National Medical Aid Scheme Key To Universal Health Coverage

THE long overdue establishment of a National Health Insurance Scheme is crucial in achieving universal health coverage as Zimbabwe explores various ways to increase domestic funding for patching up the bleeding healthcare delivery system. By Kudakwashe Pembere This was recommended during the Universal Health Coverage celebrations hosted by the Community Working Group on Health in Harare on Wednesday. This submission comes at a time when resources in the health sector are heavily constrained with doctors on strike on one end, as well as the obtaining deterioration of the country’s healthcare…

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MedTours Brings Convenience To Zimbos Seeking Treatment Abroad

MEDICAL tourism company, MedTours Africa have taken it upon themselves to facilitate smooth travel, hospital and specialist bookings for locals seeking treatment in India and South Africa in a bid to shield locals from falling into hands of fraudsters and con doctors. By Michael Gwarisa Services like dialysis, renal surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, orthopaedics and other complicated surgeries are hard and expensive to access locally but in countries like India, such services could be sourced at reasonable rates even after factoring in the flight fares and other costs. Speaking to…

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Health Insurance Cheaper Than Medical Aid In Zim

HEALTH insurance products on the Zimbabwean market are relatively cheaper compared to Medical Aid products. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, Insurance and Pension Council of Zimbabwe spokesperson, Mr Lyoyd Gumbo said even though the pricing of health insurance and medical aid products was reflective of the competition on the market, the former was relatively cheaper. “The available health insurance products being offered by the market are relatively cheaper compared to premiums being paid to medical aid schemes as the prices have been all inclusive to cater for…

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Its Legal For Banks,Retailers To Sale Health Insurance- IPEC

THE Insurance and Pension Commission of Zimbabwe (IPEC) says there is no law that barres retailers, banks or mobile phone operating companies from selling health insurance products since most of these players are operating as corporate agents on behalf of registered insurance companies. By Michael Gwarisa This is however despite the growing calls by players in the insurance sector for government and insurance regulator IPEC, to level the playing field as insurers feel the presence of banks, retailers or mobile players is threatening profitability and sustainability of traditional insurance companies. In…

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No Joy for Medical Aid Companies after Elections

ZIMBABWE’S two main political parties, ZANU PF and the MDC Alliance have vowed to cleanse the Medical Aid services sector soon after the elections amidst growing concerns that the firms are engaging in double dipping tendencies with most players reportedly running private clinics, pharmacies and other services outside their operating regulatory framework. By Michael Gwarisa The industry is facing a plethora of problems, chief among them the high cost of medical services, which has excluded the majority of the people. The industry has elevated the more expensive secondary care and…

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Nyaradzo to set up UK branch by year end

Nyaradzo Funeral Assurance Company has said it is targeting to set up operations in the United Kingdom by year end having, successfully expanded into South Africa as part of the group’s regional and global expansion drive. SOURCE: FINANCIAL EXPRESS The United Kingdom is the second biggest destination for Zimbabwean migrants, after South Africa. At the launch of the Sahwira International Plan (SIP), Nyaradzo chief executive officer Philip Mataranyika said the group’s expansion drive is now beginning to bear fruit with Zimbabweans abroad, particularly in South Africa, where people now have…

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