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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

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

#BizTrends2017: The changing face of healthcare
#BizTrends2017: The changing face of healthcare

Four trends in the healthcare industry or 2017, which will have an impact on how we run medical aid companies and how people use them...

By Jeremy Yatt 9 Jan 2017

Two-year transition period fo phase out primary healthcare policies
Two-year transition period fo phase out primary healthcare policies

Insurance companies will get a two-year transition period to phase out existing primary healthcare policies...

By Linda Ensor 28 Dec 2016

Members must hold their medical scheme to account on costs
Members must hold their medical scheme to account on costs

Many consumers are bewildered by the escalating costs of medical care, and feel powerless in the face of double-digit increases from the country's largest medical schemes...

20 Dec 2016

GEMS busts open major claims fraud
GEMS busts open major claims fraud

GEMS has uncovered suspected fraud, waste and abuse practices amounting to several millions on the part of a number of healthcare service providers and members...

20 Dec 2016

Africans are living longer
Africans are living longer

Sub-Saharan countries have collectively increased the region's overall life expectancy by 16,5% over the past decade and a half...

13 Dec 2016

Medscheme and Samwumed extend managed care partnership
Medscheme and Samwumed extend managed care partnership

Samwumed has announced that it will be extending its partnership with Medscheme to include its medicine management and HIV/Aids disease management programmes...

6 Dec 2016

Seeking solutions on medical aid requirements for foreign students
Seeking solutions on medical aid requirements for foreign students

Stakeholders met to discuss a solution to the visa restrictions on foreign students, which requires them to be members of a South African medical aid...

2 Dec 2016

Medical aid members still have to dig deep in their pockets
Medical aid members still have to dig deep in their pockets

Despite having medical aid, many members still have to fork out chunks of money out of their own pocket for healthcare products and services...

28 Nov 2016

Dr Igno Siebert
Infertility treatment model needs to be rethought

There are a lot of barriers to treating infertility in South Africa and the continent as a whole...

25 Nov 2016

Guide to maximising your bang for your buck from your medical aid
Guide to maximising your bang for your buck from your medical aid

Most medical aids have launched their benefits and premium contributions for 2017 and, as in the past, the increases passed on to members are double figures, which outstrip inflation...

By Kathy Malherbe, Issued by Bonitas 18 Nov 2016

Africa's growing middle class opens doors for health insurance industry
Africa's growing middle class opens doors for health insurance industry

Figures indicate that Africa's middle class has more than tripled over the past 30 years. This trend, bodes well for the health insurance industry...

8 Nov 2016

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