Healthcare industry in flux

According to the Competition Commission’s enquiry into the private healthcare market in South Africa, the private health industry is characterised by a lack of competition, rising prices, minimal transparency and disempowered users. Yet the quality of care in the public sector is often lacking, despite the efforts of dedicated doctors and nurses. Along with the […]

2019: Opportunity for a new insurance compact?

Spare a thought for Momentum and its Ganas Life claim debacle which occurred towards the end of 2018. Momentum was correct in law in avoiding the insured’s life policy for material non-disclosure, a position affirmed by the relevant ombudsman, but lost in the court of public opinion after a social media and public relations firestorm. […]

Not the end of the world as we know it

I look forward to reading the study by Professor Stellenberg at Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. The heading of that statement refers to civil claims against private hospitals sky rocketing due to nursing malpractice. One hundred and twenty-two completed cases were studied, not a particularly large number bearing in mind the thousands […]