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Updated 12 December 2013

Robbing the medical scheme

Some 180 billion euros is lost globally every year to fraud and error in healthcare - enough to quadruple the World Health Organisation's and Unicef's budgets and control malaria in Africa, experts say.

Some 180 billion euros is lost globally every year to fraud and error in healthcare - enough to quadruple the World Health Organisation's and Unicef's budgets and control malaria in Africa, experts say.

Healthcare fraud happens in SA too – ask any medical scheme. The temptation can be great. It costs you thousands every month and it is natural to want to get your due.

But if you are making fraudulent claims, or buying vitamins for your sister on your medical scheme, you are actually stealing from yourself. If the reserves of a medical scheme are reduced, it could mean that everyone's benefits could be reduced as time goes by. Yours included.

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