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12 September 2011

HASA responds to CMS annual report

Comments about private hospitals made by the Council for Medical Schemes in its annual report are inappropriate says the Hospital Association of South Africa.

Comments about private hospitals made by the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) in its 2010/2011 annual report are inappropriate and arguably intent on being divisive says the Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA).

“The CMS’ call for the regulation of private hospital fees is misplaced. On the one hand, the CMS states that the medical scheme population is ageing, presenting with a greater burden of disease and increasing length of stay, yet it fails to make the obvious link between the beneficiary profile and consequent demand for more hospitalisation and intensive medical care – all of which costs much more and results in a far higher spend on private hospitalisation which is not price driven,” says Matlala.

 
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