As the health sector focuses on addressing the inadequate provision of medical services, stakeholders have called for transparency in the allocation of foreign currency to reduce speculative behaviour among service providers.

The ever-widening gap between medical contributions and affordability dominated the 50th anniversary of the Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) conference in Bulawayo.

AHFoZ Chairperson, Mr Stanford Sisya said it is now time to come up with low cost-effective solutions to alleviate health service delivery challenges.

“We need a transparent forex market where our providers can easily go and access it and bring in medication, bring in equipment. A transparent forex allocation will ensure that there is no speculative pricing of medical services,” said Mr Sisya.

AHFoZ CEO Ms Shylet Sanyanga noted that the bench-marking of medical premiums against the US dollar has seen medical aid card holders failing to access health services.

“We are in a situation where medical aid societies cannot match the contributions from funders simply because it is impossible for them to chase the exchange rate,” said Ms Sanyanga.

In the period from October 2018 to April 2019, medical aid societies recorded 1 584 deaths; an unwelcome development which has evoked an outcry for immediate intervention by the relevant authorities,