The Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) has expressed concern over plans by medical aid societies to hike tariffs by up to 400 per cent.
Medical aid societies increased fees by between 30 and 40 per cent just 3 months ago. AHFoZ released a statement on Tuesday which reads in part:
A number of the providers have also approached the association to submit requests for additional or new increases to the current tariffs for various reasons. The increases range between 50 per cent and 400 per cent.
This follows soon after the recent upward review by 40 per cent and 30 per cent. Regrettably, the contributing medical aid members and employer groups had to bear this increase.
Judging from member feedback, another round of contribution increases so soon would be unaffordable for medical aid members, employer groups and health funders.
The association would like to urge all medical aid members to carefully consider any alternative options that may be available with the assistance of their health funders when faced with difficulties in accessing services.
Medical aid subscribers are being asked to pay top-up fees whenever they visit doctors notwithstanding the latest tariff hike.