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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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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PSMAS Opens One Stop Shop Service Centre

ZIMBABWE’S leading Medical Aid  firm, Premier Service Medical Aid Company (PSMAS) has opened its state of the art service center at its headquarters which will improve convenience and service delivery to its clients. By Michael Gwarisa The service centre which is a one stop shop service facility, offers members a number of services ranging from card replacements, new applications processing, Health and Fitness services, payments among a host of others. Speaking during the Service Centre Media Tour, PSMAS Managing Director, Mr Tendai Kapamha said the service center was part of…

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Retailers, Mobile Phone Companies Invade Medical Aid Sector

ZIMBABWE Medical Association (ZiMA) secretary-general Dr Shingi Bopoto has raised concern over the increased proliferation of retailers and businesses in the health insurance services territory saying it goes against the ethics and expectations of the sector. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a CWGH hosted Post Budget meeting in Harare, Dr Bopoto said the biggest challenge in the health sector was lack of accountability and proper regulation and as a result, business were diverting their attention to offering medical aid and health insurance services at the expense of registered players. “If…

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CIMAS Card Loaning Offenders Face Imprisonment

By Michael Gwarisa ZIMBABWE’S second largest Medical Aid company, CIMAS has warned its subscribers to stop lending their CIMAS Card to relatives and friends following increased cases of card loaning for various reasons chief among them being the need to escape high medical services costs at both private and public health institutions. The development comes in the wake of increased cases of individuals who lend out their CIMAS cards to individuals who are not subscribers to the company’s medical aid services. In a statement, CIMAS spoke strongly against the move and…

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