Prof Alex van den Heever

Two of South Africa’s foremost health sector commentators, Christoff Raath (below), of Insight Actuaries and Consultants, and Prof Alex van den Heever (above), Chair, Social Security Systems Administration and Management studies at the Wits School of Governance, will be unpacking probably the most significant developments in the sector to date, firstly those associated with fraud waste and abuse (FWA), the recently signed-off Presidential Health Compact and the NHI Bill at an Institute for Health Risk Managers (IHRM) Seminar in Johannesburg next Friday, 23 August*.

Christoff Raath

FWA has become top of mind within the sector in recent months, kicking off with the Council for Medical Schemes’ (CMS) FWA Summit in February, subsequent allegations of racial profiling as well as the formation of a Steering Group to look into Section 59 of the Medical Schemes Act.

Prompted by recent developments relating to medical claims – not least FWA – Raath’s consultancy has conducted an industry-wide, high level claims analysis exercise, an overview of which he will be presenting at the seminar.

Van den Heever will be giving one of his first public appraisals on the Presidential Health Compact, sharing his views on what it means for the health sector and how it will interact with the NHI Bill.

In short, objective of the compact – the culmination of multi-stakeholder deliberations initiated at the October Presidential Health Summit and signed off by President Cyril Ramaphosa at a ceremony in Garankua, last week – is to commit all stakeholders to implementing the interventions discussed at the Summit in a collective bid to meet the country’s many health delivery, accessibility and affordability challenges.

*Seminar details:

Date:        Friday 23 August 2019

Time:        08:30 for 09:00 to 12:00

Venue:     Glenhove Conference and Training Centre, 52 Glenhove Road, Melrose Estate,

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