Month: October 2016

Patrice Motsepe’s ARC to invest in reforming private healthcare industry

Patrice Motsepe’s African Rainbow Capital (ARC) has set up a new company, ARC Health, to invest in reforming and restructuring SA’s private healthcare industry. It will also help to integrate the government’s healthcare expenditure on legislated compensation for costs related to compensation for injuries and other similar costs. Motsepe said the sector’s business models and …

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GEMS Strategy to Align with NHI Roadmap

The journey towards universal healthcare access is gaining momentum, firmly supported by South Africa’s largest restricted medical scheme. This was one of the key messages to come out of the Government Employees Medical Scheme’s (GEMS) annual Symposium, which was convened in Soweto on Thursday. Chairperson of the GEMS Board of Trustees, Ms Nontobeko Ntsinde, delivered …

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Private Healthcare Greed Threatens Medical Scheme System

Every year your medical scheme contribution increases sharply – often as much as double the CPI rate. Last week two schemes, Momentum Health and Discovery Health, announced average increases in the double digits to the dismay of many consumers. And the other schemes are likely to follow suit. But people who think the schemes are …

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Sharp Increases for Medical Scheme Members

Cape Town – The announcement last week by Momentum and Discovery Medical Schemes of average increases in contributions of between 10.2% and 11% came as a shock for consumers. All schemes announce their contribution increases between September and October annually, but these two schemes were the first to do so – and the announcement came …

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NHI The only Affordable Option

Experts say the government’s National Health Insurance initiative is the answer to affordable healthcare and soaring medical aid costs EXPERTS believe the government’s proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) initiative, aimed at making healthcare more accessible and affordable, could be the answer for soaring medical aid costs that are putting consumers under increasing pressure.  Medical aid …

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Does South Africa deserve junk status?

[wptab name=’English’] South Africa is making great strides towards the realisation of universal access to healthcare, with preparations for the introduction of National Health Insurance (NHI) well underway. The progress that Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) has made, and continues to make, in broadening access to healthcare surely ranks among the significant milestones achieved in …

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UNIVERSAL COVER, WORKING HARD TO BROADEN HEALTHCARE ACCESS

South Africa is making great strides towards the realisation of universal access to healthcare, with preparations for the introduction of National Health Insurance (NHI) well underway. The progress that Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) has made, and continues to make, in broadening access to healthcare surely ranks among the significant milestones achieved in the journey …

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The National Council Profile on the Council for Medical Schemes

Governance in medical schemes continues to be a challenge in the regulatory framework. Moreover, the healthcare system is marred by inequitable access to care and healthcare resources. And it is against this backdrop that the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) remains committed to protecting beneficiaries and medical schemes alike. Offering this assurance Dr Elsahe Conradie, …

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