- ZIMBABWEANS, PRESIDENT MNANGAGWA & ADVOCATE NELSON CHAMISA
Cost of dying goes up
- May 2, 2019
BY BLESSED MHLANGA/MtHandazo Nyoni
A NEW wave of price increases has seen hard-pressed Zimbabweans grappling with counting the cost of dying.
Funeral insurance companies, hit by a failing local currency, have joined the bandwagon by increasing premiums by 100% effective next month.
In a notice to its policy holders, Nyaradzo Funeral Assurance Company said it had no choice, but to increase premiums so as to preserve value.
“In order to preserve the value of funeral policy benefits, kindly note with effect (from) June 1, funeral policy premiums shall be increased by 100%. We shall communicate the same to all policy holders through SMS before May 1,” part of the letter sent out to policy holders reads.
Hard-pressed workers face this new hurdle to giving their loved ones decent burial.
Government, despite warning business against price hikes which President Emmerson Mnangagwa has described as “inhuman, unethical and unpatriotic”, has failed to stem the wave of price hikes.
Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) president Peter Mutasa said workers continue to be the easy escape route cushioning both government and business.
“Government and business look at the workers as their escape route. Now that business is falling on the sword of austerity and neo-liberal economics, they are cushioning themselves without increasing salaries. Government also just wakes up, increases taxes and forgets about the welfare of the workers, yet we have nowhere to turn to,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) says it has been approached by a number of service providers requesting for more tariff increases, barely three months after they were reviewed.
The increases range between 50% and 400%.
Recently, AHFoZ effected an upward review of 40% and 30% on fees payable by its members to medical professionals and private hospitals units, respectively.
In a statement, the association proposed that an urgent meeting of all concerned stakeholders be convened in order to find a workable solution so that patients continue accessing the required healthcare services.
“Medical aid societies have been receiving numerous complaints from their members and employer organisations over the increases in contributions (since) salaries are not going up,” reads the statement.
“At the moment, medical aid societies are still assessing the impact of these increases, as it is barely three months since their recent fees review. Judging from member feedback, another round of contribution increases so soon would be unaffordable for medical aid members, employer groups and health funders.”
AHFoZ said the prevailing economic conditions, characterised by liquidity challenges, among many other negatives, have not spared health funders either.
“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,” it said.
OUR LEADERS MUST FIRST, AS A CRITERIA ASSESS WHAT IS AT STAKE IN ANY GIVEN SITUATION AND EVALUATE WHAT COURSE OF ACTION IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE AND SECOND AS A JUSTIFICATION FOR DECISION TAKEN. THOUSANDS OF OUR PEOPLE ARE DYING EVERY DAY IN OUR HOSPITALS, THE COST OF LEAVING IS SKY-ROCKETING DAILY, OUR LIVES ARE BEING SHUTTERED DAILY IN EVERY WAY OR FORM YOU CAN THINK OF IN ZIMBABWE. OUR RALLYING POINT AT THIS JUNCTION AS ZIMBABWEANS SHOULD BE "NATIONAL INTEREST" NOT PRESIDENT MNANGAGWA OR ADVOCATE NELSON CHAMISA, THESE ARE MERELY INDIVIDUALS WHO WILL COME & GO. NATIONAL INTEREST REMAINS, IT RISES ABOVE PARTY AFFILIATIONS, IT RISES ABOVE PERSONAL PREJUDICES. IT UNITES ALL OUR ASPIRATIONS AS ZIMBABWEANS. NO ONE SHOULD DIE BEFORE THEIR TIME IN ZIMBABWE ANY MORE.
IF PRESIDENT MNANGAGWA AND ADVOCATE CHAMISA CLAIM TO BE GOD FEARING LEADERS THEN, THEY SHOULD PUT THEIR POLITICAL DIFFERENCES ASIDE AND TALK FOR THE SAKE OF THE SUFFERING ZIMBABWEANS AND AFRICAN AS A WHOLE.
WE UNDERSIGN, CALL ON PRESIDENT MNANGAGWA, ADVOCATE CHAMISA AND ALL OTHER INTERESTED STAKEHOLDERS TO SIT-DOWN AND COME UP WITH A QUICK SOLUTION THAT WILL AVERT THE LOOMING THE SOCIAL ECONOMICAL POLITICAL PROBLEMS IN ZIMBABWE.
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The DIALOGUE IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE DYING ZIMBABWEAN PEOPLE petition to ZIMBABWEANS, PRESIDENT MNANGAGWA & ADVOCATE NELSON CHAMISA was written by Marakia Bomani and is in the category Politics at GoPetition.