Healthcare Trends 2018

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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

Mind the gap: Demarcation Regulations and universal healthcare
Mind the gap: Demarcation Regulations and universal healthcare

A healthy nation is a cornerstone of socioeconomic growth, and besides ensuring basic services such as clean water and sanitation, quality healthcare is also a right...

2 Jan 2018

Stay healthy on holiday
Stay healthy on holiday

The majority of us are not as good when it comes to checking whether we have cover for medical emergencies while away, especially when travelling outside of South Africa...

Issued by Bonitas 11 Dec 2017

Hat trick for Bonitas Medical Fund
Hat trick for Bonitas Medical Fund

Bonitas Medical Fund was recently awarded the Ask Afrika Orange Index for service excellence. This makes it a hat trick for the fund this year, having earlier received both the Kasi Star Brand Award and the ICON Brands Survey award - both for the medical aid category...

Issued by Bonitas 28 Nov 2017

MediFin announces its Top Loyalty Doctors for 2017
MediFin announces its Top Loyalty Doctors for 2017

MediFin Financial Services, a pioneer in the medical finance industry, has awarded their Most Loyal Partners. The awards recognise business partners that display great customer service, strategic alliance, and top affiliate behaviour...

Issued by Medifin Financial Services 17 Nov 2017

Medical aid waiting periods and late-joiner penalties: What. How. Why?
Medical aid waiting periods and late-joiner penalties: What. How. Why?

The world of medical schemes in South Africa is a very different one to 25 years ago. There are strict rules and regulations governing the industry, there to protect both the members and the financial sustainability of the scheme...

Issued by Bonitas 26 Oct 2017

Photo: Econex
Medical tax credits to go?

There has been talk for some time now about the National Health Insurance (NHI) and how it will be funded...

25 Oct 2017

SA needs to rethink its healthcare model
SA needs to rethink its healthcare model

In South Africa, the healthcare expenditure as part of GDP is 8.5%, which is lower than the WHO's global average of 9.95%...

19 Oct 2017

'Bogus' online doctor to be probed
'Bogus' online doctor to be probed

The Government Employee Medical Scheme has launched an investigation into claims it allowed staff at public relations firm Martina Nicholson Associates to give medical advice on its online column titled Dr Joe.

By Katharine Child 9 Oct 2017

Dodgy 'Dr Joe' removed from Gems website amid HPCSA probe
Dodgy 'Dr Joe' removed from Gems website amid HPCSA probe

The 'House call with Dr Joe' column on the Gems website has been taken down after TimesLIVE alleged PR staffers were writing the content...

By Naledi Shange 3 Oct 2017

Bonitas announces annual increase and changes for 2018
Bonitas announces annual increase and changes for 2018

After a challenging year for the healthcare industry, the contribution increase for 2018 will be a weighted increase of 8.7%, with increases on the various options range from 7.9% to 9.9%...

Issued by Bonitas 27 Sep 2017

Council pursues bogus health practitioners
Council pursues bogus health practitioners

A rise in bogus health practitioners has forced the HPCSA and medical schemes to strengthen their forensics units to curb fraud...

20 Sep 2017

#InnovationMonth: How tech is transforming healthcare
#InnovationMonth: How tech is transforming healthcare

Discovery Health has built its very successful Vitality programme, which is a blueprint for other rewards schemes, not only in healthcare, but other sectors too...

By Nicci Botha 13 Sep 2017

Dr Numaan Mohamood, divisional director of member care, Liberty Health
Doctor retention and sustainable healthcare

Thanks to solid population risk management tools, the potential to attract and restain medical talent and services in-country has never been better...

12 Sep 2017

Private sector skills and resources of enormous benefit to implementation of NHI
Private sector skills and resources of enormous benefit to implementation of NHI

"Right now the focus must be on delivering a well-managed, functional and financially viable universal healthcare model for all South Africans that embraces public and private participation and buy-in..."

4 Sep 2017

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Private healthcare environment compromised by unregulated fees

Healthcare specialists are able to invoice patients and medical schemes in an unregulated environment with secondary healthcare expenditure eating away at the medical scheme benefits of South Africans...

31 Aug 2017

Cost containment and quality healthcare need not be mutually exclusive
Cost containment and quality healthcare need not be mutually exclusive

The South African healthcare system is in transition as we move towards the implementation of National Health Insurance. There is considerable opportunity for securing a brighter healthcare future for all...

By Mark Arnold 30 Aug 2017

Is SA's healthcare getting better?
Is SA's healthcare getting better?

Insight Survey's latest South African Healthcare Industry Landscape Report 2017 provides a holistic understanding of the healthcare landscape in South Africa based on the latest information and research...

Issued by Insight Survey 28 Aug 2017

HPCSA warns against global fee agreements
HPCSA warns against global fee agreements

The HPCSA has urged healthcare practitioners to consult them before signing global fee or other arrangements with medical schemes...

15 Aug 2017

Does SA's private healthcare sector only provide care for 16% of the population?
Does SA's private healthcare sector only provide care for 16% of the population?

The health minister said that private healthcare serves only 16% of the population. But his claim is misleading...

By Liesl Pretorius, Africa Check 8 Aug 2017

Are the demarcation regulations unconstitutional?
Are the demarcation regulations unconstitutional?

A consequence of the demarcation regulations coming into force is that up to two million policyholders using insurance products to access healthcare are now uninsured...

8 Aug 2017

Commed members to move to Bonitas
Commed members to move to Bonitas

After the Community Medical Aid Scheme (Commed) was placed under provisional curatorship by order of court in June, it has now been decided that all its members will be transferred to Bonitas Medical Fund...

4 Aug 2017

Experts decry plan to consolidate small medical schemes
Experts decry plan to consolidate small medical schemes

The plan by the CMS to consolidate or dissolve small medical schemes posed risks to the people who belong to them....

2 Aug 2017

Bonitas showing strong vital signs
Bonitas showing strong vital signs

Robust cost-containment strategies and an amalgamation have served Bonitas Medical Fund well with the fund showing a 92% reduction in net deficit in one year...

Issued by Bonitas 31 Jul 2017

Medical aids may know their fate by 2020
Medical aids may know their fate by 2020

Medical aids may know their fate under the National Health Insurance (NHI) by 2020...

By Joan van Dyk 25 Jul 2017

Photo: Health News NG
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

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