ARTICLES RELATING TO MEDICAL AIDS

Sleep-deprived South Africans cost the economy billions

2019-02-26 07:00

Sleep-deprived South Africans are costing the economy billions, with lack of sleep linked to 15 leading causes of death, a recent study has found.

REVEALED: The mental illnesses costing SA billions

2017-07-26 05:00

Discovery Health's mental health spend reached R2bn in 2016 with hospitalisation claims amounting to R32m more than predicted, says CEO Dr Jonathan Broomberg.

Fraud costs private healthcare R22bn - SIU

2017-07-18 13:11

At least 7% of all medical claims in South Africa are fraudulent, with the total fraud costs in the private healthcare system estimated at R22bn each year.

Strangled by your medical scheme contribution?

2017-03-27 05:02

It’s not just the January crunch as increasingly more people complain about managing monthly expenses. Here are the options if it’s the medical scheme getting the chop.

Restricted medical schemes in SA: 15 facts you need to know

2017-01-13 05:31

Just over 41% of medical scheme members in SA belong to restricted medical schemes. Here are some pertinent facts to know.

Medical scheme hikes

2016-10-18 12:52

Some increases are almost double the CPI rate - check out yours in our table.

Sharp increases for medical scheme members

2016-09-26 07:13

Momentum and Discovery Medical Schemes' announcement of average increases in contributions of between 10.2% and 11% has come as a shock for consumers.

How SA consumers rate medical aids

2016-06-23 07:05

The health insurance industry is seeing a change in the leading brand for the first time in three years, according to the South African Customer Satisfaction Index.

Why medical aid is so expensive

2016-03-08 13:38

Discovery Health CEO Jonathan Broomberg blames costly premiums on private hospitals, inexperienced doctors and members who use more funds than they contribute.

Clear separation between medical insurance and medical schemes

2015-12-03 10:24

The proposed amendments to the Demarcation Act clearly separate health insurance products from medical scheme products.

 

Fears new medical aid law changes may cause 'doctor drain'

2018-05-30 13:55

A key issue of the proposed Medical Schemes Amendment Bill is the impact on doctors, resulting from a proposed uniform tariff for healthcare services.

Medical schemes slammed for shunning SA's mentally ill

2017-07-18 18:20

Mental healthcare in South Africa is in a sickly state with medical aid members continuing to face prejudice and discrimination by schemes, says an industry expert.

Affordable maternity care for moms without medical aid

2017-06-28 12:54

A new initiative looks at making giving birth at private hospitals more affordable for moms without the finances to do so.

R10m unclaimed: Are you on the list?

2017-02-03 19:18

Thousands of South Africans are owed more than R10m from medical aid schemes, according to the Government Gazette. Have a look at the list.

15 facts you should know about open medical schemes

2017-01-10 05:01

How much do you really know about the inner workings of your medical scheme? Here are some quick facts on open medical schemes in SA.

Your medical scheme’s reserves could be costing you money

2016-09-27 10:46

By law your medical scheme needs to have 25% of all annual contributions in reserve. But is this really necessary, and is it making your contribution increases skyrocket?

Client data not shared among schemes - Momentum

2016-08-19 10:35

Momentum Health denies sharing client data with the rest of its insurance business, as was claimed by the Council of Medical Schemes.

Revealed: Discovery Health's top fraudulent medical aid claims

2016-06-02 12:23

Doctors providing fraudulent sick notes to members and then claiming for a consultation is just one of the scams uncovered by Discovery Health, CEO Dr Jonathan Broomberg tells Health24.

How South Africans fork out billions in ‘taxes’ collected by stealth

2016-02-22 12:52

Billions are garnered via unaccounted tax, making the tax burden on the public considerably higher than appears from official government figures, says an academic.

Collusion to defraud medical aids increasing

2015-11-23 15:06

The Bonitas Medical Fund has a new plan to tackle the prevalence of healthcare fraud, including increasing collusion between medical aid members and healthcare providers.

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