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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

valelopardo via
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

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

Photo: Mediclinic
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

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