ARTICLES RELATING TO MEDICAL SCHEMES

Medical schemes respond to 'anti-competitive' findings of private healthcare inquiry

2018-07-07 10:45

The Competition Commission released a provisional report saying private healthcare was characterised by ‘disempowered and uninformed’ consumers, confusing medical aid schemes, and a lack of competition.

6 ways the NHI bill will affect consumers' pockets

2018-06-22 12:39

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi gazetted the NHI and Medical Schemes Amendment Bill on Thursday - and both will affect consumers' pockets.

New era for healthcare as Motsoaledi wants co-payments abolished

2018-06-21 14:54

Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi gazetted two health bills which will transform the health industry by ensuring access to universal healthcare.

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.

Medical schemes under pressure to keep hikes under 10%

2017-09-21 11:41

Two medical schemes, Bonitas and Discovery Health, have announced single-digit increases in membership contributions for 2018. Can other schemes do this as well?

Collaboration needed to combat medical aid fraud - experts

2017-07-30 17:52

Fraud, waste, abuse, and irregular payments within the healthcare sector are slowly crippling the industry, says the Board of Healthcare Funders.

What gap cover will and won’t pay for

2017-04-20 14:19

Many people who have a basic hospital plan and gap cover on top of that think they are completely covered. Not so fast, says Susan Erasmus

Debate heats up over NHI and medical aid schemes

2017-02-08 07:11

Private medical schemes stand in the way of the proposed National Health Insurance scheme and should be abolished, says the SA Health Professions Council president.

Medical aid benefits in the firing line again

2016-12-09 10:38

The Council for Medical Schemes has announced that the Health Department has not accepted its proposed revision of Prescribed Minimum Benefits, says Susan Erasmus.

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.

 

Discovery's profits point to 'competitive advantage', not market failure - CEO

2018-07-06 19:35

Discovery Health has responded to the Health Market Inquiry's findings, saying its high profits are the result of a competitiv advantage – not 'market failure'.

Impossible to calculate how much NHI will cost - Motsoaledi

2018-06-21 19:41

'It is the function of the government of the country to sit down and see where the money will come from' said the health minister after the NHI Bill and the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill were gazetted.

8 things you need to know about the National Health Insurance bills

2018-06-20 20:53

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is set to make public two bills on Thursday which could make universal health care a reality for South Africans.

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.

Would you pay a specialist R1 000 per minute?

2017-09-17 21:00

It’s time to curb excessive costs, before it kills both the private health sector and the country’s medical schemes.

NHI bill to come before Cabinet in November

2017-07-20 09:08

The National Department of Health hopes to have the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill before Cabinet in November this year after which it will be made available for public comment.

Medical scheme misery

2017-02-27 05:00

Mandi Smallhorne says her faith in the National Health Insurance is fading, because implementation in SA’s current toxic environment is unlikely to achieve its goals.

What to know about medical scheme members

2016-12-26 14:45

The profile of members on your medical scheme can have quite an impact on your contributions, benefits and the health of your scheme.

Cosatu: Medical scheme collusion killing South Africans

2016-08-26 15:23

Cosatu has accused the South African healthcare industry and medical schemes of collusion with regards to the availability of cancer screening tests.

PMBs: when should a medical scheme pay in full?

2016-03-29 12:04

Prescribed Minimum Benefits: must a scheme pay in full, at cost for these 270 conditions? The battle rages on, despite judgments in several court cases.

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