Hospital-Fee Hike Shock for Zimbabweans
April 25, 2006
The government-controlled Herald newspaper today reported that Zimbabwe's state-run hospitals have raised their fees by more than 3,000-fold. This follows last month's increase of more than 100 percent in the consultation fees of private doctors. Most Zimbabweans earn less that $8 million Zimbabwean ($80 US) per month, and many rely on the public health care system. With this latest hike, fees at public hospitals go from $300 Zimbabwean (less than one cent US) to $1 million Zimbabwean ($10 US). Those 65 and over, as well as people in treatment for HIV/AIDS, TB, and leprosy, are exempt from the increase. On Monday, the government announced that school fees for the new term are up by 100 percent or more. Zimbabwe's rate of inflation is 913.6 percent.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.