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Medical aid for domestics 'sustainable'

Feb 27 2013 10:54 Sapa
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Johannesburg - An affordable, private healthcare scheme for domestic workers is sustainable, CareCross Health Group said on Wednesday.

The group said in a statement it had been providing low cost healthcare to lower and middle-income workers since 1998.

The Star reported on Tuesday that the SA Domestic Services and Allied Workers' Union had raised concerns that only a healthcare plan devised by the health department would adequately serve the needs of domestic workers.

CareCross said its newly launched DomestiCare, which was aimed at domestic workers, was based on a model it had been running for six years.

Unlike pension schemes, which require lifelong commitment, the DomestiCare product had immediate benefits and did not depend on long-term employment.

DomestiCare was not linked to the State and was not compulsory, but could bridge the gap between private sector health providers and low-wage domestic workers.

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