CMASA Western Cape Newsletter 2016
Happy New Year!
As we look back on the year behind please take time to ponder on the good times and the things that made you smile. 2016 heralds a new beginning for us all so let’s embrace the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those we meet along the way. CMASA is moving forward with bigger strides than ever before, our membership continues to grow and our network is expanding. In order to cater for cost increases we have had to put through a membership fee increase of 10%, this is the first increase in 6 years. The new fees will be R330 for professional members and R165 for non-professionals. Employees of our corporate member companies will continue to receive a discount on their membership fees.
Market Concentration Trends in the Private Healthcare Industry
The Competition Commission (CC) started with the enquiry into South Africa’s private healthcare sector at the beginning of 2014.
One of the underlying themes emphasised in the background papers and terms of reference published by the CC is the increased consolidation in the private hospital market and the effect this may have on competitive dynamics. It is therefore important to understand market concentration in the private healthcare sector. This research note considers historical trends in market concentration of private hospitals, medical schemes and administrators. It finds that whereas the market concentration of private hospitals has remained relatively stable since 2004, the market concentration of medical schemes and administrators has increased over this period.
Advanced Health - Message from the CEO, Carl Grillenberger
In time, I am sure that 2015 will be remembered as one of the most exciting years in the history of our young company.
In Australia, the foundation was laid for the opening of the Chatswood Private Hospital and the merger of Ophthalmic Surgery Centre and Sydney ENT & Facial Day Surgery Centre into the new flaghip facility, creating the only dedicated eye and ENT private hospital in Sydney. In South Africa, we opened three day hospitals and are on track to open four more in 2016. It was a year of hard work and dedication and I thank each team member, on behalf of the board, for your valuable contributions in growing our company.
The real cost of designated service providers
By Otto Wypkema*
A Designated Service Provider (DSP) is defined in Chapter 3 of the regulations of the Medical Schemes Act as ‘a health care provider or group of providers selected by the medical scheme concerned as the preferred provider to provide to its members diagnosis, treatment and care in respect of one or more prescribed benefit conditions’.
In addition, other legislation impacts on the practice of nominating preferred or designated healthcare practitioners. Examples include competition law, the rules of the Health Professions Council for South Africa (HPCSA) promulgated in terms of the Health Professions Act and the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act.