SA’s biggest medical scheme administrator Discovery Health plans to introduce hefty fees to assess the effectiveness of medical devices such as glucose monitors, drawing sharp criticism from a supplier body group that has warned its members would be forced to pass on the costs to patients.

In a letter seen by Business Day, the SA Medical Technology Industry Association (Samed) indicated that Discovery Health intends to start charging companies from the beginning of July for its evaluations of whether their devices are worth paying for.

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