5 advantages of universal health coverage

Dr Guni Goolab, principal officer, Government Employee Medical Scheme
Dr Guni Goolab, principal officer, Government Employee Medical Scheme</span>The immense value that universal health coverage brings to a society is reflected by the fact that it is now included in the new Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to improve lives worldwide for a more inclusive and prosperous future for all. “As we work towards the implementation of National Health Insurance [NHI], it is inevitable that change on this scale may seem like a daunting prospect and so it is essential to keep in mind the favourable changes we as a nation are aspiring to achieve,” says Dr Guni Goolab, principal officer of the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS).
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Explainer: how competitive is South Africa’s private healthcare sector

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Shutterstock</span>After a four and a half year probe initiated by South Africa’s Competition Commission, a panel of independent experts released their preliminary report into the country’s private healthcare market. The Conversation Africa spoke to Sharon Fonn, who was on the panel of experts, about the report.
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Bonitas announces best financial results in 35-year history

Bonitas announces best financial results in 35-year historyBonitas Medical Fund (the Scheme) reported a solid surplus of R730.20 million for 2017, recouping the R16.9 million deficit from 2016. Gerhard van Emmenis, Principal Officer of Bonitas, says, “2017 was an exceptional year for us in terms of financial results. This was largely due to several key cost-saving strategies and initiatives implemented during the 2016-2017 period.”
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Will HMI insights get lost in the rush to finalise healthcare laws?

Will HMI insights get lost in the rush to finalise healthcare laws?
[[www.123rf.com 123rf.com]]</span>Has the almost simultaneous release of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill and the provisional findings of the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) created an information overload, where some of the insights from the inquiry could be lost in the noise?
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Survey: Medical aid members have more choice

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Jill Larkan,head: healthcare consulting at GTC</span>In the battle for a slice of the private healthcare market, there has been significant growth in the number of medical schemes performing well across all sections of the medical aid spectrum. Whilst this means that members get more choice, it also makes the landscape increasingly complex.
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