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Medical Schemes Act 'discriminates'

Jul 24 2012 10:59 Sapa

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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.

 
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