MotsoalediBDLive reports that Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said in Parliament on Thursday that SA’s cumbersome and inefficient compensation system for injured and ill workers desperately needed reform.  

Injured workers have to apply to various entities overseen by different departments depending on the nature of their medical condition.  Also, the institutions responsible for assessing claims and paying them are grappling with such huge backlogs that people can wait years for their money.  The Radiological Society of SA and 19 individual radiology practices are suing the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund for R12.5m in outstanding claims for their services.  The Health Department’s Compensation Commission for Occupational Diseases, which deals solely with mineworkers who contract lung diseases, takes on average 50 months to pay out approved claims.  Motsoaledi indicated that the deputy ministers of mineral resources, labour and health were working on a new legislative framework that would see all workers compensated from a single fund.

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