The Solutionist Thinkers, the group of medical health practitioners who protested at the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) Midrand offices this morning, has demanded that the council now intervenes in racial profiling practices as revealed in the Section 59 investigation report.
The memorandum, the CMS has confirmed in a subsequent statement, reiterates issues that were ventilated by the Section 59 Investigation panel, chaired by Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi SC.
In January this year the panel issued an interim report which indicated that Discovery, Medscheme and GEMS had been unfairly classifying black health professionals as likely to commit fraud. Comments were invited and these were due 5 April.
“The protest action of today,” the statement acknowledges, “is preceded by several difficult but fruitful engagements between the CMS and Solutionist Thinkers in finding a solution to the dispute over the application of Section 59 of the Medical Schemes Act.
“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic affecting work progress on many fronts, the CMS made extensive comments that may go a long way to resolve the disputes raised in the Section 59 Investigation.
“As a creature of statute,” it continues, “the CMS and all its powers fall within the provisions of the Medical Schemes Act (131 of 1998). As such, the CMS urges Solutionist Thinkers to assist in the process of resolving the disputes under section 59 in terms of the law.”
Finding a solution to the dispute remains a pressing problem “which the CMS wants to resolve as much as the Solutionist Thinkers”.
SOURCE: CMS Media Statement