It’s a crying shame how medaid treated new dad

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It’s a crying shame how medaid treated new dad

Medical aid scheme Genesis rejects newborn baby’s membership and questions dad’s paternity

Consumer journalist

The Council for Medical Schemes appears to have a big job – it regulates 76 medical schemes, 19 administrators, 41 managed care organisations, 1,078 broker organisations and 6,053 individual brokers.

According to its 2019/20 annual report – released two months ago – in that financial reporting year, 8.9 million scheme beneficiaries “looked to and received protection from the CMS through its various regulatory activities”.

That’s the total number of members of all medical schemes in SA and all their beneficiaries, so clearly the report was referring in sweeping terms to the watchdog role it serves rather than the extent of individual protection it offered...

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