Medical Aid Coverage Drops Below 10 Percent

MEDICAL Aid coverage among Zimbabweans as of last year must have dropped from the previous figure of 10 percent owing to the continued economic decline  greatly reducing citizens’ capacity to spend and invest towards their healthcare. By Kudakwashe Pembere The Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) issued new pricing guidelines in November last year to cushion members against huge co-payments and shortfalls. The adjusted rates have prompted  members to either downgrade packages or drop health insurance completely. Responding to HealthTimes,  Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe chief executive officer…

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Prohibition Of Service Provision By Medical Aid Societies Challenged

CIMAS Group Chief Executive Officer Mr Vuli Ndlovu on Thursday vented his reservations on the Medical Aid Regulatory Bill prohibiting medical aid societies into service provision. By Kudakwashe Pembere With medical service providers lobbying for this move, the Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo has pushed for this bill to be approved by Cabinet. Speaking at an information campaign launch at CIMAS head office, Mr Ndlovu said he is against the prohibition part. “The next issue I want to say on the bill is the story coming out…

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CIMAS Launches Campaign To Demystify Medical Aid Misconceptions

CIMAS Medical Aid Society on Thursday launched an information campaign to address the stereotypes about medical aid societies. By Kudakwashe Pembere Dubbed ‘Secure With Us’, the campaign also seeks to increase awareness to their services along with steps taken to add value to them. CIMAS Group Chief Executive Vuli Ndlovu said the primary concern was to promote health of its members and ensure access to affordable quality healthcare. As part of our strategy to preserve and add value to the services that we offer we have restructured our medical aid…

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Forex Challenges Hamper Cimas Operations

CIMAS Group chief executive officer Mr Vulindlela Ndlovu says the volatile local currency coupled with forex scarcity detrimentally affect their operations which heavily rely on imports. By Kudakwashe Pembere He said this on the sidelines of the Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo’s familiarization tour of their laboratories. “We are basically here to allow our stakeholders to tour our laboratories and to show them what is happening here. And we are delighted that the minister could be the guest of honour today. He had a familiarization tour to…

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All Set For 20th Annual Board of Healthcare Funders conference

PREPARATIONS to the 20th annual Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) of southern Africa conference to be held in Capetown, South Africa form July 21 to 24, 2019 are in place amidst indications that the gathering will attract participation from most African countries. By Michael Gwarisa The conference is set to explore a future-focused approach to healthcare. The theme of the conference, Convergence 2030 – Healthcare reimagined, will reflect on the past 20 years and define the desirable future for healthcare systems for the year 2030 and the role of convergence…

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Cimas Opens Lafarge Manresa Clinic

CIMAS has opened a state of the art clinic at Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe’s Manresa factory to cater for the public health needs of Lafarge employees and the surrounding community. By Kudakwashe Pembere Officiating the event on behalf of CIMAS Chairperson Mr Luke Ngwerume, Mr Bart Mswaka said the clinic was open to members and non members and is one of their 12 clinics operating under their Healthcare Services Division. “Full credit must go to LaFarge whose brainchild this clinic is. A while ago, we were approached by LaFarge to go…

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Cimas Boss Dies

CIMAS Medical Aid Division Managing Director Mr Washington Madziwadondo died in a tragic accident on Thursday. By Kudakwashe Pembere Mr Madziwadondo according to eye-witnesses had stopped along Samora Machel Avenue for a chat with his friend “They were standing between their two cars. A truck hit his friend’s car into his and he was trapped between the two cars,”  the witness said. Cimas announced the death of the medical aid division boss. “We are heartbroken as Cimas on the untimely loss of the Managing Director of Cimas Medical Aid Division…

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A Closer Look At CIMAS’s Online Symptoms Checker Platform

SELF diagnosis around the world in forbidden as it could cause unwarranted conditions or even worse, that being said, the internet or Google should never be taken as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. By Michael Gwarisa However, increased internet usage around the globe has given birth to innovative ideas that could actually redefine the health sector. From mobile Apps that remind patients on their medication timetables to health and fitness applications, the sector is set for a total evolution. In Zimbabwe, Health Insurance provider CIMAS Medical…

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CIMAS Launches E-Claims Platform

One of Zimbabwe’s leading medical aid providers Cimas says the e-Claims platform will be activated by April 2018. Last week, the company announced its partnership with a local technology startup Health263 for an e-Claims platform in a move that will accelerate claims submission and payment . In a statement, Cimas Managing Director Medical Aid  Washington Madziwadondo said the move is part of the company’s thrust to solidify member security. “In line with our strategic objectives to improve and simplify service quality as well as strengthen member security, Cimas is pleased…

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CIMAS Introduces Health Insurance For Students Studying Abroad

ONE of Zimbabwe’s leading Health Insurance providers, CIMAS has introduced StudyMate, a specific student plan that offers a comprehensive medical aid cover for students outside their country of usual residence. By Michael Gwarisa The plan offers comprehensive medical aid cover for Outpatient treatment by general practitioners and specialists, Private hospital treatment and accommodation, Emergency evacuation and Repatriation of remains in case of death. “This is a summary of benefits on the StudyMate Package. For information that is more detailed including benefit limits, please contact HEALTHGUARD International or its nearest authorized…

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