Psemas axes non-compliant pensioners

Members going into retirement must apply to remain on the medical 90 days before they retire. Failure to do so will result in membership termination.

16 September 2021 | Health

JEMIMA BEUKES







WINDHOEK

The government medical aid has removed over 15 000 retired members for failing to submit applications to remain as members at the time of their retirement.

This announcement was made by finance ministry spokesperson Tonateni Shidhudu yesterday.

Members going into retirement must apply to remain on the medical 90 days before they retire, and failure to do so will result in the termination of their membership.

The membership will also be terminated in the event the membership contribution is in arrears for three months or more and is not paid within one month of notification.

At risk of forfeiting

In a statement issued yesterday, the finance ministry said it has been established that some Public Service Employee Medical Aid Scheme (Psemas) members have withdrawn their full pension pay-outs despite knowing that their contribution to the medical aid must be deducted from this money monthly.

The ministry is, however, evaluating staff rules with relevant stakeholders to see whether it can salvage the situation.

“The ministry urges all staff members in the public service, especially those nearing the age of retirement, to acquaint themselves with the staff rules and regulations on Psemas to avoid forfeiting their medical aid benefits,” the statement read.

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