The recent GP Expo at Gallagher Estate, Midrand, essentially a networking platform for healthcare professionals such as general practitioners, doctors, clinical leads and primary healthcare professionals, provided an opportunity for MediCoop and strategic partner, Aon South Africa, to showcase specific financial and insurance products for healthcare professionals.

As pointed out by MediCoop Managing Director, Theuns Botha, in his review of this participation, an estimated 17% of the SA population has access to private healthcare via medical schemes, whilst the service delivery of public healthcare is under severe strain due to lack of human, capital and intellectual resources.

“In SA we have 0.8 doctors per 1,000 people,” he noted, “whilst the acceptable average is 3.1 per 1000.

 “The current deficiencies in our health system is prompting the search for innovative ways to improve the current health environment within South Africa. It follows that cooperation and mobilisation of resources between medical practitioners, health providers, funders and government are essential in an industry that is looking for reform,” Botha added.

 Aon South Africa and MediCoop’s agreement paves the way for new doctors entering the daunting practice environment, often fraught with risks and liabilities that can put professional reputation and business and personal assets on the line. In this situation insurance is often seen as a grudge purchase. The agreement is set to assist new doctors to secure their business and personal assets and enable them to grow their new medical businesses, expanding the health economy in this manner.

“In a profession as fraught with risks as healthcare, a professional broker is adept at assessing gaps in cover and ensuring that your policy accounts for your specific needs and risk profile and that there are no exclusions or special conditions that could leave you unknowingly compromised,” Mandy Barrett, Marketing Head of Aon South Africa, added.

*SOURCE: Report supplied by MediCoop Media and Public Relations