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.
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
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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
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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
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: "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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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