Private care exposed as costly, insensitive

skinculture4-300x169After a week of public hearings into private healthcare, medical aids came out looking insensitive, while fees charged by hospitals and specialists were also hammered. A man mortgages his house to pay his hospital bill after a heart attack, although his medical aid is supposed to pay the entire bill. Another waits 18 months for medical aid approval for a life-saving procedure and only gets it after his specialist lodges a complaint. Cancer patients’ benefits run out in the middle of chemotherapy, yet if they’re hospitalised for cancer-related complications, this will be paid for….more

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