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Mediclinic News : COMPENSATION FUND FAILURE TO PAY MEDICAL BILLS AUGURS BADLY FOR NHI

Title

COMPENSATION FUND FAILURE TO PAY MEDICAL BILLS AUGURS BADLY FOR NHI

Date

2020-02-06

Link

https://www.medicalbrief.co.za/archives/compensation-fund-failure-to-pay-medical-bills-augurs-badly-for-nhi/

News Description

MEDICAL BRIEF In a failure that could intensify concerns about the administration of the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI), a multi-billion-rand government fund that compensates doctors and therapists for treating injured workers has not settled most of its bills since October 2019. Business Day reports that this is because the Compensation Fund’s new website to record accidents and lodge claims has been dysfunctional since then. Health professionals say this is putting “workers’ lives at risk”. The fund was set up to cover the medical expenses of workers injured on duty and pays thousands of orthopaedic surgeons, doctors, radiologists and physiotherapists to provide medical care at a cost of almost R5.4bn a year, according to its 2019 annual report. The report says the Compensation Fund is the legal model for the NHI fund, which aims to pay for the health care of all South Africans like a state-run medical aid. Health minister Zweli Mkhize said recently the NHI would be run like other government schemes such as the Compensation Fund that “had set a precedent of good governance and accountability”.
Created at 2020/02/10 02:33 PM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2020/02/10 02:33 PM by Mediclinic