Private healthcare industry needs to change

Carl Grillenberger, Advanced Health CEO
Carl Grillenberger, Advanced Health CEO</span>The “startling costs” of South African private healthcare is at the heart of the Competition Commission’s Health Market Inquiry (HMI) draft report released in July. While cost is a key theme, the report also describes a sector lacking the vital force of authentic, robust competition.
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Audiologist convicted of 259 counts of medical aid fraud

Audiologist convicted of 259 counts of medical aid fraudEarlier this month, Wandile Theophilus Mashego, an audiologist and speech therapist practising in Pretoria, was found guilty of 259 counts of medical aid fraud and one count for contravening Section 66 of the Medical Schemes Act. The case was brought against him by Bonitas Medical Fund after it was discovered he had been submitting fraudulent claims on behalf of members over a period of two years – from 2014 to 2015.
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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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