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Mediclinic News : GEMS’ PRIVATE HEALTHCARE BENEFIT CRITICISED IN LIGHT OF NHI

Title

GEMS’ PRIVATE HEALTHCARE BENEFIT CRITICISED IN LIGHT OF NHI

Date

2019-11-13

Link

https://www.medicalbrief.co.za/archives/gems-private-healthcare-benefit-criticised-in-light-of-nhi/

News Description

MEDICAL BRIEF Trade union Solidarity has criticised the recent decision by the government’s biggest medical scheme to guarantee private hospital care to all its members, saying it was an admission of the state’s failure to run an effective public healthcare system. Business Day reports that last week the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) announced that even its lowest-paid members would from January 2020 have cover for private hospital admissions, as part of its efforts to standardise the benefits across its different options. Solidarity said: “While Solidarity welcomes the decision itself and believes that all South Africans should have access to private medical care, (it) sheds light on the state’s incoherent behaviour which, on the one hand, regards National Health Insurance (NHI) as a highly necessary intervention, but then negotiates access to private services for their own officials.”
Created at 2019/11/19 08:35 AM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2019/11/19 08:35 AM by Mediclinic