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Medical Schemes Act 'discriminates'

2012-07-24 10:59

Johannesburg - National consumer commissioner Mamodupi Mahlala-Mulaudzi wants a clause in the Medical Schemes Act declared unconstitutional for discriminating against pregnant women, according to a report on Tuesday.

Sake24 reported that three medical schemes had received a notice that the commissioner had started legal steps to address a clause allowing medical schemes to insist on waiting periods for new members.

The commissioner argued that this clause discriminated against new members who were pregnant, because these women would not be covered when they gave birth.

 

Comments
  • ronald.vanhoven - 2012-07-24 11:58

    Well, then it also discriminate against men based on prostate cancer. I think the consumer commissioner did not think this one through.

  • Pulverturm - 2012-07-24 12:26

    Uhm, that's great, so get pregnant, suddenly realise how much it's going to cost to have the baby, then join a medical aid so that it and all it's members can fit the bill!

  • Madeleine Abrahams - 2012-07-24 20:16

    Opening a can of worms here!

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