SA medical schemes are preparing for coronavirus - and you likely won’t have to pay

2020-03-06 09:03

The first case of coronavirus in SA was reported on Thursday.

OPINION: Medical aid regulator's stance on low-cost benefit options amounts to 'let them eat cake'

2020-02-15 08:00

Where does the regulator’s decisions on LCBOs leave the majority of South Africans who cannot afford private healthcare? asks Patrick Masobe.

Low cost benefit healthcare options no longer to be offered by medical schemes, insurers - regulator

2019-12-08 12:01

The Council for Medical Schemes plans to disallow low-cost benefit options for healthcare to better align offerings of medical schemes to National Health Insurance policy.

Medical schemes may have failed to address implicit racial bias, probe hears

2019-10-18 14:46

While medical schemes under the microscope were apparently "at pains" to avoid any obvious racial profiling in their systems and processes, attempts to be colourblind may have had the unintended effect of making it more difficult to address racial bias, according to expert testimony.

Private sector must help fix public health problems – Parliament

2019-10-02 07:00

The private sector has a role to play in helping government improve healthcare access, Parliament's portfolio committee on health has said.

Four big changes the Competition Commission just recommended to how medical aid works, including standardised benefits and geographic schemes

2019-09-30 11:57

Standard benefit packages (SBPs), geographically-defined schemes, and confirming every year you want to pay a broker are some of the big changes the Competition Commission has recommended on medical aid.

Medical aid scheme refuses to pay for local doctor's cancer treatment

2019-05-02 16:00

He’s used to giving life-changing diagnoses, but nothing prepared this doctor for his own cancer battle – or the fight with the medical-aid scheme that refused to pay.

Q&A: Government med scheme execs on NHI, medical aid & the future of healthcare

2018-11-11 07:45

Principle Officer of the Government Employee Medical Scheme Dr Guni Goolab and Chief operations Officer Dr Stan Moloabi share their views on the future of healthcare.

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.


A Discovery member just won a major case against the medical scheme – here are the implications

2020-02-18 11:06

Discovery Medical Scheme refused to cover the cost of a new type of eye stent – because it wasn't available at state hospitals.

Council for Medical Schemes: Why we are stopping low-cost benefit options

2020-01-26 10:14

They do not guarantee value for money, they fail to protect the interests of their members and are likely to drive them to access health care from public facilities due to their limited inferior benefits, writes Dr Sipho Kabane.

Govt's medical scheme spends almost R1bn to enhance benefits, including private hospital access

2019-11-09 11:20

The Government Employees Medical Scheme has reinvested close to R1bn to enhance benefits for members for 2020.

Discovery Health won't challenge Health Market Inquiry findings, says CEO

2019-10-04 13:24

Discovery Health's CEO says the company will not appeal the findings of the five-year probe into private healthcare carried out by the Competition Commission.

7 fixes the Health Market Inquiry wants for private healthcare in SA

2019-10-01 05:00

The Health Market Inquiry on Monday released its final findings on a probe that took five years to complete. Fin24 unpacks some of the recommendations of the inquiry to improve competition in the sector.

Health minister backs suspensions of officials at medical schemes regulator

2019-09-22 10:00

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize was updated by the chairperson and CEO of the Council for Medical Schemes on the status of probes and subsequent suspensions of officials at the regulator.

Private Healthcare Market Inquiry has cost R196m – Patel

2019-01-02 10:22

The Private Healthcare market inquiry conducted over four years cost R196m, according to Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel.

Motsoaledi says National Heath Insurance is about equality, not votes

2018-11-01 10:53

NHI is a proposed state-run health financing system that aims to pool funds to provide access to quality health services for all South Africans regardless of their economic status.

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.

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