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Minister Parirenyatwa fails to break impasse

By Bridget Mananavire

Health minister David Parirenyatwa has failed to break the impasse between private medical doctors and medical insurers — something that spells doom for Zimbabweans who will now be forced to pay cash up-front when seeking medication.

Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa
Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa

After meeting Parirenyatwa on Monday, the doctors remained adamant, insisting that from July 1 they will reject medical aid cards since medical insurers are failing to remit funds to them.

The medical doctors claim they are owed an excess of $220 million by medical aid societies.

Through their representative organisation, the Zimbabwe Medical Aid Association (Zima), doctors said they were having problems with the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) as they were required to pay taxes even for money yet to be received from insurers.

“Yes, we met (with the minister), but we did not map a way forward. It is still work in progress and we shall continue engaging, as we are trying to work out how we can solve this,” Zima president Agnes Mahomva said.

“We are having marathon meetings… as it stands our position has not changed.”

Apparently, ignoring President Robert Mugabe, who on Sunday accused them of being mercenaries, the doctors said they want their situation sorted out first.

Mugabe said doctors should not focus on money but rather focus on saving lives. Daily News