The Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) held a media launch in Cape Town on November 7 to announce its benefit enhancements and member contribution increases for 2020, which was attended by various media houses and stakeholders in government and the health-care sector. Had the Solidarity Research Institute’s Morné Malan been in attendance, he would have received the full picture of the 2020 benefit enhancements (“Private hospital care for public servants is hypocritical, says Solidarity (”, November 10). 

One of the announcements made at the launch was the change in name of the Sapphire option to Tanzanite One, with bigger and better benefits. This is one of the scheme’s flagship and lowest-cost options for public service employees on salary levels one to five. Our Sapphire members previously had access to private hospitals, but for li...

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