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Medical schemes trustees coining it

Sep 07 2011 08:03 Sapa

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Johannesburg - Ten non-profit medical schemes in South Africa spent a total of more than R28m on salaries for trustees in 2010, The Times reported on Wednesday.

The head of compliance and investigations at the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), Stephen Mmatli, said payments to trustees had increased over the years in a "concerning" trend.

"The whole argument is that the bulk of your costs must go to healthcare, not lining your pockets."

He told the newspaper that trustee remuneration was meant to be a stipend rather than a salary. Trustees' salaries were contributing to rising costs of medical aids.

Being a trustee was "now seen as a career", even though the duties of the position meant short meetings four times a year, he said.

A recent CMS report revealed that the council wished to replace the entire board of two medical schemes who over-inflated trustees' salaries, among other things.

 
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