Regulator’s request to medical aids meets with some resistance

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Regulator’s request to medical aids meets with some resistance

Katharine Child | 2017-01-30 15:02:31.0

he medical aid regulator wants a database of every single medical aid’s member’s details.

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Timeslive asked the three biggest medical aids if they have passed on members’ details and addresses as instructed by the Council for Medical schemes.

The medical aid regulator wants a database of every single medical aid’s member’s details.

The Democratic Alliance has cited concerns about privacy of members‚ saying such a request is unconstitutional and illegal.

Discovery Health administrator that manages the claims of Discovery Health Medical Scheme and 18 other medical aids said it had not passed the millions of members’ details on.

CEO of Discovery Health Jonathan Broomberg said it had “concerns about members’ privacy” and was working with the regulator to manage their requests in a way that would not affect members.

Liziwe Nkonyana‚ spokesperson for the largest closed scheme‚ the Government Employee Medical Scheme‚ said it had not handed over the details.

“The Government Employees Medical Scheme has never and would never compromise the information of its members as this is against the law‚ as well as contrary to the rules of the Scheme.”

But Bonitas Medical Scheme‚ the third largest medical aid‚ refused to comment. After three days of requests‚ it said it could not comment or respond at this time.

The regulator has denied that the request is illegal and a breach of the constitutional right to privacy.

Health Department spokesman Joe Maila has said it wants details of medical aid members stored in a central data base so that it can bill those who use state hospitals and do not pay the required amount.

– TMG Digital/TimesLIVE



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