Byo residents feel heat over healthcare fees

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FEES at Bulawayo City Council (BCC) clinics have significantly gone up in the wake of the approval of the council’s 2020 budget by the government.

The government approved the council’s 2020 budget effective February 1, which saw rates going up by 700 percent.

Under the new tariffs, basic consultation fees for adults have been reviewed from $5 to $96,41 while children above five years are now paying $72,30 for the same service, up from $2.

Doctor’s consultation fees for adults have been pegged at a staggering $421,77 for adults and $96,41 for children.
Expecting mothers now fork out $361,52 up from $30. Dressing wounds now costs $24,10 while suturing and removal of sutures is now going for $48,20.

Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (Bpra) secretary-general Thembelani Dube has described the new charges as a “war against the poor”.

“The new rates will cause enormous harm to low income earners including children, people living with disabilities, and senior citizens,” Dube said.

He said the association will write to council over the issue.

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