healthcareFin24 reports that some healthcare providers who work with the Compensation Fund (CF) have started to retrench staff while others have halted operations, following six months of not being able to log claims with the Fund.  

The CF, which is public entity under the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL), administers compensation relating to the illness, disablement or death of workers caused by occupational injuries or diseases.  Several individuals and associations representing allied healthcare workers who render support services like physiotherapy and occupational therapy released a statement on Saturday indicating that practices were closing down because the CF has not provided payments for services October 2019.  "Practices have steadily been shutting their doors since October 2019, but the situation has become dire as of January 2020, when service providers who manage injury on duty claims on behalf of private practices started informing their clients that they were unable to settle claims," the statement indicates.  Bever Donker of the SA Society of Physiotherapists (SASP) said this problem started in mid-September when the DEL migrated to a new system that health practitioners must use to lodge CF claims.  "The new system has never worked.  Employers aren’t able to register their workers who need compensation, and many of our members have not been able to put their claims through.  There are a few practitioners who have retrenched people already," said Donker.  Physiotherapists, private hospitals, pharmacies and x-ray establishments who initially carried on seeing CF patients without getting payment are apparently unable to carry the costs anymore and have started turning them away.

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