Breaking News

Hospital engages debt collectors to recover money owed by patients

by Midlands Correspondent
07 February 2013 | 3061 Views
GWERU Provincial Hospital has enlisted the services of debt collectors in an effort to recover more than $500 000 it is owed by patients, an official has said.

In an interview yesterday, the hospital's medical superintendent, Dr Fabian Mashingaidze said the majority of patients who owed the health institution were mothers who would have just given birth.

He said the majority of patients were being discharged from hospital before settling their bills resulting in the hospital accruing $500 000 in unpaid bills.

"The majority of our patients have not been paying anything for their treatment and admission to the hospital. We are now owed more than $500 000 by our patients, who have just been walking into the hospital to receive treatment and leaving without paying anything.

"Some of the patients in arrears are delivering mothers and other patients who would have been admitted to our hospital," he said.

Dr Mashingaidze said the hospital was now sending letters to patients, who owed the institution, reminding them of their obligation to pay.

He, however, said the exercise was having very little effect.

Dr Mashingaidze said the hospital has engaged debt collectors in a bid to recover its money from patients.

"We have since advertised in the press indicating that we are seeking the services of debt collectors, as we feel our clients are not willing to pay. We normally do not want to engage debt collectors, as we want our clients to come up with payment plans, but all our previous efforts to try and persuade them to pay were not bearing any fruits," he said.




Dr Mashingaidze said the institution was struggling to restock its drugs and repair some of the equipment owing to some financial constraints.

"Gweru Provincial Hospital is a referral hospital for the Midlands Province and obviously we need to make sure that our equipment is serviced every now and then. We also need to keep checks on drug stocks, but if we are owed something above $500 000, as is the case, it becomes very difficult to operate," he said.

Hospital Debt collectors Patients

Source: TC

Should airtime and street vendors pay the $1 a day State levy?

Yes
11.63%
No
81.98%
Desperation
6.39%
877

Comments

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

'I am looking for Sidanile and Nkosilathi Nyathi' - WhatsApp update - ...

by Gervasio Tshuma | 01 September 2014 | 429 Views

Shame on you! - We are living on precious time. The young Zimbabwean ...

by Tafadzwa Murwisi | 01 September 2014 | 1012 Views

Six injured in road accident - Pictures - Six people were reportedly i...

by Staff reporter | 01 September 2014 | 1583 Views

'New Zimbabwe' by 2018 - The year is 2018 and the spotlight is on a sm...

by Obert Gutu | 01 September 2014 | 1953 Views

Mugabe raps Zanu-PF Harare leadership - President Robert Mugabe has sl...

by Staff reporter | 01 September 2014 | 1243 Views

Australia's shock one-day defeat to Zimbabwe raise alarm bells - Melbo...

by Reuters | 01 September 2014 | 1197 Views

Mthwakazi does not need sympathy from Zimbabweans - Editor,The recentl...

by David Magagula | 01 September 2014 | 1519 Views

Zimbabwe Chief Justice's offices burgled - Unknown people broke into C...

by Staff reporter | 01 September 2014 | 1492 Views

'I'm in control,' says Mugabe - President Robert Mugabe has stamped au...

by Staff reporter | 01 September 2014 | 3712 Views

'Mugabe's octopus grip on power has impoverished Zimbabwe' - MDC-T lea...

by Staff reporter | 01 September 2014 | 1177 Views

Avenging spirit kills 20 family members in 2 years

by Danisa Masuku | 01 September 2014 | 4227 Views

Sister attempts to bed brother

by Chido Macherenje | 01 September 2014 | 4735 Views

Marriage collapses as uncle sends married niece explicit pictures

by Staff reporter | 01 September 2014 | 4980 Views

Brutal attack over missing foreskins - AN action-packed drama reported...

by Staff reporter | 01 September 2014 | 2757 Views

Man displays 'girlfriend's' picture in matrimonial bedroom - A MADLY i...

by Staff reporter | 01 September 2014 | 3568 Views

Drama as man breaks woman's leg for dancing with another man - HELL ha...

by Michael Magoronga | 01 September 2014 | 2630 Views

Haulage truck accident survivors speak out - TWO passengers who surviv...

by Staff Reporter | 01 September 2014 | 2222 Views

Meet the new Miss Gweru

by Sukoluhle Ndlovu | 01 September 2014 | 1595 Views

Stillborn baby goes missing from hospital - A STILLBORN baby reportedl...

by Danisa Masuku | 01 September 2014 | 1563 Views

Uncle rapes pregnant new bride - INSTEAD of ensuring her niece's safet...

by Michael Magoronga | 01 September 2014 | 3160 Views

'Ngidinga izihlobo zakithi' - jhb south Africa 2014-08-22 19:13:38Mina...

by Thabani Dlamini | 01 September 2014 | 1565 Views

Mugabe returns from China with a bag of secretive agreements

by Staff reporter | 01 September 2014 | 2488 Views

Gono mysteriously travelled to US while under US travel embargo

by Staff reporter | 01 September 2014 | 3433 Views

Rapist claims he owns teen victim's privates

by Auxilia Katongomara | 01 September 2014 | 2291 Views

Robert Mugabe, a victim of Zanu-PF lies

by Staff reporter | 01 September 2014 | 1893 Views

Man defrauds Ecocash agents

by Staff Reporter | 01 September 2014 | 2676 Views

San language lobbyist Banini Moyo dies - SAN language lobbyist Moffatt...

by Staff Reporter | 01 September 2014 | 1552 Views

Indian cyclist on world tour to raise awareness on Aids arrives in Zimbabwe

by Staff Reporter | 01 September 2014 | 951 Views

Woman claims maintenance from two men for upkeep of daughter

by Staff Reporter | 01 September 2014 | 1847 Views

Entertainment

ZBC receives TV programmes from South Korea - The Korean Ambassador to...

by Staff Reporter | 29 August 2014 | 2171 Views

Roki cancels SA show

by Sophia Chese | 29 August 2014 | 1925 Views

Zimbabwe Got Talent on the cards - CHINESE Federation of Zimbabwe (CFZ...

by Staff reporter | 28 August 2014 | 1649 Views

Tuku to Deliver Inaugural Hugh Masekela Lecture

by Staff Reporter | 28 August 2014 | 2139 Views

Controversy over Bev's album - Newly-appointed Msasa Bricks Ambassador...

by Staff reporter | 27 August 2014 | 2580 Views

Viewers slam 'sub-standard' ZBCtv program - VARIOUS ZBCtv viewers have...

by Staff reporter | 27 August 2014 | 2539 Views

John Legend cancels Zimbabwe show

by Showbiz Reporter | 27 August 2014 | 4843 Views

Macheso's yet to be released album sold on Harare streets - Pirates ha...

by Staff reporter | 26 August 2014 | 3832 Views