The draft Medical Schemes Amendment Bill 2018 was published on the 21st of June 2018. Government believes that it’s going to make things cheaper. But is that true? 10 changes are on the cards and open for public comment. In this article we will concentrate on two important ones. Keep in mind the fact that these changes are happening in conjunction with the roll out of National Health Insurance (NHI).

NHI, if you don’t know, is compulsory for those in formal employment. We will contribute towards a national health plan for the benefit of all South Africans with a focus on primary health care and hospitalisation.

We can’t see NHI as being cheap, which is maybe why the Amendment Bill is being introduced. If costs don’t reduce then you’ll be left with no option other than downgrade or cancel your medical aid plan.