Our social development programs are too focused on welfarism and too little on healing the social pain that is overwhelming so many, writes Mamphela Ramphele.
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.
Discovery Health's mental health spend reached R2bn in 2016 with hospitalisation claims amounting to R32m more than predicted, says CEO Dr Jonathan Broomberg.
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.
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.
Just over 41% of medical scheme members in SA belong to restricted medical schemes. Here are some pertinent facts to know.
Some increases are almost double the CPI rate - check out yours in our table.
Momentum and Discovery Medical Schemes' announcement of average increases in contributions of between 10.2% and 11% has come as a shock for consumers.
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.
Discovery Health CEO Jonathan Broomberg blames costly premiums on private hospitals, inexperienced doctors and members who use more funds than they contribute.
The proposed amendments to the Demarcation Act clearly separate health insurance products from medical scheme products.
A key issue of the proposed Medical Schemes Amendment Bill is the impact on doctors, resulting from a proposed uniform tariff for healthcare services.
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.
A new initiative looks at making giving birth at private hospitals more affordable for moms without the finances to do so.
Thousands of South Africans are owed more than R10m from medical aid schemes, according to the Government Gazette. Have a look at the list.
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.
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?
Momentum Health denies sharing client data with the rest of its insurance business, as was claimed by the Council of Medical Schemes.
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.
Billions are garnered via unaccounted tax, making the tax burden on the public considerably higher than appears from official government figures, says an academic.
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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