He said: “Are brokers really necessary? Almost two-thirds of people paying a medical aid premium pay a monthly sum to a broker . Many members do not even know they are paying this money every month‚ which by now about R90 per month for each member.
“The amount spent by medical aid members on brokers is R2.2-billion rand. It must be available to serve medical members as brokers are not needed in the health system.”
He will also stop hospital plans — such as those that are often on TV advertising R200 and R300 medical aid schemes — which are‚ in actuality‚ insurance policies‚ and not medical aids. Many only pay consumers money for their third day spent in hospital‚ leaving clients with huge bills.
Motsoaledi also wants medical aid premiums to cost more if you are richer and less if you earn less.
He added that the “rich must subsidise [the] sick”‚ and pay more money towards medical aids. This will be based on what they earn. A lower income earner must pay a lower contribution for the same medical aid.
“The whole point of income tax is that you pay according to your means‚” he said.
Currently‚ the price paid for a medical aid is set by the type of benefits offered and are not related to the member’s salary.
There will also be no waiting period before joining a new medical scheme as is currently the case.
Trustees of medical aids must have proper educational and financial qualifications‚ he said‚ as there are no current requirements for someone to be a trustee.