HEALTH officers have been directed to ensure proof of a down payment of K3,000 before commencing treatment of foreign nationals.
According to a circular dated July 5 to all heads of department at the Livingstone Central Hospital signed by the medical superintendent Dr John Kachimba, foreign nationals should produce a GRZ receipt of having deposited a minimum of K3,000 before being attended to.
“This serves to inform you that with immediate effect before providing health services to foreign nationals, a minimum of K3,000 should be deposited into the hospital account and a GRZ receipt presented as proof of payment to cover for their medical bills after a service is provided,” he wrote in part.
“I, therefore, direct that you demand for proof of payment from all foreign nationals before any service can be provided. Please take this as official notification,” Dr Kachimba directed.
Livingstone Central Hospital has in the recent past seen an increase in foreign nationals especially Zimbabweans seeking medical treatment.