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psaTimeslive reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) has welcomed “with caution” aspects of the proposed Medical Schemes Amendment Bill and the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill announced on Thursday.  

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced a number of changes to the Medical Schemes Amendment Act, including the eradication of co-payments for medical aid members when medical aids did not cover their full doctor or hospital bills.  The PSA’s Ivan Fredericks commented:  “The PSA is of the view that if more people have adequate access to primary healthcare‚ the country will be on its way to restoring human dignity.  The abolishment of medical co-payments is especially welcomed as relief for workers who struggle with monthly medical-aid scheme contributions.”  However the union, which represents more than 240‚000 public sector employees‚ cautioned that the amendments should ensure that medical aid schemes and service providers did not have flexibility to simply adjust premiums and fees to recover costs.

  • Read this report by Nomahlubi Jordaan in full at Timeslive
  • Read the PSA’s press statement in this regard at SA Labour News

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