Medical aid societies have justified the need for the recent price hikes. They have also said that the societies themselves risk going out of business given the rise in the costs of medicines.
Said Public Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) director, Tendai Kapumha to the Sunday Mail:
This increase which comes after the last review which was done in 2011, has been necessitated by a number of factors chief among them being the continued upsurge in medical inflation (notably drugs and pharmaceuticals) 200 percent, hospitalisation 100 percent, and general consultation 50 percent.
The Sunday Mail reported that interviews it held revealed that most people in Zimbabwe can no longer afford medical services. This follows recent price hikes as well as health services providers charging in US Dollars, a currency that most Zimbabweans do not earn.
More: The Sunday Mail