The scenes at Parirenyatwa hospital in Harare were distressing. Seriously injured road accident victims lay bleeding on stretchers as hospital staff haggled with relatives over payment.
“We only accept cash. You must pay a deposit of sixty dollars,” said a cashier.
One distraught man negotiated in vain, explaining that nine people had died in the accident and his wife was one of the few survivors, who could die if not immediately attended to. The nurses walked away.
The hospital’s new policy of demanding cash upfront for treatment is replicated in medical facilities across Zimbabwe. As economic collapse looms due to poor government policies, service providers are demanding cash.
Zvishavane MP John Holder told parliament that it was ‘criminal’, especially for the for
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