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Mediclinic News : MEDICAL SCHEMES AND THE NHI: A COMPLEMENTARY RELATIONSHIP

Title

MEDICAL SCHEMES AND THE NHI: A COMPLEMENTARY RELATIONSHIP

Date

2019-10-07

Link

http://businessmediamags.co.za/lifestyle/sunday-times-healthy-times/medical-schemes-and-the-nhi-a-complementary-relationship-2/

News Description

BUSINESS MEDIA MAGS South Africa’s healthcare landscape will change significantly once the National Health Insurance (NHI) comes into effect. But experts say medical aids won’t become obsolete. While the NHI remains a work in progress in terms of policy and planning, medical aid members and schemes worry about the future. For now, at least not any time soon, nothing will change. As a 2017 NHI White Paper stipulates: until the new system is fully implemented and operational, things will stay business as usual. The question is: What will happen to medical aid schemes once the NHI kicks in? According to Gerhard van Emmenis, principal officer of Bonitas Medical Fund, South Africa’s second largest open medical scheme, one of the first changes will be a decline in the number of medical schemes. “From what I understand, once the NHI is a fact, there will be three or four medical aids left. These will serve as complementary health product providers and will fill the gaps left by the NHI,” he says.
Created at 2019/10/14 10:44 AM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2019/10/14 10:44 AM by Mediclinic