The Health Professions Council of Zambia -HPCZ- has called for the introduction of minimum standardised pricing of health care services.
Council Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Aaron Mujajati says lack of standardised pricing for health care and provision of medicines has contributed to exploitation of patients by some health practitioners.
Dr Mujajati said when patients seek private health care, they are prescribed with a lot of medicines and other medical tests which are not necessary but designed to extort money from them.
He said in collaboration with government, HPCZ wants to ensure that minimum pricing and practice standard are put in place in order to promote fairness and efficiency in health care management.
Dr Mujajati was speaking at the Zambia High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa when he paid a courtesy call on Zambia’s High Commissioner to that country, Emmanuel Mwamba, ahead of the health Orientation program with the Health Council of South Africa
And Mr Mwamba said the newly introduced health policy will help many Zambians access high quality health services locally.
He said the health insurance policy was already attracting interest from the private sector in South Africa to invest in Zambia.
The Zambian envoy disclosed that a number of insurance companies have approached the High Commission on the possibilities of investing in the health insurance sector in Zambia.
This is contained in a statement issued to ZNBC News today, by First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the Zambian high Commission in South Africa, Naomi Nyawali.