By ALICE NACHILEMBE
The Minister of Labour and Social Security, Brenda Tambatamba says that moving the National Health Insurance Management Authority (NHIMA) to Ministry of Labour and Social Security will necessitate a collaborative working relationship.
Ms Tambatamba said the aim is that the provision of quality, affordable and timely delivery of health services to the people of Zambia.
She said that the President has emphasized the need to work together to achieve the greater good for all.
Ms Tambatamba said this during a Courtesy call to her office by the National Health Insurance Management Authority in her office.
The Minister said that Government is behind time in putting in action the new Dawn Directives on improving health outcomes for Zambians as outlined in the UPND Manifesto quoted as “reformation of the national health insurance system to ensure the benefits of the system are available to all citizens”
She also said that this means that Government is moving towards a social health insurance scheme where the lower and middle income groups and those in the informal sector are gradually included on a reasonable flat rate.
Ms Tambatamba said that NHIMA being a new organization, operating under a new law, has many teething challenges including contradictions and lacunae in the law as well as other policy and functional barriers or gaps.
She has since encouraged the institution to come up with evidence based proposals on how to deal with such matters to ensure that there is smooth service delivery.
This is contained in a statement issued by Ministry of Labour and Social Security Public Relations Officer Joseph Chinyama.