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Will you have a medical aid under NHI?

The days of medical aid schemes may be numbered as government says it will be the single funder of medical services...

By LAURA LOPEZ GONZALEZ 5 Jul 2017

Michael Settas, director: KaeloXelus
NHI white paper issues raised

The two fundamental issues with the new white paper on NHI are a single payer fund and the nationalisation of private healthcare without compensation...

By Mike Settas 3 Jul 2017

Medical scheme members likely to lose their tax credits under NHI
Medical scheme members likely to lose their tax credits under NHI

Medical scheme members are likely to lose their tax credits to help pay for the first set of benefits to be rolled out under NHI...

By Tamar Kahn 30 Jun 2017

Counting the costs of medical aid fraud
Counting the costs of medical aid fraud

The reduction and elimination of fraud, waste and abuse will impact on medical aid contribution increases, according to Gerhard van Emmenis, Acting Principal Officer of Bonitas Medical Fund...

Issued by Bonitas 28 Jun 2017

Survey: Attracting young members a problem for small medical aids
Survey: Attracting young members a problem for small medical aids

Smaller medical schemes offer customers value for money, but lack the ability to attract new members...

23 Jun 2017

Brooks Mparutsa, executive director of Hollard's international business.
Hollard partners with Cigna

Insurer Hollard planned "significant acquisitions" on the continent in the next few years...

20 Jun 2017

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New law crimps cash-back plans

The demarcation regulations clearly distinguish between medical insurance products and medical aid schemes...

By Roland Buys 20 Jun 2017

Genesis wins case on accounting for use of medical savings funds
Genesis wins case on accounting for use of medical savings funds

Genesis has won its legal battle with the Council of Medical Schemes over how to account for the funds in members' medical savings accounts...

9 Jun 2017

Medical scheme board of trustees suspended
Medical scheme board of trustees suspended

Community Medical Scheme has been placed under provisional curatorship by the High Court in Pretoria after the Council for Medical Schemes discovered alleged governance failings by its board...

By Tamar Kahn 6 Jun 2017

Gerhard van Emmenis, acting principal officer, Bonitas
Mind the gap

Medical insurance products have got a bad rap, to the extent that the National Treasury stepped in to ensure consumers are safeguarded...

29 May 2017

Medici medical app launches in South Africa
Medici medical app launches in South Africa

A medical app, Medici, that is said to be revolutionising the doctor-patient relationship, is now available in South Africa...

20 May 2017

Getting global fees right
Getting global fees right

There is some controversy about alternative reimbursement models in the commercial healthcare industry...

19 May 2017

Precious Matsoso, director general, department of health
Climbdown on medical aids

The Department of Health has done a U-turn on its plan to scrap medical aid schemes...

15 May 2017

Dr Ali Hamdulay, chair of BHF
BHF weighs in on global fee debate

Implementing and adopting alternative models of provider reimbursement are crucial to the sustainability of the healthcare sector...

5 May 2017

The case for a restricted medical scheme
The case for a restricted medical scheme

With healthcare sustainability under scrutiny, many companies are wondering whether a restricted medical scheme is still a viable benefit...

28 Apr 2017

Desperately seeking: A viable healthcare payment system
Desperately seeking: A viable healthcare payment system

South Africa's private healthcare sector is under severe pressure, particularly with rampant inflation tracking at rates higher than CPI...

By Nicci Botha 24 Apr 2017

Holistic treatment and management of diabetes critical
Holistic treatment and management of diabetes critical

Gerhard Van Emmenis, Acting Principal Officer of Bonitas Medical Fund, explains why a proactive and holistic approach to diabetes management is essential...

Issued by Bonitas 21 Apr 2017

Medical funds and administration schemes
Medical funds and administration schemes

People who are on private medical aids are often unclear as to the difference between the administrator of the scheme and the medical aid scheme, and what the roles and responsibilities are...

Issued by Bonitas 31 Mar 2017

Oversupply contributes to healthcare inflation
Oversupply contributes to healthcare inflation

It's pivotal for medical aids explore ways to decrease costs on the supplier side, particularly when it comes to hospitals...

30 Mar 2017

Demarcation regulations: In whose best interests?
Demarcation regulations: In whose best interests?

Are the demarcation regulations a means to erode the private healthcare system ahead of NHI?...

22 Mar 2017

Fraud, waste and abuse - why healthcare is so expensive
Fraud, waste and abuse - why healthcare is so expensive

Some of the most significant contributors to soaring healthcare costs are fraud, waste and abuse...

15 Mar 2017

Life drops co-payment for Bonitas members
Life drops co-payment for Bonitas members

Cost-effective alternatives and sheer member numbers have pressured Life Healthcare into waiving its 30% co-payment for Bonitas Medical Fund members at 14 of its hospitals...

22 Feb 2017

Discovery asks for dismissal of Afrocentric claim
Discovery asks for dismissal of Afrocentric claim

Discovery has asked to have the Competition Tribunal throw out a complaint of collective bargaining against them...

By Michelle Gumede 17 Feb 2017

Schemes battle doctor group at tribunal
Schemes battle doctor group at tribunal

Sama and the CMS are to square off at the Competition Tribunal in their long-running row over how specialists bill patients...

By Tamar Kahn 14 Feb 2017

GEMS introduces new membership option
GEMS introduces new membership option

Last year the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS), in common with other medical schemes, noted rising healthcare costs in the country...

7 Feb 2017

Ramasia's tenure with Bonitas ends
Ramasia's tenure with Bonitas ends

Dr Bobby Ramasia's contract as principal executive officer at Bonitas Medical Fund expired on 31 December 2016...

30 Jan 2017

Final demarcation regulations on medical cover published
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

#BizTrends2017: Access to quality, affordable healthcare is the goal
#BizTrends2017: Access to quality, affordable healthcare is the goal

Cost containment, managed healthcare and technology are where healthcare is going in 2017...

10 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Sustainability requires innovation
#BizTrends2017: Sustainability requires innovation

In the next decade the South African healthcare industry will look very different...

By Danette Breitenbach 9 Jan 2017

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