MAISHA Health Fund (Maisha Health) has introduced new comprehensive packages that will fully cover medical expenses for patients in Zimbabwe.
By Michael Gwarisa
The new packages are expected to ease the burden on patients who were being forced to cover shortfalls and make co-payments out of their pockets.
Cassava Smartech Chief Commercial Officer Mr Givemore Jojo said the group’s medical insurance arm, Maisha Health (formerly Steward Health), was now fulfilling its promise by unveiling an array of packages that give members access to more benefits.
We are excited to launch these new packages that address issues of shortfalls and co-payments, which are a major source of frustration to many people,” he said.
“Although the world is still reeling from effects of the coronavirus pandemic, we saw it fit to concentrate our efforts on enhancing health service delivery through video consultations and home delivery services of medication, in line with Covid-19 safety guidelines,” said Mr Jojo.
Maisha Health’s new packages insure members against shortfalls and co-payments when they seek medical attention and also provides them with additional benefits, such as free delivery services (of medicines) and free Covid-19 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and rapid diagnostic testing on admission at hospitals.
The packages will also see members access video consultation on the Maisha Medik App, among other benefits.
Maisha Health Managing Director Mrs Hazel Banza expressed confidence that the new packages will go a long way in helping many people in the country who are struggling to access decent medical aid service.
“We also have packages where corporates can set aside a fund that we manage on their behalf. The companies have the leeway to decide the amount of contribution per employee, and the waiting period. They also get a low-claims bonus,” she said.
Maisha Health recently introduced affordable medical cover for all through the Essential Heath Benefits (EHB) offer, which is accessible by simply dialling *147#.
Mrs Banza said existing packages will remain available to current members, who also have an option to upgrade to the new, enriched packages – without any waiting period.
The health fund currently provides medical cover to several corporates, individuals, schools and tertiary institutions nationwide. Its members enjoy access to a wide network of doctors, clinics, hospitals, pharmacies and labs nationwide.