Why delays to fixing healthcare are bad news for South Africans

Over 80% of South Africans rely on state facilities like Chris Hani Baragwanath, the third largest hospital in the world. Shutterstock
Over 80% of South Africans rely on state facilities like Chris Hani Baragwanath, the third largest hospital in the world. Shutterstock</span>The release of a final report about the state of competition in South Africa’s private health sector has been delayed again. It was compiled by an inquiry panel made up of medical, legal and economic experts. The panel heard submissions from a range of stakeholders including members of the public, civil society organisations as well as private hospital groups.
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#BizTrends2019: Policy uncertainty and its impact on healthcare investment

Dr Paula Armstrong, senior economist at Econex
Dr Paula Armstrong, senior economist at Econex</span>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).
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MediFin announces its Top Loyalty Partners for 2018

MediFin announces its Top Loyalty Partners for 2018MediFin Financial Services has again awarded their most loyal partners. These prestigious awards recognise their top partners who display great customer service, strategic alliance and top affiliate behaviour. The Top Loyalty Awards were introduced in 2017 and has grown from 500 contenders in the previous year to over 800 contenders in 2018, an increase of 60%. The period 1 January to 31 October was used to establish the winners.
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Putting the lid on medical aid fraud

Putting the lid on medical aid fraud
[[www.123rf.com 123rf.com]]</span>Last year, medical aids lost at least R15-R20bn of total private healthcare industry spend to fraud, with the Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF) reporting about 10 to 15% of all claims as fraudulent, abusive or wasteful. Approximately 3 to 4% of the R160-billion medical industry is pure fraud. The instances of medical fraud can be reduced, but it will take fundamental shifts in a number of areas, including the way medical schemes are structured and the efficiency of state health care.
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