File: The medical aid administrator, which is in charge of Discovery, has made its submission at the Council for Medical Schemes.
JOHANNESBURG - Medical aid members may no longer have to worry about forking out high-co-payments if they do not use the network of doctors assigned by their schemes.
In a new notice in Government Gazette, the Council for Medical Schemes has declared this practice 'undesirable'.
The CMS and the Department of Health say the practice has prevented many healthcare service providers, including independent community pharmacies, the opportunity to join medical aid schemes' service provider networks.
The Council will be publishing new guidelines on co-payments in 180 days.