The South African Medical Association (SAMA) wishes to express its deep concern at recent media reports about alleged corruption at the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS). Similar reports concerning corruption at the council surfaced in 2013.
The CMS oversees a significant and critical sector. There are 97 medical schemes in South Africa with approximately 8.7 million beneficiaries between them. Collectively, the total annual scheme contribution amounts to almost R 120 billion.
As the regulator of these medical schemes, the role of the CMS is to protect members of the medical schemes.
SAMA would like to appeal to the Board of the CMS to speedily address the current allegations levelled against the Registrar, who is a critical cog in the governance of the CMS. This will be important in order not only to restore the credibility of the CMS in the view of the public but also to restore the confidence of all medical aid members in the ability of the Council to execute its functions.
SAMA also appeals to the Department of Health to exert its influence to ensure a resolution of the potential problems at the CMS so as to protect the interests of the members of the medical aid schemes.