ARTICLES RELATING TO MEDICAL AID

Council for Medical Schemes says inquiry will probe bullying, 'use of hidden cameras'

2019-06-11 10:40

Allegations around bullying, coercion and the "use of hidden cameras" will be included in an upcoming probe into allegations of racial profiling against black and Indian private medical practitioners by medical aids.

Amid a tough six months, Netcare saw a surge in patients with mental illnesses

2019-05-13 14:52

“Growth in demand for mental health services is expected to remain strong.”

Scrap medical aid tax rebates, better working hours for doctors, and 9 other key proposals from the Presidential Health Summit

2019-02-13 19:05

A major review released by health minister Aaron Motsoaledi says there is unanimous support for the principles of National Health Insurance (NHI) from stakeholders.

Your guide to medical aid and insurance costs

2018-11-07 09:57

Protecting your health and buying insurance products for life’s unexpected events can become expensive and complex. finweek provides handy pointers that will help you ask the right questions before you decide to change, cancel or upgrade any of these products.

Are you downplaying the likely cost of healthcare in your retirement?

2018-09-29 08:00

People saving for retirement often underestimate the impact of future healthcare costs on their later income, warns an expert.

Why SA needs to discipline the private healthcare industry

2018-07-27 10:42

Debates around South Africa's health market inquiry must remember that not all proposals for regulating private economic activity are an attack on the market, says Steven Friedman.

Myths about hospital cash plans

2018-07-11 18:32

Despite the increasing popularity of hospital cash plans, some consumers are still not maximising this benefit due to misconceptions, says the CEO of FNB Life.

Motsoaledi not out ‘to destroy the private health sector’

2018-06-22 12:09

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi wants SA's medical scheme beneficiaries to get immediate relief from 'the serious challenges experienced in the current medical aid regime'.

Cabinet approves bill to regulate medical schemes

2018-05-24 18:31

Cabinet has approved the medical schemes amendment bill, which will be published in the government gazette for public comment.

In 2017 medical aids lost at least R300 million to fraud. Medical professionals who overcharged paid 0.05% of that in fines – and kept working

2018-03-26 06:45

A total of R145,000 in fines for claiming excessive fees – and sometimes for treatment that never happened.

 

Council for Medical Schemes announces probe into racial profiling

2019-05-20 12:35

The council, which regulates private health financing via medical aid schemes, has launched a probe into claims of racial profiling against black and Indian private medical practitioners.

Bonitas: Inspection does not affect our members directly

2019-02-25 19:59

Bonitas' Principal Officer Gerhard Van Emmenis says that an inspection into the medical fund is still ongoing.

Two women who just felt like wiping strangers' medical debt worth R21 million remind us of other cheerful givers

2018-12-06 18:24

Many of us have been blessed by a person who has helped us in a desperate time of need, evidence that good Samaritans still exist.

Medical schemes paid out R160.6bn during 2017, mostly for hospital care – report

2018-10-18 22:19

The Council for Medical Schemes, a regulatory body for medical schemes, on Thursday issued its annual report for 2017/18.

NHI will 'nationalise' healthcare - Free Market Foundation

2018-08-16 06:45

The Free Market Foundation says while universal health coverage is a good idea, the need for NHI is questionable.

Salaries not keeping up with medical aid increases

2018-07-20 09:58

The cost of medical aids has spiked faster than salaries have grown over the years, according to a survey.

Unions welcome new healthcare laws – with a laundry list of concerns

2018-06-22 15:02

Unions and labour federations have broadly welcomed the release of the NHI Bill and the Medial Schemes Amendment Bill, but concerns about implementation persist.

Looking for medical aid gap cover? These are the top options

2018-06-01 08:32

Are you looking for gap cover? A recent survey revealed the top gap cover providers in South Africa, making it easier to choose one.

Medical aid providers clamp down on fraud

2018-03-26 21:00

Statistics show that about 10% to 15% of all medical claims are fraudulent, abusive or wasteful, adding R22bn in expenses to the R150bn private healthcare industry.

These are some of South Africa's most brazen medical aid scams and schemes

2018-03-23 07:22

Sheep for medicine, and R187,000 per hour for specialist services rank high – but most of the unusual claims aren't definite fraud.

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