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Disability claims hit assurers

A spike in disability claims has hit the profits of all SA's life assurers hard over the past year, because of the economic downturn and a change to tax rules...

14 Mar 2017

Health insurance gets a two-year breather

Primary healthcare insurance products under threat from proposed regulations have been given a two-year exemption lifeline...

7 Mar 2017

Final demarcation regulations on medical cover published

The final demarcation regulations governing medical gap cover, hospital cash plans and primary healthcare policies have been published...

By Pericles Anetos 11 Jan 2017

Sugar tax: Thousands 'might lose their jobs'

The proposed sugar tax will leave a sour taste in the beverage industry, which says it believes that the resultant drop in sales will result in thousands of job losses...

By Katharine Child 12 Aug 2016

Major legal changes in health care

There are four key legislative areas, which will be significant in the industry this year...

23 Feb 2016

New Discovery projects slow earnings

Insurer Discovery expects to unveil its lowest growth in earnings yet when it reports its results for the half-year to end December next week. Shares in the group fell more than 5%...

By Moyagabo Maake 18 Feb 2016

Schools not usually insured for children's' injuries

Amongst the 11-million children going to school this month, many will participate in various sports in the hope of becoming the new national sports heroes...

26 Jan 2016

Rights of medical aid members to dispute scheme's refusal of benefits

Where a member is of a view that a particular decision by a medical scheme is unfair or contrary to the rules of the scheme, that member has certain rights available in order to deal with that decision...

By Neil Kirby 11 Dec 2015

Difficulties associated with promoting a health clinic online

Every business needs to have an online presence, and this includes health clinics. However, it's important to understand the difficulties associated with promoting any health clinic on the internet since it is not as easy as you may think...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 1 Dec 2015

Momentum Health placed second in TopBrands survey

Momentum Health's client-centric approach largely contributed to South African consumers placing it second in the Sunday Times TopBrands survey...

28 Aug 2015

Backing for NHI concept

South Africa's decision to implement the National Health Insurance has been endorsed by global health economists in a landmark report released in London on Tuesday, 3 December 2013.

4 Dec 2013

More cash for varsity research

Scientists tackling South Africa's biggest diseases have received a multimillion-rand boost thanks to the Medical Research Council and the Treasury.

1 Nov 2013

Alzheimer's - it's about caring and planning

Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia and can affect anyone, as it's not associated with any particular race, gender or culture. Being prepared for its possible onset should form part of everybody's financial lifestyle planning.

26 Sep 2013

An insurance perspective on the future of healthcare in SA

"The worried healthy or worried wealthy" is a very revealing observation by Actuary Christoff Raath of the Health Monitor Group in his assessment of the current state of play prevalent in the medical schemes market. The fact is that a scheme's longevity is reliant on high income earners not understanding that they can in fact buy down to lower options at a considerable discount to current premiums and then migrate upwards later on when age and ill health creeps up on them.

By Richard Michael Blackman 4 Sep 2013

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International

Service delivery starts with data. See who's been missing from the spreadsheets

Tanzania's most recent national census tells us that about one in 16 people has a disability in the country's Ruvuma region. But what if the true number was closer to one in five?

By Dominic Haslam 1 Mar 2017

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