Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi insists there is nothing sinister in asking medical schemes for members’ particular, and the department knows some schemes do not want this information to be available as they have much to hide. He was responding on Monday night to DA claims that requests for the information from medical schemes were an unlawful breach of privacy. The Department of Health asked medical schemes for names and addresses of all members for use in a central government database. DA health spokesman Wilmot James said: "The state has no right to our personal information and the Council for Medical Schemes has no business providing it. It cannot be that national government asks a national institution to break our own laws."

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