As the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) held its annual conference in Cape Town this week under the banner “A roadmap to Universal Healthcare”, sources said an alternative organisation representing schemes and their administrators was in the process of being established and was expected to be launched this year.

It was expected that this organisation would take a stronger line in promoting the role of medical schemes as a funder of private healthcare under the National Health Insurance (NHI). The BHF’s membership roll revealed that it has lost some support as more schemes and their administrators have left the organisation. The BHF now represents 48 out of 83 South African medical schemes, seven administrators and one managed care organisation. It also includes a few medical schemes and administrators from neighbouring countries, such as Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia…..more