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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...

3 days ago

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

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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

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