The Government has introduced a voluntary medical scheme for public service workers following an agreement with the public service unions, Zambia Daily Mail reported Monday.
Employees and the government will be required to contribute 40 and 60 percent of the subscriptions respectively, said the report.
The government has signed a two-year contract with the Premier Services Medical Aid Society, which shall administer the voluntary medical scheme for the public service employees on behalf of the government with effect from Jan. 1, 2007.
Under the contract, Premier Medical Aid Society shall provide free plans of the scheme which will carry optional different subscriptions.
These will be guardian plan at a monthly rate of 25,000 kwacha (six U.S. dollars), excel plan at a rate of 45,000 kwacha and premier plan at a rate of 90,000 kwacha.
All these amounts will be shared between the employees and government according to the agreed upon percentages.
Those who opt to join the scheme have a choice of the three plans in accordance with their ability to pay, said the report.