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Sama takes issue with Competition Commission findings
Sama takes issue with Competition Commission findings

The South African Medical Association (Sama) believes that the Competition Commission Health Market Inquiry (HMI) provisional report is faulty in its findings...

9 Jul 2018

You're paying more for less when it comes to medical aid. Here's why
You're paying more for less when it comes to medical aid. Here's why

What are your chances of ending up in a hospital? Higher than you'd think if you are a medical aid member in a large city - and the reason reveals some never-before-seen truths about the country's private healthcare sector...

6 Jul 2018

Sandile Ngcobo, former chief justice. Photo: eThekwini Living Legends
Health Market Inquiry calls for transparency by medical aid schemes

A report by the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) looking into the private healthcare industry has recommended that there be increased transparency and improved competition...

6 Jul 2018

Competition Commission releases Health Market Inquiry report
Competition Commission releases Health Market Inquiry report

The Competition Commission's long-awaited Health Market Inquiry provisional report has been released...

5 Jul 2018

Lerato Mosiah, CEO of the Health Funders Association
Amendments could threaten schemes' sustainability

While the proposed amendments to the Medical Schemes Act seek to lower the cost of private healthcare, they may have the unintended consequence of threatening the sustainability of medical schemes...

4 Jul 2018

Comment on the NHI Bills presented by Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi
Comment on the NHI Bills presented by Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi

Bonitas Medical Fund welcomes the draft amendment Bill to the end that it aims to make healthcare more accessible...

Issued by Bonitas 3 Jul 2018

A patient collects her medication at a clinic in Khayelitsha, South Africa. Photo: MSF/Sydelle WIllow Smith
South Africa's universal health care plan falls short of fixing an ailing system

South Africa's Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has finally gazetted the bill detailing an ambitious plan to roll out universal health care in the country through a National Health Insurance...

By Laettia Rispel 3 Jul 2018

Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi
Motsoaledi outlines changes to Medical Schemes Act and NHI

Two of the proposed amendments to the Medical Schemes Act will do away with co-payments, and abolish the practice of using brokers within the medical schemes environment...

22 Jun 2018

Health minister, Aaron Motsoaledi
A step closer to the NHI

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi says the release of two bills - the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill and the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill - is poised to make history...

20 Jun 2018

Consider this advice before travelling abroad for health care
Consider this advice before travelling abroad for health care

Clinics, hospitals and entire countries are actively trying to attract medical tourists through costly advertisement campaigns and other promotional efforts. But what about the friends and family who accompany them?

By Valorie A. Crooks 4 Jun 2018

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Prioritising the health citizen in UHC

The concept of health citizenship integrates patients' needs with the knowledge of healthcare professionals in planning tools and programmes that will change the inequalities in healthcare...

30 May 2018

Mark Arnold, principal officer of Resolution Health Medical Scheme
Act could redress medical scheme sustainability issues

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has hinted at a number of reforms that directly address challenges of sustainability that the medical schemes industry is currently facing...

21 May 2018

What the POPI Act means for medical aid schemes
What the POPI Act means for medical aid schemes

When implemented, the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act will fundamentally change the way personal data is managed and a patient's medical information and history are particularly sensitive...

8 May 2018

Gavin Griffin of AON Employee Benefits
Unhealthy relationship between employee wellness expectations and reality

While many employers recognise the role they have to play in influencing good employee health, most are not employing strategies that best enable these outcomes...

20 Apr 2018

Flu shots on the go with Discovery Health and Uber
Flu shots on the go with Discovery Health and Uber

With winter and the dreaded flu season around the corner, Discovery Health has teamed up with Uber to provide flu shots on-demand...

16 Apr 2018

Dr Katlego Mothudi, managing director, Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa
Putting the health citizen at the centre of UHC

As healthcare systems worldwide evolve towards universal health coverage (UHC), there must be a move beyond technical policy evidence...

12 Apr 2018

Success in the fight against fraud, waste and abuse
Success in the fight against fraud, waste and abuse

"Fraud, waste and abuse (FWA) in the healthcare industry is one of the main drivers of healthcare inflation and increased costs," says Kenneth Marion, Chief Operating Officer of Bonitas Medical Fund...

Issued by Bonitas 4 Apr 2018

Gerhard van Emmenis, principal officer of Bonitas Medical Fund
VAT increase won't impact on medical aid contributions

There has been much debate around the 1% value-added tax (VAT), its impact on consumers and just how this will affect the money left in their pockets at the end of the month...

12 Mar 2018

Medical scheme claims expenditure far outstrips inflation
Medical scheme claims expenditure far outstrips inflation

Annual medical scheme claims expenditure rose on average by 11.3% a year over the past decade, far faster than consumer price inflation, which increased on average by just 6.1%...

7 Mar 2018

Empowerment deal for MetHealth, Thebe Health and Validate-Workerslife consortium
Empowerment deal for MetHealth, Thebe Health and Validate-Workerslife consortium

Metropolitan Health Group, Thebe Health Group, Workerslife Group and Validate have entered into a strategic partnership where Thebe Health and the Validate/Workerslife consortium will own a 49% stake in MetHealth...

2 Mar 2018

The R256bn question: Where is NHI going to get its money from?
The R256bn question: Where is NHI going to get its money from?

The idea behind NHI is that it will operate as a single publicly financed and administered fund to which all South Africans will make compulsory contributions, based on their ability to pay...

27 Feb 2018

The big four - know your numbers
The big four - know your numbers

If you look at the exponential growth of chronic lifestyle diseases then it is not difficult to understand why Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, maintains chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes are putting a huge strain on the country's health care system...

Issued by Bonitas 26 Feb 2018

Adrian Gore, CEO: Discovery. Photo: BusinessLIVE
Discovery offers aid in public health

Discovery CEO Adrian Gore says he would welcome the opportunity to partner with the government in scaling some of the insurer's healthcare innovations across the public sector, at no financial benefit...

22 Feb 2018

#Budget2018: Medical aid credits stay, but NHI funding model still unclear
#Budget2018: Medical aid credits stay, but NHI funding model still unclear

The approximately eight-million people in South Africa who rely on medical tax credits to subsidise the cost of existing medical aid schemes can breathe a sigh of relief...

By Lebo Motsumi 22 Feb 2018

Rob Cooper, director of legislation at Sage
#Budget2018: Will the minister do away with the medical aid tax credit?

One of the big questions the finance minister faces this year is whether to do away with the modest tax credit taxpayers receive for their medical aid payments...

20 Feb 2018

The Comrades - no turning back!
The Comrades - no turning back!

On Sunday, 10 June, 20,000 runners will gather in the early hours of the morning in Pietermaritzburg for the start of the Comrades Marathon...

Issued by Bonitas 25 Jan 2018

Discovery Health recovers R568m through fraud-control activities in 2017
Discovery Health recovers R568m through fraud-control activities in 2017

Discovery Health has invested substantially in fighting the scourge of healthcare fraud. Efforts to curb fraud in the healthcare system resulted in R568m recovered on behalf of client schemes in 2017...

22 Jan 2018

(c) Denis Ismagilov -
How corporate SA can transition towards customer centricity and embrace the global paradigm

If your company is not thinking about embracing the global paradigm towards customer centricity, you should spend your remaining profits building a time machine to review the moments that lead to your demise...

By Matthew Westaway 17 Jan 2018

Dr Brian Ruff
#BizTrends2018: Private healthcare in SA - continued decline and a solution

We entered 2017 reeling from a series of double-digit medical insurance premium hikes...

By Dr Brian Ruff 10 Jan 2018

Dr Dumisani Bomela, CEO of the Hospital Association of South Africa
#BizTrends2018: Let us lay myths to rest and get on with healthcare provision

At the Hospital Association of South Africa (Hasa) 2017 Conference last year, two private hospital chief executives and the head of the largest medical funder in the country laid to rest the myth that the private sector is implacably opposed to universal healthcare.

By Dr Dumisani Bomela 8 Jan 2018

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