Chiwenga threatens to delist medical aid companies -Newsday Zimbabwe

He said the ministry was strengthening the regulation of private health insurance and medical aid companies.

BY TAURAI MANGUDHLA / VANESSA GONYE VICE PRESIDENT Constantino Chiwenga yesterday threatened to deregister wandering medical aid companies, accusing them of serious professional misconduct, non-compliance with regulations, including misuse of funds and violation of guidelines of corporate governance.

Chiwenga, who is also Minister of Health and Childcare, made the threats in a speech read on his behalf by the Minister of State in his office, Sibangumuzi Khumalo, at the 2022 Zimbabwe Annual Conference. Medical Association in Victoria Falls.

He said the ministry was strengthening the regulation of private health insurance and medical aid companies.

“We want them to stick to their mandate, which is to ensure that employees’ medical bills are paid in full and on time. In this regard, the ministry will not hesitate to deregister any rogue medical aid company,” Chiwenga said.

In 2018, Chiwenga sacked thousands of striking nurses in his capacity as superintendent of the government’s social services cluster, but the decision was later overturned.

Last year the Cabinet announced plans to regulate medical aid societies following plans to establish a medical aid society regulator.

In May this year, the Medical Services Bill was gazetted to regulate the operations of medical aid societies

The new regulatory body will report to the Department of Health and Child Care.

“We have instituted a forensic audit on some and we are still awaiting the findings of the audit. This way, providers, funders and members will be satisfied,” added Chiwenga.

The results of an audit instituted at the Premier Service Medical Aid Society are not yet out, while workers at Premier Service Medical Investments have called on the government to sack the board and its trustees for gross mismanagement.

“A number of policies and strategies have been developed and more are still being developed,” Chiwenga said, adding that public health surveillance and disaster preparedness and response would also be improved in the future. ‘coming.

Meanwhile, Chiwenga is set to open this year’s Health Donors Association of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) annual all-stakeholder health conference, scheduled for September 14-17.

Alpha Media Holdings, publishers of NewsDay, Southern Eye, The Standard, Zimbabwe Independent and Weekly Digest as well as owners of online radio and TV station Heart & Soul, are the media partners for the event.

AHFoZ Managing Director Shylet Sanyanga said last year’s event was also officially opened by Chiwenga.

Economist Persistence Gwanyanya will give an economic outlook and likely impact on the health sector.

Other speakers include World Health Organization Country Representative Alex Gasasira and outspoken Kenyan motivational speaker Patrick Lumumba, among several others.

AHFoZ was formerly the National Association of Medical Aid Societies (NAMAS).

NAMAS, formed in 1969, changed its name to AHFoZ in 2004.