What the POPI Act means for medical aid schemes

What the POPI Act means for medical aid schemes
©Shannon Fagan via [[www.123RF.com 123RF]]</span>When implemented, the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act will fundamentally change the way personal data is managed. Corporate South Africa, including medical aid schemes, insurance brokers, financial advisors, marketers and even brands need to start preparing now for its impact.
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Putting the health citizen at the centre of UHC

Dr Katlego Mothudi, managing director, Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa
Dr Katlego Mothudi, managing director, Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa</span>As healthcare systems worldwide evolve towards universal health coverage (UHC), there must be a move beyond technical policy evidence to an action plan driven by participation, collaboration and implementation, where the overarching priority remains the person receiving the healthcare service
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Success in the fight against fraud, waste and abuse

Success in the fight against fraud, waste and abuse‘Fraud, waste and abuse (FWA) in the healthcare industry is one of the main drivers of healthcare inflation and increased costs,’ says Kenneth Marion, Chief Operating Officer of Bonitas Medical Fund. ‘It’s a key focus area for us and we’re pleased to report that we’ve made great strides in the fight against fraud, waste and abuse. In fact our identification and confirmation of FWA has increased to over R129.8m in 2017 compared to R79m in 2016.’
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VAT increase won’t impact on medical aid contributions

Gerhard van Emmenis, principal officer of Bonitas Medical Fund
Gerhard van Emmenis, principal officer of Bonitas Medical Fund</span>There has been much debate around the 1% value-added tax (VAT), its impact on consumers and just how this will affect the money left in their pockets at the end of the month. With the revised general fuel levy, it’s clear that consumers will have to tighten their belts and adhere to stricter budgets.
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Empowerment deal for MetHealth, Thebe Health and Validate-Workerslife consortium

Empowerment deal for MetHealth, Thebe Health and Validate-Workerslife consortium
©Fabio Balbi [[www.123rf.com 123rf.com]]</span>Metropolitan Health Group (MetHealth), Thebe Health Group, Workerslife Group (an affiliate of the PGC Group of Companies) and Validate (a group of healthcare industry players) have entered into a strategic partnership where Thebe Health and the Validate/Workerslife consortium will own a 49% stake in MetHealth.
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The R256bn question: Where is NHI going to get its money from?

The R256bn question: Where is NHI going to get its money from?
©xtockimages [[www.123rf.com 123rf.com]]</span>The idea behind National Health Insurance (NHI) is that it will operate as a single publicly financed and administered fund to which all South Africans will make compulsory contributions, based on their ability to pay. It would therefore promote cross-subsidisation on a bigger scale than is currently the case with individual medical aid schemes.
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