The Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) has revealed that drug prices have gone up by up to 70 percent in the last three weeks. Some pharmacies have gone as far as demanding payment in United States Dollars only. AHFoZ has said that it has engaged the Retail Pharmacies’ Association (RPA) to try and resolve the problem.
In a statement AHFoZ said:
The AHFoZ wishes to advise medical aid members that most pharmacies have increased the price of drugs by between 30 percent and 70 percent over the past three weeks.
Some pharmacies are charging huge shortfalls, while some are insisting on cash payments in United States dollars and rejecting medical aid cards as other payment methods such as by debit card Ecocash or bond notes.
It is our hope that this problem will be resolved urgently as drugs are crucial for recovering good health. Price increases or demands for cash at the point of service in the current environment where salaries are not being increased and hard cash is unavailable can only worsen the suffering of patients.