Articles tagged 'medical aid'

Govt abdicating on its responsibilities 17 October 2018 HARARE - The government has stolen $220 from me. Yes, the very government mandated to provide me with a constitutionally-guaranteed right to health has failed me. I have a $220 hole in my home economics budget right now because I have been forced to source US dollars from the black market because...
Cimas accepting RTGS, FCAs 13 October 2018 HARARE - One of the country's leading medical aid societies, Cimas, said its members should continue to pay their contributions through payment modes made available to them by the regulatory authorities. This comes as other societies and health funders are only accepting payments in United Sta...
Medical aid to be paid in forex 10 October 2018 HARARE – Thousands of struggling workers are at risk of failing to access medical services after the Association of Health Care Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) yesterday warned that it will soon start charging subscriptions in United States dollars. AHFoZ represents all medical aid societies in Zi...
Pharmacies reject medical aid cards 7 October 2018 HARARE - Most pharmacies in the country are refusing to issue drugs  to patients on medical insurance, the main doctors’ association said yesterday, leaving thousands to pay cash. Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) executive director Calvin Fambirai said the economic down...
Govt recruits retired nurses 19 April 2018 HARARE - Government has begun the recruitment of retired nurses, following the dismissal of all striking nurses on Tuesday. In a letter addressed to all chief executive officers and provincial medical directors by the acting secretary for Health and Child Care, the recruitment drive is in ligh...
Health workers are underpaid, Parirenyatwa admits 23 March 2018 HARARE - Health minister David Parirenyatwa has acknowledged that health workers in Zimbabwe are underpaid adding that the current impasse between government and doctors is now being handled by “higher offices.” Parirenyatwa told the Senate yesterday that Zimbabwe needs to prioritise the healt...
Did First Lady's hospital visits mean anything? 23 March 2018 HARARE - The stance taken by health authorities to withhold salaries for striking doctors comes as a shock and huge disappointment. This is why. In the recent past, just after taking office after dislodging former president Robert Mugabe, there were reports that President Emmerson Mnangagwa...
High Court throws out Psmas members' query 4 July 2017 HARARE - High Court Judge Priscillah Chigumba has dismissed an urgent chamber application by Premier Service Medical Aid Society (Psmas) members to have the dissolution of the Psmas board included on the annual general meeting (AGM) agenda. Psmas members Maphios Siamuchembo and Eden Frank Mtam...
Corporate 24 moves to heal Cimas rift 29 April 2017 HARARE - Hospital group Corporate 24 has said it is willing to work with health insurer Cimas after an ugly $500 000 debt row that saw it demand its dues directly from the latter’s members. This comes after government gave the two parties a two-week ultimatum to resolve their dispute, which ar...
Parly demands probe into hospital deaths 30 March 2017 HARARE - Parliament has demanded an investigation into the death of a newly-born baby at Masvingo Provincial Hospital (MPH) due to alleged neglect by medical staff. The health institution’s staff is accused of reportedly failing to attend to a woman in labour, resulting in her baby’s death due...
'Slow govt procurement worsening drugs shortage' 18 March 2017 HARARE - The health ministry has expressed concern over government’s “slow” procurement system, which it said has become an obstacle in the fight to curb drug shortages. This comes as the ministry received $3,5 million Treasury bills in September last year before floating a tender for the proc...
Now BCG vaccine also in short supply 9 March 2017 HARARE - Thousands of newly-born babies face significant health risks after it emerged that the Bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG) vaccine, which prevents infants from contracting tuberculosis (TB), is now also in short supply. Although authorities denied yesterday that there was a major BCG crisi...
Health sector needs attention 1 March 2017 HARARE - It is not a secret that our health sector is on the deathbed, doctors are on strike and nurses have also issued a warning that they will follow suit if their working conditions are not improved. Nothing really seems to be working in the critical sector, a situation that should ring al...
New health law on the cards 2 September 2016 HARARE - Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa has announced that government is working on a new law which seeks to establish an independent regulatory authority to end disputes between medical aid societies and doctors. Parirenyatwa told journalists after touring the Sally Mugabe ...
AWOL minister Parirenyatwa rapped 18 June 2016 HARARE - Pressure is mounting on Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa — who has seemingly gone AWOL — to step up and resolve the intensifying tiff between doctors and medical aid societies. This comes as over a million citizens are set to be affected by doctors' decision to reject...
Probe detention of patients 14 June 2016 HARARE - Cash-strapped State hospitals are routinely detaining patients to press family members and friends to pay up —  sending a message to poor people to stay away. In government-run hospitals, there should be provisions meant to waive the bills for the poorest patients, but the policy is r...
Medical aid scandal 23 March 2014 HARARE - Shocking details have emerged that medical aid societies are discriminating against the ageing population, with people reaching retirement age not allowed to join any of the societies' medical aid schemes. This is in clear violation of the new Constitution which states in Section 82 (...