Health Minister proposes scrapping of medical aid co-payments

An overhaul of the medical aid schemes could be on the cards.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has revealed plans which he says will give consumers a better deal.

The changes are contained in the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill and include proposals such as uniform tariffs for services and a prohibition of co-payments.

We want to replace Prescribed Minimum Benefits with something called Basic Minimum benefits or BMB, in other words, the minimum medical schemes must start paying for primary health care.

Aaron Motsoaledi, Health Minister

So they must pay for things like immunization, they must pay women for contraception, (which they are not accepting now), they must pay for prevention of diseases.

Aaron Motsoaledi, Health Minister

Motsoaledi also wants to see the scrapping of 'unnecessary' charges, like those paid to insurance brokers.

Part of the premium you are paying for a medical aid scheme is R90 which is given to a broker who you didn't chose, who is chosen by the medical scheme.

Aaron Motsoaledi, Health Minister

Listen to the full interview here:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Health Minister proposes scrapping of medical aid co-payments


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
[LISTEN] Zille responds to Lindiwe Mazibuko comments that she undermined her

[LISTEN] Zille responds to Lindiwe Mazibuko comments that she undermined her

Helen Zille responds to alleged comments made by Lindiwe Mazibuko at a dinner, saying she's doing the same to Musi Maimane.

Steinhoff shares jump to a high

Steinhoff shares jump to a high

Financial Mail Deputy Editor, Sikonathi Mantshantsha, looks at Steinhoff shares and Trevor Manuel's hard sell...

SA's education intiative scoops WISE awards

SA's education intiative scoops WISE awards

Partners for Possibility matches business leaders with school principals from under-resourced communities.

[Listen] #100Mandela: Remembering Madiba

[Listen] #100Mandela: Remembering Madiba

18 July marks the birthday of Nelson Mandela. As part of the celebrations, listeners share their memories of him.

Medical aid fraud: members have little knowledge of benefits says Dr Nhlapo

Medical aid fraud: members have little knowledge of benefits says Dr Nhlapo

Chair of the Healthcare Forensic Management Unit Dr Hlei Nhlapo chats about the reasons behind the increase in medical aid fraud.

Why medical aids aren't totally ripping you off (according to Alexander Forbes)

Why medical aids aren't totally ripping you off (according to Alexander Forbes)

Alexander Forbes has released a report summarising the performance and demographics of all medical aid schemes in South Africa.

Popular articles
Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Bruce Whitfield interviews La Grange about her and Madiba's attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.)

How to make money through ‘buy-to-let’ (using very little of your own money)

How to make money through ‘buy-to-let’ (using very little of your own money)

Bruce Whitfield interviews Francois Janse van Rensburg, author of “Making Money through Buy-To-Let in South Africa".

Meet Elmar Conradie, CEO of low-cost FlySafair (world’s most on-time airline)

Meet Elmar Conradie, CEO of low-cost FlySafair (world’s most on-time airline)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Conradie for his “ShapeShifter” feature.

Still recourse for family after NPA leave Zuma's son scot-free for fatal crash

Still recourse for family after NPA leave Zuma's son scot-free for fatal crash

NPA allegedly let Duduzane Zuma off the hook, despite a magistrate ruling he must be held liable for a woman's death in car crash.

UPDATE: Chilling WhatsApp from Marli van Breda's ex-boyfriend read out in court

UPDATE: Chilling WhatsApp from Marli van Breda's ex-boyfriend read out in court

Marli van Breda's ex took the stand in the trial of triple murder accused Henri van Breda.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?