Court battle over medical aid bid to cut patient benefits

19 June 2015 - 11:23 By Katharine Child

The Department of Health is intending to change the regulation that ensures certain diseases are paid for no matter the cost by medical aids. At the same time‚ a court case over the regulation began in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday.Currently‚ the Medical Schemes Act ensures that prescribed minimum benefits cover 26 chronic diseases‚ 270 other conditions and life-threatening emergencies‚ and have to be paid for “in full” by medical schemes.

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