AHFoZ Conference on Health slated for September

The Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) will host its Annual “All Stakeholders Conference on Health”,  from 4-7 September 2024, at the Elephant Hills Resort in Victoria Falls. This prestigious event will bring together medical aid societies, healthcare professionals, policymakers, suppliers, medical aid member representatives, and all stakeholders from across the country and beyond, to discuss and explore strategies for improving healthcare outcomes. Under the theme “Zooming in on our Healthcare Outcomes: Making the main thing the main thing,” the conference aims to highlight the importance of focusing on…

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Medical Aid Industry Representative Body Optimistic About Zig Currency

By Michael Gwarisa The Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ), the representative body for the medical aid industry in the country, has thrown its weight behind the newly introduced Zimbabwe Gold (Zig). The new endorsement comes in the wake of mixed reactions following the introduction of the currency, with some players in the medical aid industry raising fears around the sustainability and continuity of the Zig currency since it was launched through a Statutory Instrument (Statutory Instrument 60 of 2024), which in most cases has a shorter shelf life.…

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Zimbabweans value funeral cover more than Medical Aid…Only 11 Percent Zimbabweans Have Medical Aid

The loss in value in the local currency to the greenback, has forced several Zimbabwean medical aid policyholders to terminate medical aid policies while some are resorting to removing some beneficiaries from cover as a survival strategy. By Michael Gwarisa These developments come at the back of revelations that a few Zimbabweans are currently under medical aid cover and yet, more people have up-to-date funeral policy coverage. A study that was conducted by Finmark Trust and published by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) revealed that just 30 percent of…

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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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