DomestiCare ‘sustainable’, says scheme

2013-02-27 12:47

An affordable, private healthcare scheme for domestic workers is sustainable, CareCross Health Group has said.

The group said in a statement it had been providing low-cost healthcare to lower and middle-income workers since 1998.

Joburg daily The Star reported yesterday that the SA Domestic Services and Allied Workers’ Union had raised concerns that only a healthcare plan devised by the health department would adequately serve the needs of domestic workers.

CareCross said its newly launched DomestiCare, which was aimed at domestic workers, was based on a model it had been running for six years.

Unlike pension schemes, which require lifelong commitment, the DomestiCare product had immediate benefits and did not depend on long-term employment.

DomestiCare was not linked to the state and was not compulsory, but could bridge the gap between private sector health providers and low-wage domestic workers.

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