Health insurers livid as council cuts cord on primary healthcare cover
The Council for Medical Schemes says policies are expensive, provide low-value benefits, and over-promise and under-deliver
Medical insurers will engage the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) over its decision to strip private-sector primary healthcare cover from about half a million South Africans from March 2021.
The CMS decision, late last year, to no longer grant exemptions for the insurance options comes at a time when there are few viable alternatives in place as National Health Insurance (NHI) is still many years away from offering primary healthcare cover, and medical schemes remain unaffordable and obliged to offer expensive hospital cover. ..