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Health market inquiry delays final report for another seven months

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The Competition Commission’s health market inquiry (HMI) has extended the deadline for publishing its final report to September 30, the latest in a series of delays to the five-year probe.

Selfmed Medical Scheme

What you need to know about your medical aid and PMB

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Julia Brown, medical aid consultant: When people look at a medical aid they look at what they will pay and not always at what they will get for the money they pay

Use contracted networks and save in 2019!

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Knowing your healthcare cover well and being network-savvy can save you unexpected costs and admin time. So, take a little time to know your cover. You may be surprised to see how convenient it is to use networks and the extra value you get

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10 things to consider when choosing gap cover

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MEDICAL schemes have a medical scheme rate, which is the maximum amount they will pay for a treatment. This rate differs depending on the medical cover you have, but it is typically a maximum of 200 percent of the scheme rate


Selfmed Medical Scheme

Understanding Prescribed Minimum Benefits

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SAVE ON HEALTHCARE

Healthcare in South Africa is extremely expensive. The cost of medical consultations, procedures and medications continue to rise annually. Without the assistance of a quality medical aid scheme, you would be left to fend for yourself when it comes to your health and the wellbeing of your family.


President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses ANC supporters at the governing party’s election manifesto launch at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on 12 January 2019. Picture: @MYANC/Twitter

Ramaphosa reiterates ANC’s commitment to implementing NHI bill

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says all South Africans must be able to access quality healthcare regardless of their socioeconomic status or ability to pay.

JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) has reiterated its commitment to accelerate the implementation of the long-delayed National Health Insurance (NHI) bill through the finalisation of legislation and creation of a publicly funded National Health Insurance Fund.

Fedhealth CEO Jeremy Yatt

CMS gives Fedhealth the green light

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Jeremy Yatt, principal officer of Fedhealth says the scheme is delighted with the approval, particularly considering this is a significant departure from how other medical schemes in South Africa manage their day-to-day benefits. Traditionally members have been charged for day-to-day benefits from the beginning of the year regardless of whether they have seen a doctor or purchased medicine or not.

Fedhealth

The Fedhealth and Topmed Boards of Trustees have approved the amalgamation of the two schemes.

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This new bigger and better scheme will be known as Fedhealth, and since Topmed will be joining Fedhealth, it will not affect Fedhealth members in any way in terms of options and benefits.

Dr Paula Armstrong, senior economist at Econex

#BizTrends2019: Policy uncertainty and its impact on healthcare investment

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Policy certainty is necessary for sustainable investment in a sector. Currently, there is considerable policy uncertainty in the health sector in SA, mainly due to three parallel policy processes - the Health Market inquiry (HMI) Provisional Findings and Recommendations Report, the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill (the June 2018 version and the expected further version) and the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill (MSAB).


Serially delayed health market inquiry postpones final report to March

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The Competition Commission’s long-running health market inquiry has delayed publishing its final report until March 29 2019, saying it needs more time to consider the extensive submissions it has received from stakeholders since it published its interim findings in July.


Council gives Fedhealth’s revolutionary new flexiFED range the green light

Jeremy Yatt, Fedhealth:  The Council for Medical Schemes has officially approved Fedhealth’s new option range for 2019, as well as the new MediVault and Wallet facility that will be applicable to its new flexiFED options.

NHI rollout could be delayed - Motsoaledi

National Health Insurance (NHI) projects will be put on the back-burner as the health department has to reprioritise its budget, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said.

The minister was speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the University of Stellenbosch Business School event on Thursday.


Better treatments for cancer

Better treatments for cancer

THE Health Department says it is abandoning pap smears and will now offer a more sensitive test for cervical cancer.

Speaking during the launch of the national cancer campaign in Pietermaritzburg yesterday, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said a sensitive test called liquid based cytology would now be made available in public healthcare centres.

By Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth.

How Medical Savings Accounts are Changing – for the Better

Jeremy Yatt, Fedhealth

Jeremy Yatt, Fedhealth:  The concept of medical savings accounts (MSA) emerged in the industry in the early 1990s, reputedly when Discovery founder Adrian Gore was working at Liberty. At that time medical scheme benefits for different kinds of day-to-day healthcare were specified, so for example, members would get a certain amount of Rands to spend on over-the-counter medicines, or for optometry services.

Image: © Sunday Times Top Brands on Twitter.

Ogilvy, Koo, Discovery Health excel in Sunday Times Top Brands survey 2018

Ogilvy, Koo, Discovery Health excel in Sunday Times Top Brands survey 2018

The results of the annual Sunday Times Top Brands survey were announced at an awards ceremony hosted at The Empire venue in Parktown, Johannesburg on Wednesday, 24 October, seeing two local companies excel as the overall winners in their sectors, and Ogilvy SA as top creative agency in support of winning brands....

Business categories:  Discovery Health Medical Scheme fought back from third place in 2017, to claim the Grand Prix award as the 2018 Business Overall Favourite Brand. Vodacom was nudged into second place, with the Apple iPhone in third... Brands that won in the other 12 business categories included: Kulula.com, Avis, Mercedes-Benz, Liberty, Santam, FNB, Apple iPhone, Vodacom, Allan Gray, Discovery Health Medical Scheme, Glenfiddich and Business Day... Medical Aid Companies 1 Discovery Health Medical Scheme 2 Momentum 3 Bonitas...

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni. FILE PHOTO: Shayne Robinson/SAPA

#MTBPS: Mboweni throws NHI R500mln lifeline

#MTBPS: Mboweni throws NHI R500mln lifeline

PRETORIA - Finance Minister Tito Mbweni said on Wednesday that government would be reprioritising R546 million within the National Health Insurance (NHI) indirect grant to address the critical shortage of medical professionals and to procure beds and linen for public healthcare facilities.

The NHI is government's primary healthcare policy aimed at changing the purchase and delivery of health services by addressing inequalities between the private and public sectors, which serve a population of about 16 percent and more than 85 percent, respectively.

Genesis Medical Scheme

Genesis Medical Scheme announces a 5.5% average increase for 2019

Genesis Medical Scheme announces a 5.5% average increase for 2019

It is with a great measure of delight and satisfaction that Genesis Medical Scheme is able to announce, for the 7th year running, the lowest average contribution increase of all open medical schemes for 2019.

According to Dennis van der Merwe, the Principal Officer of Genesis Medical Scheme, the average contribution increases announced by some of the bigger open medical schemes for next year is currently 10.3%. The good news for Genesis’ members, on the other hand, is that their increase will average only 5.5% in 2019 - almost half of what members of other medical schemes may have to fork out.

Wednesday marks World Mental Health Day, an annual event to raise awareness about issues around mental health around the world.

World Mental Health Day: '20% of SA high schoolers have attempted suicide'

World Mental Health Day: '20% of SA high schoolers have attempted suicide'

JOHANNESBURG - Up 20% of high school pupils in the country have tried to take their own lives, according to the Psychiatry Management Group (PsychMG).

Wednesday, 10 October will be World Mental Health Day, an annual event to raise awareness about issues around mental health around the world

momentum health

Scheme’s members are able to structure options to suit their needs

The healthcare industry in SA is in constant flux, perhaps more so at present than in recent years, given an increasingly unstable economic landscape and the proposal of new NHI regulations.

Fedhealth

Giving members more transparency and control

Fedhealth: "They want a say over what their cover should be and how benefits are used, "writes Alf James
We believe it is going to transform the industry and change the way medical aid benefits are structured

SASA-LOGO

Reimbursement model driven by clinicians

The South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (Sasa) has introduced an alternative reimbursement model that is set to benefit patients and encourage best practice among clinicians in the private healthcare sector.

HFA

When the going gets tough the tough get going

AS MEDICAL SCHEMES, members and employers brace for the 2019 financial year, they do so against the backdrop of a technical recession, a VAT increase, petrol price increases and marginal legislative space to innovate

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Is your medical Is your medical aid plan still right for you?

It’s that time of year again, when medical aid schemes announce their benefit changes and costs for the year ahead. Given that medical aid costs are escalating faster than inflation, it can be tempting to look for ways to save. But it’s important to properly consider your circumstances and your health before ticking the box for the least expensive option.

Calls for action at historic TB meeting

President Cyril Ramaphosa will join other world leaders today (September 26th) to decide on how to fight TB: the world’s, and South Africa’s, deadliest infectious disease.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has called on Ramaphosa to reverse the “sluggish global progress in combatting TB” by making decisive commitments at the first-ever United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB taking place in New York on Wednesday.

Men need to take their health more seriously

Profmed, Graham Anderson - It’s hard to stay healthy in this modern day of fast foods, binge-watching and instant gratification. The good news is the life expectancy at birth for South African men has increased from 54 years in 2009 to an estimated 61.2 years, according to the latest figures from Statistics SA, announced in a media release by Profmed.


Putting control back into members hands

In a first for the medical scheme industry, Fedhealth has announced its 2019 benefit options which features a revolutionary new approach to benefits that gives consumers more flexibility, choice and control.

Discovery

Discovery opens Vitality to all

Insurer Discovery has opened up its weekly Vitality Active Rewards and Vitality Drive programmes until December, in what it’s calling the Vitality Open, to incentivise anyone to get active and drive well. This is part of a broader overhaul to Vitality Rewards 2.0.

NHI

The progressive case for delaying NHI

With a wave of populism and an election around the corner, there is a risk that we will not navigate the tricky waters ahead with sufficient care and end up blundering into dead ends or running those still functioning parts of our healthcare system on to the rocks.

Aaron Motsoaledi hfassociation.co.za

Minister to decide on additional SEP increase

The Medicines Pricing Committee has submitted recommendations to Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi following requests from pharmaceutical companies for an additional increase of the single exit price (SEP) on medicine amidst a sliding rand and increasing input costs

Fedhealth

Putting members back in control of their healthcare – and finances

Lack of flexibility regarding their unique healthcare needs is listed as the single biggest concern of medical scheme members. Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth Medical Scheme


A view from Dr Jonathan Broomberg, CEO of Discovery Health, on the National Health Insurance Bill and the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill

The NHI System as outlined in the NHI Bill Our initial reflection on the proposed NHI system outlined in the Bill, is that it is pragmatic and workable. The Bill proposes the establishment of the NHI Fund and its associated governance and advisory structures.

Health Funders

Health Funders Association anticipates a net positive HMI provisional report

Raising the hope of the private sector in contributing to a sustainable universal healthcare coverage system


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NHI and MSA Bills are announced – HFA Commentary

HFA is committed to keeping you informed on the legislative changes that are currently coming through and how these impact your organisation as a key player in the industry.

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HFA committed to working with government

HFA CEO, Lerato Mosiah.

Read Health Minister Motsoaledi's speech announcing major changes to medical aids

We have called this Press Conference to deal with two Bills The Medical Schemes Amendment Bill; and The National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill I will first present the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill and end with the NHI Bill

BREAKING NEWS - NHI Bill gazetted, paving way for NHI fundThursday, 21 June 2018

Tamar Kahn: BusinessLIVE, 21 June 2018

Anxious consumers and industry await NHI briefing

Health Matters Source: Tamar Kahn: BusinessLIVE, 18 June 2018

Minister Motsoaledi to brief media on NHI and Medical Scheme Amendment bills

Pretoria: The Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi will this week address the members of the media to unpack the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill as approved by the Cabinet

Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 6 June 2018

Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 6 June 2018

RSA Goverment Communications 8 June 2018 By Cabinet statements


A bill to regulate medical schemes which aims to benefit members was approved by Cabinet.

Cabinet approves bill to regulate medical schemes

 www.fin24.com 24 May 2018 By Lameez Omarjee

Cabinet has experienced a bumper month, with a number of budget speeches, meetings and discussions held over the past few weeks.

4 major new bills have just been approved by Cabinet – here’s what you need to know

BusinessTech 24 May 2018 By BusinessTech Staff


Don’t do it: Wits University’s Alex van den Heever has warned against the consolidation of medical schemes. Picture: SUPPLIED

Medical scheme body presses on with consolidation draft plan

 Businesslive 19 April 2018 By Tamar Kahn

Nandile Yani gets her flu shot in Cape Town. Image: ESA ALEXANDER

Missed your flu shot? Try Uber...

Times Live 18 April 2018 By Petru Saal


Graham Anderson, Profmed

Innovation a critical part of the healthcare industry, but could push prices out of proportion

 06 March 2018 Graham Anderson, Profmed

Mark Arnold, Resolution Health Medical Scheme

Resolution Health's solvency strengthened as membership grows

6/04/2018 Mark Arnold, Resolution Health

#Listeriosis: Panic over killer disease grips SA

#Listeriosis: Panic over killer disease grips SA

Gauteng / 5 March 2018 / NONI MOKATI

Bestmed Medical Scheme announces decision not to pass on the increased VAT burden to its members

Bestmed Medical Scheme announces decision not to pass on increased VAT burden

 Published in insurancegateway.co.za – 5 March 2018

CMS:Circular 13 of 2018: Annual Statutory Returns for the financial year ended 31 December 2017

CMS:Circular 13 of 2018: Annual Statutory Returns for financial year ended 31 Dec 2017

Listeriosis outbreak traced to Enterprise facility in Polokwane

Listeriosis outbreak traced to an Enterprise facility in Polokwane

News24 - 4 March 2018 - By Tammy Petersen


R4.2bn for NHI through lower medical tax credit hikes

R4.2bn for NHI through lower medical tax credit hikes

Personal Finance - 26 February 2018 - By Martin Hesse
NHI gets cash, but detail vague

NHI gets cash, but detail vague

Published in Health-e – 22 FEBRUARY 2018 Kerry Cullinan

Double blow for medical scheme members Contribution hikes high, tax relief low

Double blow for medical scheme members Contribution hikes high, tax relief low

Sowetan - 22 Feb 2018 - By Laura du Preez

NHI gets cash – but its operations remain vague

Budget 2018: NHI gets cash – but its operations remain vague

Published in Health-e – 22 FEBRUARY 2018 - By Kerry Cullinan

Discovery offers aid in public health

Discovery offers aid in public health

21 February 2018 Hanna Ziady

Government sticking to NHI with extra R4.2bn

Government sticking to NHI with extra R4.2bn

Published in Fin24 - 21 February 2018 - By Lameez Omarjee

Medical scheme contribution tax credits capped to raise funds for NHI.

Medical scheme contribution tax credits capped to raise funds for NHI.

21 February 2018 - Tamar Kahn
Focus on increase in cancer deaths

Focus on increase in cancer deaths

By Moipone Maledane 20 February 2018

Fiscal consolidation crucial in the upcoming budget – Busa

Fiscal consolidation crucial in the upcoming budget – Busa

Published in Moneyweb 20 February 2018 by Olivier Serrao

Health Funders’ Association (HFA) joins BUSA.

Health Funders’ Association (HFA) joins BUSA.

Member - Health Funders Association

Health Funders Association (HFA) oppose increase to single exit price (SEP) adjustment for medicines for 2018.

Health Funders Association (HFA) oppose increase to single exit price (SEP) adjustment for medicines for 2018.

14 February 2018 The Health Funders Association (HFA)

Sars to hold sugar tax roadshows in March

Sars to hold sugar tax roadshows in March

Published in bizcommunity.com – 13 February 2018

Abolishment of medical tax credit could face legal challenge

‘Abolishment of medical tax credit could face legal challenge’

Published in MoneyWeb – 7 February 2018 - By Ingé Lamprecht
Cut out junk in your life – and beat the stress

Cut out junk in your life – and beat the stress

Published in Dispatch Live - 4 February 2018 - By Zisanda Nkonkobe
Motsoaledi: Govt policy doesn't allow for deinstitutionalisation of patients

Motsoaledi: Govt policy doesn't allow for deinstitutionalisation of patients

Published in EWN - 1 February 2018 - By Masego Rahlaga


Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi

Life Esidimeni: I feel personally betrayed, says Motsoaledi

Published in News24 - 31 January 2018 - By Jeanette Chabalala
Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi

Emotional Motsoaledi apologises to families of Esidimeni victims

Published in EWN - 31 January 2018 - By Masego Rahlaga

Do you know your blood pressure reading from your BMI?

Get to know your numbers this Healthy Lifestyle Awareness Month

Published in Insurance Gateway - 31 January 2018 - Source: Martina Nicholson Associates (MNA)

Aspen seeks new formula.

Aspen seeks new formula.

Published in Bizcommunity - 30 January 2018 - Source: Business Day

100 million still pushed into extreme poverty because of health expenses

Report: 100 million still pushed into extreme poverty because of health expenses

Published in Bizcommunity - 29 December 2017
ANC looks to axe medical aid tax credits,

ANC looks to axe medical aid tax credits, expand National Health Insurance

Published in Bizcommunity - 21 December 2017 - By: Laura Lopez Gonzalez
What free education could cost us.

What free education could cost us.

Published by Bhekisisa - 17 Dec 2017 - By: Laura Lopez Gonzalez
World Bank paints a positive picture of health service in South Africa

World Bank paints a positive picture of health service in South Africa

Published in Business Day - 14 December 2017 - By Tamar Kahn
Health-market inquiry blames private hospitals for 'driving up costs'

Health-market inquiry blames private hospitals for 'driving up costs'

Published in Business Day - 12 December 2017 - By Tamar Kahn

Genesis wins case on accounting for use of medical savings

Genesis wins case on accounting for use of medical savings …

Published in Business Day – 8 June 2017 By Tamar Kahn

Medical aid tax credits

Private: Medical aid tax credits to be phased out within the coming months

Published in Business Tech – 16 October 2017

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