Poorly designed and unamended prescribed minimum benefits (PMBs), while well intended, have ballooned out of control, costing funders billions and ramping up medical inflation, according to Prof Morgan Chetty, the head of the Independent Practitioners Association Foundation (Ipaf). He also accused some doctors of colluding with patients to claim in a skewed “sick care” environment.

Chetty, who is a member of the KwaZulu-Natal Doctors’ Healthcare Coalition, was responding to comments by the Board of Healthcare Funders, executives, a Discovery Health clinical excellence chief, and Unben Pillay, the CEO of the Alliance of South African Independent Private Practitioners Association...

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