MEDICAL SCHEMES RESTRICTED DUE TO PROPOSED CHANGES TO NHI

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The White Paper on National Health Insurance (NHI), released late last year for public comment, proposes mandatory membership of the NHI and reduces the role of medical schemes to merely providing “complementary services”. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has distanced himself from a controversial proposal in this paper, which seeks to cut the benefits offered by medical schemes, saying that he believes the state should not limit patients’ choices.

Graham Anderson, CEO and Principal Officer at Profmed, says, “The White Paper proposes sweeping changes to the healthcare sector in an attempt to narrow the gap between the services enjoyed by rich and poor. However, medical schemes still make a significant contribution to the public healthcare system and cannot be side-tracked based on these new proposed changes.”

Anderson has a wealth of knowledge of the private and public healthcare sectors and is available to speak on the below topics:

  •  How these proposed changes would affect medical schemes;
  •  How these proposed changes would affect the public;
  •  What the NHI would offer people compared to medical schemes;
  •  The role and importance of medical schemes in the private and public healthcare sectors;
  •  Why medical schemes aren’t affordable to the lower LSM groups – requirements outlined by the Medical Schemes Act (Regulation 8) for medical schemes;
  •  The benefits of having a medical scheme should unforeseen health emergencies arise;
  •  Overall medical outlook for 2016 in terms of private/public healthcare in general.

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