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06 July 2011

Medical scheme rip-off?

In 2008, the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) applied to be exempt from the provisions of the Competitions Act. Is this an attempt to rip off the consumer even further?

In 2008, the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) let it be known it had applied to be exempt from the provisions of the Competitions Act. What's happening here? Why do they feel they want to collude? Is this an attempt to rip off the consumer even further?

The basics
What is actually going on, and why should we take note?

  • The medical scheme members (represented by the regulating body, the Council for Medical Schemes – CMS)
  • Medical schemes themselves (represented by the Board of Healthcare Funders - BHF)
  • Private healthcare providers (represented by, among others, the South African Medical Association – SAMA – and the Hospital Association of South Africa - HASA)
  • The government (represented by the health department)

 
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