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NHIMA urged to address hitches

PRISCILLA MWILA
Siavonga
THE National Health Insurance Management Authority (NHIMA) has been urged to find ways of addressing challenges facing its members in accessing services from accredited health facilities to make the medical scheme effective.Public Service Management Division Permanent Secretary Boniface Chimbwali has received complaints from NHIMA members still having difficulties in accessing quality health services.Mr Chimbwali, who is also NHIMA board member, said some accredited health facilities are still giving out prescriptions to contributors to buy medicines anywhere instead of referring them to pharmacies under the authority. He was speaking during the opening of the NHIMA and public sector unions stakeholder dialogue meeting yesterday.“During our visits to various places, we have received a number of complaints from members concerning service delivery.“Some people are still standing in long queues while others are getting prescriptions [to buy medicines] despite having their [one percent] salaries deducted,” Mr Chimbwali said.He said Government will see to it that remittance of contributions to NHIMA is done on time to make the authority more effective in delivery of quality health services.Mr Chimbwali said it is only when NHIMA receives adequate financial support that it will be able to attain the goal of achieving universal health coverage.Civil Service Commission vicechairperson Hilary Chipango urged the unions and NHIMA to work together in addressing information gaps among scheme members so that they are not misled.Mr Chipango urged the unions to
use the Siavonga dialogue meeting to air their grievances and propose ways of making the scheme work better for the benefit of Zambians.Labour Commissioner Givens Muntengwa is confident that by the end of the meeting, NHIMA and CLICK TO READ MORE



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