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South Africa legislates to extend private health insurance

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 08 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:78
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    Private health care in South Africa is due for a radical overhaul as the new Medical Schemes Act comes into force. The new law—intended to change the face of medical insurance in the country—was passed at the end of 1998, but its regulations come into effect only this month.

    A likely consequence of the act—and tougher economic circumstances—will be the more visible appearance of managed care in South African. With this in mind, the government has included regulations on managed care to avoid some of the pitfalls of the US system.

    The new law has been designed to ensure that more …

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