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Findings of private health inquiry to be dumped?

September 10, 2018

There is a risk that the Health Market Inquiry’s recommendations on the private health sector will be disregarded by government as they do not align with the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, warn health activists. But are the two mutually exclusive? And what are the government’s plans? HEALTH-E NEWS’ Amy Green finds out.

New medical schemes Bill intended to “protect” beneficiaries

June 22, 2018

On Thursday Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi released to the public the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill which seeks to abolish co-payments, waiting periods, late-joiner penalties and the use of brokers in the industry.

Massive changes proposed to private medical schemes

June 22, 2018

Two new Bills signal government’s intention to restrict private medical aids and exercise more central control over public health as it moves to establish a single health system by 2026.

No more tax breaks for medical aid members?

Tax breaks for medical aid members – amounting to R20-billion annually – may get may be scrapped if Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi gets his way.

Medical aids and the high cost of psychiatric meds

May 10, 2017

Many people suffering from depression and anxiety rely on expensive medication, but they are often not covered by medical aid.

Medical schemes exploit patients’ ignorance

February 19, 2016
Private Healthcare Inquiry  

Medical schemes avoid covering their members for treatment they are obliged to cover by law, and patients pay up because they don’t know their rights.

Regulate private health prices, inquiry told

February 18, 2016
Health Funding  

The long-awaited Competition Commission inquiry into private healthcare kicked off this week with an appeal for prices to be regulated