Seeking clarity on the National Health Insurance Bill No 22
On the 15th March 2018, corporate leaders in the insurance sectors gathered to interact with the Ministry of Health and seek clarity on the proposed National Health Insurance Bill No 22, and discuss matters of common interest.
In the interest of promoting growth of the insurance sector, the event was sponsored by Prudential Life Ltd, a leading player in the Life Insurance space. It was facilitated by the Insurers Association of Zambia. The event saw a good number of industry CEOs, Managers, representatives of National Assembly and the Ministry of Health coming together. The Minister of Health was represented by the Permanent Secretary Dr Kennedy Malama, who was accompanied by Dr Anita Kaluba, Dr N Kamanga and Mr Wesley Mwambazi.
The permanent Secretary Dr Malama highlighted the needed for wider medical coverage in Zambia. In his presentation he pointed out that, "Only 3% of the population have prepaid schemes or health insurance, .6% of the total health costs in Zambia are covered by private insurance schemes and 12.6% are out of pocket expenditure." This National Health Scheme is meant to address this disparity. The National Health Scheme, which will be mandatory, will still leave room for private health providers to offer cover above and beyond what the compulsory scheme offers.
Questions were raised concerning the exact benefit packages that will be offered, the management of
the fund and the period for rolling out the scheme. The audience was assured that passing the bill was simply laying the legal framework for the scheme to be set up and other details need to be worked out.
About Prudential in Zambia
Prudential Life writes and transacts long-term insurance including individual life assurance, group life assurance, credit life assurance, funeral insurance, health insurance and managed health care schemes and annuities. Prudential Pensions Management Zambia is a provider of group pension scheme administration and fund management. Prudential has 10 branches and sales offices in Livingstone, Choma, Lusaka, Kabwe, Chipata, Kasama, Ndola, Kitwe, Chingola and Solwezi.
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