Medical Aid: Doctor held for fraud

2008-07-23 00:00

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) yesterday expressed concern over illegal activities, including defrauding medical aid schemes, by some of its practitioners.

This comes after the recent arrest of a Gauteng doctor and a pharmacist for allegedly defrauding medical aid schemes since 2005.

The HPCSA urges medical aid schemes to scrutinise claims from practitioners to ensure they are genuine. Fraudulent claims “lead to hikes in medical aid premiums, which hit consumers of healthcare services the hardest”, said HPCSA registrar, advocate Boyce Mkhize.

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