Samwumed members rest easy

2016-12-08 06:01
 SAMWUMED’s Neil Nair and Medscheme’s Kevin Aaron during the official signing of their partnership at Samwumed Athlone offices.  PHOTO: MAndla MAhashe

SAMWUMED’s Neil Nair and Medscheme’s Kevin Aaron during the official signing of their partnership at Samwumed Athlone offices. PHOTO: MAndla MAhashe

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Samwumed members can rest easy knowing that their health benefits are in safe hands.

That was the reaffirming message from the health aid provider when they officially announced the extension of their partnership with medical aid administrator MedScheme last week.

This is an extension of a professional relationship that began in 2015 when MedScheme, one of the leading medical aid administrators, managed the hospital benefits.

The scheme has more than 80000 members nationally and its genesis dates back as far as the 1950s.

Neil Nair, principal officer at Samwumed, said the extension was the result of good results in the initial contract from last year.

“Through this partnership the scheme has already yielded positive results in the areas of risk mitigation and in skills transfer.

Given the positive impact of the partnership, the Samwumed board has agreed to extend its partnership with Medscheme to include its Medicine Management and HIV/Aids disease management programmes,” he said.

Nair added that the extended partnership with Medscheme will support the scheme’s philosophy of integrating patient care such that health care interventions are more holistically managed, thereby enabling a more cost effective and more proactive health care by the patient .

He noted that to ensure that their members are provided with proactive and compassionate intervention they appointed AfroCentric Health to administer the HIV/AIDs disease management. AfroCentric Health is a subsidiary of MedScheme’s holding company.

“One of the biggest challenges we faced when it comes to HIV/Aids management is the stigma attached to the diseases which leads to people not get getting tested and we are looking into encouraging people to go get tested so that if they are positive it can be managed,” said Nair.

Medscheme’s CEO Kevin Aaron said that they were proud to have been appointed as the care management provider and apart from improving the quality of the care they looking forward to the challenge of reducing the cost of the care.

He said that the their managed care services are designed to ensure that health care delivery is coordinated in the most efficient manner in order to facilitate care that achieve the best possible outcomes and service experience of members with the resources available.

“The Medscheme Vision of Building World Sustainable Health-care is thus completely aligned to Samwumed’s core purpose of improving people’s health and quality of life.”

“Medscheme is hoping to develop a true partnership with Samwumed where we leverage our collective strengths to radically transform the private health care funding industry in containing escalating health care costs, ensuring that health care outcomes are improved from a clinical quality perspective and widening the access to care so that ultimately the beneficiaries of Samwumed enjoy better quality of life,” said. Aaron.

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