging with government. the government should simply pay what they owe and leave PSMAS alone to run its affairs. The likes of Cuthbert Dube and others who looted the parastatal should not be allowed to come any where near PSMAS. They are demagogues those guys who don't care about other people's lives serve their own. We are sick and tired!

Collet ''Deklerk'' Sithole - 18 October 2016

This crooked gang called gvt are just looking for ways to cut the salaries of gvt workers. On average a gvt worker was earning $450 before they started this evil programme. it started with the reintroduction of Nssa,then came the so called pension deduction, and now its NHIS. Whats all this nonsense. A simple deception disguised as something noble. Very soon theyll deduct funeral insuarance, pay as you earn, aids levy, drought levy and on average a gvt worker will be left with $200 and we'll be back to GNU salaries. LOL.

moscow - 18 October 2016

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