Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi presented proposals to shake up the medical aid industry to a cabinet committee in May. Among his submissions was a proposal to introduce uniform tariffs for services and prohibit copayments, a move that could prove a game changer for the industry and consumers. The changes are contained in the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill. Motsoaledi says the new rules on benefits, prices and governance will give consumers a better deal. But the devil will be in the detail, and the industry is waiting with bated breath for the gazetting of the bill. It is clear, however, that the bill seeks to improve the regulation of the medical schemes industry and align the regulatory framework to the changes that have taken place over the past decade. In relation to giving the consumer a better deal, a further primary aim of the bill is to regulate medical schemes in such a way that copayments for healthcare will be eliminated and that a uniform tariff structure for healthcar...

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