By John Nhandara
GOVERNMENT says it is committed to strengthening provision of primary health care services for its employees through the Premier Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS).
This comes after recent media reports that workers at PSMI had downed tools citing delays in payment of salaries, while it was also reported that the medical institution has adopted a co- payment system in which every member of PSMAS is required to pay US$5 or ZWL1 050 before receiving treatment or services.
In that regard, the government has indicated that it is closely monitoring the situation at the Premier Services Medical Investment (PSMI) which serves about 90 percent of government workers, to ensure civil servants get primary health care services without any challenges.
In a media briefing this Friday, Public Service Commission Secretary Ambassador Jonathan Wutawunashe said government will ensure civil servants receive appropriate services from PSMAS.
“We have non-monetary benefits which our civil servants must enjoy and these include the PSMAS medical aid facility. We are working on strengthening this facility and it is not proper that our members with PSMAS cards be denied services,” he said.
Ambassador Wutawunashe said last year government contributed more than ZWL6 billion to PSMAS to ensure civil servants get health care services.
“Last year we contributed ZWL6,2 billion dollars to PSMAS. We have selected senior government officials to the PSMAS board so that they serve the interests of the civil servants,” he added.
PSMI is the largest private health care service provider in Zimbabwe, running clinics, pharmacies, hospitals and laboratories across the country.
Government contributes 80 percent of civil servants’ medical aid to PSMAS while the government employees contribute 20 percent.