The latest press release by the C4MS about an appeal board ruling regarding eligibility criteria for the Government Employees Medical Scheme is not too bad. It tells us what the ruling was, with a little bit of historical background, and explains what it means. This is pretty much what we would expect from a technocratic… Continue reading To the rescue!
Finally some industry news this week – and what interesting news it is! After five years Bestmed and Sanlam are going their separate ways.
I have no idea what he actually looks like but whenever I read anything that has been touched by Stan Eiser I always picture a grizzled old man hacking away on a “document” that will “expose” the medical schemes industry. In my imagination he stops every now and then to shout incoherently at the computer… Continue reading Graaaaaaagh!
One of the things that the proponents of disruptive healthcare reform in South Africa hold up as an example of what is wrong with private healthcare is a phenomenon known as supplier induced demand. Now let’s just be clear – it is not a uniquely South African problem. Other countries have seen this as well.
Discovery Health (and I am not going to bother to distinguish between the administrator and the medical scheme) has a lot in common with Eric Cartman from South Park, particularly when it comes to being overweight, insensitive, self-righteous, and wildly insecure. The event that forever burned this association in my mind was the episode almost… Continue reading You might be Eric Cartman