Commed mem­bers switched to Boni­tas

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ALL COM­MU­NITY Med­i­cal Aid Scheme (Commed) mem­bers have been moved to Boni­tas fol­low­ing it be­ing placed un­der cu­ra­tor­ship.

Last month Commed was placed un­der pro­vi­sional cu­ra­tor­ship un­der ad­vo­cate Deon van Wyk by the high court.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment, Van Wyk re­alised the med­i­cal aid scheme had se­ri­ous fi­nan­cial is­sues and this was re­ported to the Coun­cil of Med­i­cal Schemes. Some of the rea­sons Commed was placed un­der cu­ra­tor­ship in­clude the pay­ment of bonuses to the scheme’s prin­ci­pal of­fi­cer out­side her em­ploy­ment con­tract and ir­reg­u­lar ad­vance pay­ments made to All­care, the scheme’s ad­min­is­tra­tor.

In an ef­fort to pro­tect med­i­cal aid scheme clients, the reg­is­trar in­structed Van Wyk to en­sure that mem­bers were not prej­u­diced by Commed’s state of af­fairs. Van Wyk has now ne­go­ti­ated with an­other med­i­cal aid scheme, Boni­tas, to take on Commed mem­bers from this month.

“In terms of the agree­ment reached be­tween Commed and Boni­tas, all mem­bers will be moved with­out un­der­writ­ing and with­out wait­ing pe­ri­ods be­ing ap­plied. This means that mem­bers will trans­fer to Boni­tas with­out break in cover. All claims payable in terms of ser­vices ob­tained by mem­bers un­til Au­gust 6, 2017, will be paid by Commed, and all claims in­curred from Au­gust 7, 2017, will be cov­ered by Boni­tas,” the state­ment said.

Commed mem­bers who don’t want to re­main with Boni­tas or who want to change their al­lo­cated ben­e­fit op­tions must con­tact Boni­tas.

“The schemes are con­fi­dent that the move of the Commed mem­bers to Boni­tas is in the in­ter­ests of the mem­bers,” the state­ment said.

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