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Scam hurts patients

By Sapa | Nov 19, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 3 ]

The bhabhaza medical aid scheme fraud by doctors and members will push up premiums for all members and make them unaffordable, according to a report

The Star newspaper reported that the fraud is by doctors who give a medical scheme member cash, then claim the money and more back from the medical aid, even though they might not have treated the patients.

The newspaper reported that the scheme was widespread amongst civil servants.

Lynette Swanepoel from the Healthcare Forensic Management Unit said if the premiums become unaffordable many people would have to turn to government hospitals and clinics which are already under pressure.

She said that irregular activities and the over-use of funds cost the medical scheme industry R5- to R8 billion a year.

Health Professions Council of SA spokeswoman Bertha Peters-Scheeoers told the Star that it was a real concern.

“A small number of unscrupulous individuals are engaging in this criminal behaviour; bringing the highly regarded profession of medical doctors into disrepute,” she told the newspaper.

Those involved in the bhabhaza said they were entitled to their money whether it was used for medical reasons or not, the Star reported.

The Government Employee Medical Scheme appears to be the worst-hit and confirmed a number of cases were under investigation.

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Shows how hungry we are.

Nov 19, 2012 9:33 | 0 replies

Ja nee its a war now really almal is greedy tjo

Nov 19, 2012 12:55 | 0 replies

Why can SARS not identify the sudden peaks in someone's bank account or spending habits? Are they incapable of such investigations or is it simply too much work to investigate the paper trail? They are always keen to hit the general public with fines without warning for late or outstanding payments. A curteous reminder or warning could do so much to assist people who are less intellegent, and who would automatically seek help when confronted with documents they do not understand.
Until SARS do their job more thouroughly and make people aware 'there is no play to hide', this type of exploitation will persist.

Nov 25, 2012 8:17 | 0 replies