Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Doctors unhappy with cuts to NHIMA package


The Resident Doctors Association of Zambia has denounced the modifications that the National Health Insurance Management Authority (NHIMA) recently made to the National Health Insurance Scheme Benefit Package.

According to a public notice issued on the 30th April, 2024, NHIMA has removed spectacles, renal consumables, and other
important health services from the benefit package.

Association President Dr Mweushi Mphande has since appealed to NHIMA to consult other stakeholders to come up with lasting
solutions to the various challenges that are being faced by the institutions.

Dr Mphande said the removal of important services required by the Zambian citizens is not a solution.

He said NHIMA must recognize the broader implications of these amendments on Zambia’s pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and adherence to the guidelines set forth by the World Health Organization (WHO) in achieving Universal Health Coverage.

Dr Mphande said the Association further appeals to Government to consider alternative means of revenue generation for NHIMA such as the introduction of health taxes on all products and activities that pose a threat to health and channelling these funds exclusively to NHIMA while enhancing control measures on NHIMA accredited facilities.

“We wish to see a NHIMA that is able to respond to national pandemics, emergencies and other health needs for all Zambia citizens irrespective of social status. Furthermore, we request NHIMA to lreconsider its decisions on spectacles and renal services and embark on a path of genuine collaboration with stakeholders to chart a course that ensures equitable provision of healthcare services to all Zambians,” Dr Mphande said.

“We stand ready to engage in constructive dialogue and work towards solutions that
uphold the principles of fairness, transparency, and inclusivity in quality healthcare delivery. The Association remains steadfast in its commitment to safeguarding the welfare and professional integrity of medical practitioners and advocating quality healthcare for the Zambian people.”


  1. This has since been rescinded. Thanks to you doctors for standing up for the patients. A big bravo.

  2. NHIMA helped me with opthalmic injections which would otherwise have resulted in a loss eye sight. As a blind person, I would be a burden upon society. I hope Madam Masebo understands what “leaving-no-one-behind” means.

  3. Be realistic, even in America universal healthcare doesn’t include spectacles or dental care. These are luxuries that someone can buy if they want to. NHIMA should cover more important things like Cancer, new born babies and pharmaceuticals Only.

    • Iwe Lamek leka Ku pusa. Wait until you or your relatives need eye treatment. Especially vi bana vako. You are a selfish senseless soul

    • The ability to see clearly with the aid of glasses is a luxury?? You think people wear specs for fashion? If you have nothing sensible to say kindly shut the f up, please.

    • The thinking that everything universal must be Zambian is big drawback on development. If we Zambians have devised a system that goes sn extra mile to provide medical support to the majority, it is a plus! This is what is meant by “home grown solutions”

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