Health & Community

Shock As Medical Aid Trading In Gold

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By Zvikomborero Machirori

 

Health Minister and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga said the regulator of Medical Aid Societies has informed government and the PSMAS board that he has ordered a forensic audit of PSMAS to check if the society is operating properly and keeping with its mandate.

 

 

The vice president told journalist Tuesday governments remains committed to ensuring that PSMAS and PSMI remain viable because these institutions are key to the health force.

 

 

 

“The regulator of medical aid societies has informed government and the PSMAS board that he has ordered a forensic audit of PSMAS in order to satisfy himself that the society is operating properly and keeping with its mandate,” the health minister told journalists.

 

 

 

“While the await the outcome of the audit, government will continue to support PSMAS in order to enhance its ability to provide health care, maintain n credibility with service providers and in the process ensure that its workers get access to health care service.”

 

 

“Cases in point include in micro finance, buying and selling of gold, extending society beyond the borders and creating additional institutions that draw funds from the society’s core of heath care provision. This is the position of government and not isolated components of government.”

 

 

Vp Chiwenga went on to say that government has committed additional financial resources on a monthly basis to ensure the viability of PMAS and PSMI to deliver on their core mandate. The funds are targeted to retire the debt to PSMI and other third-party service providers.

 

 

“The Second Republic takes this opportunity to assure its workforce that Governments support for their healthcare needs remains intact and unwavering. In addition, effective measures have been and will continue to be undertaken to secure the character and viability of PSMAS which most of them depend on for healthcare services,” he said.

 

 

“Government supports each employee who chooses to become a member of PMAS by paying 80% eight percent of his or her subscription to the Society. An amount of US$5 million dollars equivalent to a month is paid by Government as employer contributions to PMAS. This translates to US$60 million dollars equivalent annually”.

 

 

Robert Tapfumaneyi