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EDITED BY AN­GELIQUE RUZICKA

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60% OF CRIT­I­CAL ILL­NESS CLAIMS MADE BY WOMEN DUE TO CANCER

Crit­i­cal ill­nesses, such as cancer and heart dis­ease, are alarm­ingly wide­spread among women in South Africa. In ad­di­tion to the phys­i­cal and emo­tional bur­den that comes with be­ing di­ag­nosed with a dread dis­ease, many of these women may also face un­ex­pected fi­nan­cial hard­ships as a re­sult.

The lat­est fig­ures from Stats SA showed that cere­brovas­cu­lar dis­ease (which causes strokes), hy­per­ten­sive dis­ease and other forms of heart dis­ease were all in the top five nat­u­ral causes of death among women in 2015. In ad­di­tion, some mem­bers of the As­so­ci­a­tion for Sav­ings and Investment SA re­ported that more than 60% of crit­i­cal ill­ness claims made by women in 2016 were as a re­sult of cancer.

WARN­ING ABOUT DEAL­ING WITH OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES IN­VEST­MENTS STOKVEL CLUB

The Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Board (FSB) warns the pub­lic against con­duct­ing fi­nan­cial ser­vices busi­ness with Op­por­tu­ni­ties In­vest­ments, trad­ing as Op­por­tu­ni­ties In­vest­ments Stokvel Club, as the en­tity is not an au­tho­rised fi­nan­cial ser­vices provider (FSP).

It has been brought to the reg­is­trar’s at­ten­tion that Op­por­tu­ni­ties In­vest­ments pur­ports to have been is­sued with the FSP num­ber 8355. The reg­is­trar’s records show that this num­ber was can­celled. There­fore, no en­tity may claim that it is au­tho­rised to ren­der fi­nan­cial ser­vices un­der the num­ber.

The FSB again re­minds con­sumers who wish to pro­cure fi­nan­cial ser­vices from an in­sti­tu­tion or per­son to check be­fore­hand with the FSB on the toll free num­ber (0800 110 443) or on the web­site fsb.co.za whether or not the in­sti­tu­tion or per­son is au­tho­rised to ren­der fi­nan­cial ser­vices.

COMMED MEM­BERS MUST NOT BE TREATED AS PRI­VATE

Ac­cord­ing to the Coun­cil for Med­i­cal Schemes (CMS), com­mu­ni­ca­tion has been is­sued ad­vis­ing pri­vate hos­pi­tals and phar­ma­cies to treat ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the Com­mu­nity Med­i­cal Aid Scheme (Commed) as pri­vate pa­tients, fol­low­ing the place­ment of the scheme un­der pro­vi­sional cu­ra­tor­ship.

“This ap­proach is in­cor­rect, as it places ben­e­fi­cia­ries at a dis­ad­van­taged po­si­tion. Commed is con­tin­u­ing to func­tion as a reg­is­tered med­i­cal scheme in line with the pro­vi­sions of the Med­i­cal Schemes Act, and should be re­garded as such,” the CMS said in a state­ment.

It fur­ther urged all health­care ser­vice providers to con­tinue to treat Commed ben­e­fi­cia­ries as mem­bers of the scheme, and not as pri­vate pa­tients. It said that any­one af­fected by this com­mu­niqué must bring the mat­ter to the at­ten­tion of the scheme im­me­di­ately. Commed is an open med­i­cal scheme that was founded in 1989. It was orig­i­nally reg­is­tered as Bopmed and served the for­mer Bo­phuthatswana. It changed its name in 1995 when all the home­lands were in­te­grated into the Repub­lic of South Africa.

THIR­TEEN FUNERAL SCHEMES UN­DER IN­VES­TI­GA­TION

The FSB is in­ves­ti­gat­ing 13 en­ti­ties sell­ing funeral poli­cies and is warn­ing the pub­lic against pur­chas­ing poli­cies from these com­pa­nies. They in­clude Matome Molefe Funeral Ser­vice; Ey­o­didi Funeral Un­der­tak­ers; Bax­olise Fu­ner­als; Zelda’s Wreaths and Coffins; City Fu­ner­als; Devine Ca­sia; Ndikhokhele Ye­hova Funeral Ser­vice; In­fini­tum Funeral As­sist; Tswelopele Fu­ner­als; It­shereletso Fu­ner­als; Nom and Macc Funeral Ser­vices; Botlhe Funeral Un­der­tak­ers and M&P Funeral Ser­vices.

The FSB said it had asked these com­pa­nies to pro­vide proof that their funeral poli­cies were un­der­writ­ten by a reg­is­tered long-term in­sur­ance com­pany as re­quired by law and were given 10 days to re­spond.

“The en­ti­ties have ei­ther failed to re­spond to this re­quest or have failed to con­firm that their funeral po­lices are un­der­writ­ten by a reg­is­tered long-term in­sur­ance com­pany,” the FSB said in a state­ment.

If you have any queries about these com­pa­nies, con­tact Mil­ton Se­baka on 012 422 2875.

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