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ZCTU describes as unfair implementation of Health Insurance Scheme

Written by on October 29, 2019

By Raphael Mulenga in Kitwe

The Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has charged that it is unfair for government to start deductions under the Health Insurance Scheme at the end of October when such services are not being provided now.

ZCTU Deputy Secretary General Elastone Njobvu says ZCTU is not for the idea to start the implementation of the Health Insurance scheme adding that consultations were not properly done as many were not engaged.

Mr Njobvu says public service unions through the meeting had agreed to contribute through Unions a 0.4% while government would contribute 0.6% towards the health scheme and was not meant for the rest of the citizens.

He has further charged that the move taken by the ministry of health has potential to set a bad precedence to other ministries.

Mr Njobvu adds that it was an unfair to capture about 400, 000 public service workers out those in the informal and private sectors, when resources should have been put together if the health care system in country is to be successful.

Meanwhile, Mr Njovu said he is disappointed that deductions through the scheme start this month-end as employees will only start benefiting from it in February 2020.

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