The establishment of the NHIS was first mooted years ago with a view to achieve universal health insurance cover in Zimbabwe.
NSSA board chairman Robin Vela said coverage of the NHIS would also extend to the informal sector.
“Processes are in place to implement a National Health Insurance Scheme by NSSA during the course of the year, which will see all workers and their dependents being covered. Coverage will also extend to informal sector workers nationwide on a voluntary basis,” he said.
Statistics show that about 90 percent of Zimbabweans are not on medical aid which means the majority of the workers have to pay out of pocket for all their medical needs.
“It is therefore commendable that the Government has agreed to launch the National Health Insurance Scheme in Zimbabwe,” said Mr Vela.
He said the NSSA would at a later stage; partner the private sector to enhance the NHIS.
“We are talking to all interested parties so that we come in a collaborative manner to ensure the success of the National Health Insurance Scheme. It is not intended that NSSA wants to be the only health insurance scheme in the country; our intention is that it acts as a safety net in terms of national health insurance,” he said.
He added, “Beyond that, we will be welcoming the private sector to offer enhanced health insurance scheme.”
Several countries including Kenya, Ghana and Tanzania have national health insurance schemes.-New Ziana