The National Social Security Authority (NSSA) says it will not be able to meet the first quarter 2018 deadline for the implementation of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) as a result of the need to re-consult stakeholders due to changes brought by the new political dispensation.
Late last year President Emmerson Mnangagwa, took over power from President Mugabe as he was forced to step down after a military intervention. The new administration has brought with it a new economic thrust largely bordering on transformation of health systems among other things.
NSSA chairman Robin Vela is however hopeful the scheme will be established soon.
“We are still making progress on the national health scheme. There are still few stakeholders that we have to consult and this has been necessitated by the changes in the political dispensation, so we have to consult again on the new principle,” he said.
“But we are still hopeful and believe that we are still able to establish it very soon although it may not be in the Q1 as initially indicated,” Vela added.
The establishment of the NHIS was first mooted years ago with a view to achieve universal health insurance cover in Zimbabwe.
According to Vela the scheme is not compulsory but will be inclusive. Statistics show that about 90% of Zimbabweans are not on medical aid which means the majority of the workers have to pay out of pocket for all their medical needs.
Several countries including Kenya, Ghana and Tanzania have national health insurance schemes. – Insurance24