Premier Service Medical Aid Society

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Premier Service Medical Aid Society
Trading name
Premier Service Medical Aid Society
Type
Government
IndustryHealth Services
Founded1930 (1930)
Headquarters47 George Silundika Avenue Harare, Harare, Zimbabwe
Websitewww.psmas.co.zw/PSMAS_Our_Branches.php
Footnotes / references
Office Hours
Mon - Fri 0800 hrs - 1530 hrs
Sat 0800 hrs - 1130 hrs
Sun & Public Holidays CLOSED
Contact Number Tel: 263-4-705186/8, 702153/4, 793186/7, 791816, 791822, 798122, 706336.

Premier Service Medical Aid Society(PSMAS)is the largest and most experienced health service provider and medical society in Zimbabwe.

Founding and History

It began operations in 1930 after a directive from the Public Service Association. In November the same year members started to be recruited. Its membership has rose from 250 in 1931 to over 40 000 in the 1990s.[1] Running under the motto 'we value your health', the medical aid offers plans and benefits to civil servants, students and the private sector.

Branches

The society has over 11 branches in all major towns and cities around the country.

Controversy

In January 2014 Cuthbert Dube who had been at the helm of the organization since 1992 and the former board chairperson Meisie Makelesto were fired following revelations that Premier Service Medical Aid Society(PSMAS) top management was getting at least US $1 million in basic monthly salaries. The exposure incited the ire of civil servants who were not getting proper treatment from the service provider. The expose came at a time when PSMAS was failing to pay US $38 million in services provided to its members.[2] Dr Dube alone was paying himself US $230 000 per month.

Dube Lawsuit Against PSMAS

Following his dismissal from the organisation, Dube sued his former employer. Dube in April 2015 won a $3 million arbitral award against the embattled medical aid society and sought to have it registered as a court order at the High Court, arguing he was still entitled to his monthly salary and benefits backdated to January 2014. Through his lawyer Jonathan Samukange, Dube filed the two applications under case number HC3461/15 against Premier Service Medical Investment (PSMI) for $2 070 000 and case number HC3462/15 against PSMAS for $1 380 000, bringing his total claims to $3 450 000.[3] However, after the judgement, PSMAS was still in a defensive position hoping to reverse the judgement.

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References

  1. PSMAS through the years
  2. PSMAS fires Cuthbert Dube, The Herald, Published: January 28, 2014, Retrieved July 02, 2014
  3. , Dube wins $3,4m salary case against PSMAS,NewsDay, published:21 Apr 2015,retrieved:23 Apr 2015"