Min took $100,000 from crippled PSMAS

via Min took $100,000 from crippled PSMAS – NewZimbabwe 21/10/2015

HEALTH and Child Care Minister David Parirenyatwa has insisted that a $100,000 “urgent payment” to his firm by the struggling State health insurer PSMAS was above board.

Parirenyatwa is a medical doctor and the payment was authorised by health ministry principal director Dr Gibson Mhlanga when he was appointed interim PSMAS general manager.

The payment was made in May 2014 to Parirenyatwa’s private company CHEST.

According The Herald, Parirenyatwa was only owed $23,000 in claims for patients seen at his private surgery.

The minister however said there was nothing irregular about the $77,000 overpayment.

“It’s all above board. It is called capitation where a service provider can request an insurer to pay him more than what he is owed,” he said.

“This money would then be recovered through future claims to the insurer by the service provider. It is a common norm in the medical industry.”

The transaction was made at time other private doctors around the country warned they could be forced to close surgeries as PSMAS was failing to pay for services.

The health insurer owed service providers more than $140 million at the time.


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    chimusoro 7 years ago

    For Sure! Absolutely nothing wrong. All above board.

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    “capitation” – never heard of it.
    “its where a service provider can request an insurer to pay him more than what he is owed,” he said.
    wow – zanunomics – thats amazing. $100,000 instead of $23,000 owed

    decapitation – yes – more like that. decapitation of all the PSMAS members who pay their monthly contribution but do not get service because the minister of health has “capitationed” the money.

    this shameless behaviour by government ministers is dragging the nation into ruin.

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    C Frizell 7 years ago

    A crook, just like his father

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    amina 7 years ago

    capitation, the word exist in medical terms but the interpretation and application is wrong, unless the amount claimed were only of those who have a history of seeking medical treatment from Parirenyatwa health center. T make matters worse, why would Parirenyatwa as minister have such an influence, was such instruction taken to board approval, even if so, he is the one responsible for board appointment. Thus corruption, simple and clear.

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    Sickening. Should be thrown in jail. Just outright theft without any consience

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    Tjingababili 7 years ago


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    Zambuko 7 years ago

    The good doctor was one of the builders of our remarkable health service. The small over payment is nothing more than a grateful nation should happily concede. Really, all those who have justifiably, if sometimes unconventionally (the concept of illegally is moot), benefited from HE’s programs over the years will understand that, in the scale of thing, this is hardly theft. It is a mere bagatelle.