It should be frowned upon for a minister or proxy to call a CEO of a state entity enquiring about opportunities for comrades, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
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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.
The Government Employees Medical Scheme has reinvested close to R1bn to enhance benefits for members for 2020.
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.
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 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.
The Private Healthcare market inquiry conducted over four years cost R196m, according to Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel.
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 Health has responded to the Health Market Inquiry's findings, saying its high profits are the result of a competitiv advantage – not 'market failure'.
'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.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is set to make public two bills on Thursday which could make universal health care a reality for South Africans.
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.
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.
The private sector has a role to play in helping government improve healthcare access, Parliament's portfolio committee on health has said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi gazetted the NHI and Medical Schemes Amendment Bill on Thursday - and both will affect consumers' pockets.
Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi gazetted two health bills which will transform the health industry by ensuring access to universal healthcare.
Cabinet has approved the medical schemes amendment bill, which will be published in the government gazette for public comment.
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