COVID-19 Leads To Spike In Respiratory And Spectacles Medical Aid Claims In Zim

THE Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ), which is the umbrella body for all medical aid companies in Zimbabwe says there has been an upsurge in respiratory and Eye related medical aid claims during the COVID-19 period. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a virtual meeting recently, AHFoZ Chief Executive Officer, Ms Shylet Sanyanga said, “In terms of the impact of COVID-19, we noticed that since the beginning of the pandemic and since the first case was diagnosed here in Zimbabwe, there has been an increase of respiratory related claims…

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Zim Medical Aid Companies Should Embrace Telehealth Post COVID-19- AHFoZ

THERE was a general decline in contributions to medical aid companies as well as delays in processing claims during the COVID-19 induced lockdown period amidst indications that most players struggled to process claims as they still rely on obsolete manual systems. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a virtual dialogue, Association of Health Care Funders (AHFoZ) Chief Executive Officer Ms Shylet Sanyanga said Medical Aid players have to think outside the box and prepare for future emergencies and also ensure they continue offering services even in the presence of global a…

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Gvt To Gazette Private Healthcare Services Fees

ESCALATING private healthcare costs have left Government with no option but to gazette fees for health services without foreign currency components. By Kuda Pembere In a speech read on his behalf by United Bulawayo Hospitals chief executive Nonhlanhla Ndlovu at the Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) All Stakeholders Conference on Health in Bulawayo on Thursday, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo  said his office would soon call for a Joint Advisory Council meeting to discuss the issue of people on medical aid being unable to afford…

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AHFoZ Endorses Forex Ban

THE Association for Health Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) has welcomed the ban of multiple currencies in local transactions noting this will regularize the healthcare supply chain. By Kudakwashe Pembere This move comes barely a month after AHFoZ told parliamentarians there was need to have a uniform pricing regime in the healthcare sector after observing how  healthcare providers charged in foreign currency at the expense of the majority which hardly has that money. The association  recommended the sole currency of the Zimbabwean Dollar or dollarisation. AHFoZ chief executive officer Mrs Shylet…

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Medical Aid Fees To Go Up By 400%

MEDICAL Aid Societies want to increase their tariffs by up to 400 percent at a time when healthcare costs are already unbearable for their members, the Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) has said. By Kudakwashe Pembere This follows a recent upward review by 40% and 30% of fees payable by AHFoZ members to medical professionals and private hospitals units respectively. “A number of the providers have also approached the association to submit requests for additional or new increases to the current tariffs for various reasons. The increases range…

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Medical Aid Fees Go Up

MEDICAL aid societies under the banner of the Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) have agreed to up the fees payable to healthcare service providers with effect from today (Monday 11 February 2019). This comes as private healthcare service providers last year moved to start charging their patients in United States   dollars. However, the increases, AHFoZ said, only apply to Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) transactions. According to a statement by AHFoZ, payments to hospitals have been increased by 30 percent. And those paid to all other service providers,…

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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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AHFoZ To Host ICD10 Training Workshop

THE Association of Health Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) will be hosting an International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Health Related Problems (ICD) workshop in Harare next month in a bid to improve understanding of technology and its use in the health sector in line with the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. By Michael Gwarisa The workshop will run from 14 to 15 March at Cresta Lodge in Harare and will see various delegates from within and outside Zimbabwe gracing the occasion. AHFoZ Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Shylet Sanyanga  told an…

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Illegal Sex Enhancing Drugs Flood Zim- CID

By Michael Gwarisa ZIMBABWE is under siege from Sex Enhancing drugs which are finding their way into  the country through porous entry points, a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) drug section officer Majaha Mukwananzi has said. He said this during the ongoing Healthcare Fraud Indaba being hosted by the Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHfoZ). “Sex enhances are becoming one of the major challenges in Zimbabwe and abuse of the these drugs has just gone beyond normal. “The drugs are coming in different forms, they can be in liquid form,…

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AHFoZ decries price hikes in pharmacies

By HealthTimes Correspondent The Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) has expressed concern over the huge increase in the price of drugs at most pharmacies saying this said could only worsen the suffering of patients. In a statement, AHFoZ, which represents the country’s medical aid societies, said over the past three weeks most pharmacies had increased the price of drugs by between 30 percent and 70 percent. This had resulted in huge shortfalls for medical aid society members. Some pharmacies, AHFoZ said, were rejecting medical aid cards and insisting…

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