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. Hat trick for Bonitas Medical Fund The Ask […]
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Union tells government to ‘fix the mess’ at KZN’s health department or else …

Pietermaritzburg – The National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has warned of an all-out strike if the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government does not “step up in fixing the mess” at the provincial health department. The warning was issued by Nehawu provincial secretary Phakama Ndunakazi on Thursday at the conclusion of a march in Pietermaritzburg. […]
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Prepare For Accelerated Looting, Doctors Emigrating Amid NHI’s Implementation

Just when you thought that things couldn’t get worse in South Africa, there’s the prospect of more looting, corruption and emigration amid the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI) plan. This is according to expert Anthea Jeffrey who, in this piece, paints a worrying picture of what could happen amid government steamrolling its NHI plan […]
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Private healthcare environment compromised by unregulated fees

According to Patrick Masobe, chief executive officer of Agility Health, healthcare specialists are able to invoice patients and medical schemes in an unregulated fee-for-service environment – in which every service performed has a code and a price tag – with secondary healthcare expenditure eating away at the medical scheme benefits of South Africans. “Among the […]
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Council pursues bogus health practitioners

A rise in bogus health practitioners has forced the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) and medical schemes to strengthen their forensics units to curb fraud. A team at the HPCSA is conducting about 400 investigations into bogus practitioners. To date, just more than 40 arrests have been made, but prosecutions are slow. Data from […]
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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. Now is the time of year when medical schemes announce their annual increases and benefit changes. […]
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The biggest medical aid schemes in South Africa – and how much they’re charging in 2018

The majority of South Africa’s biggest medical aid schemes have released their prices for 2018, showing below 10% increases across all plans. According to the latest statistics released by the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), there are currently 82 medical aid schemes operating in South Africa with a total subscription of just under 8.9 million […]
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