Commed members switched to Bonitas
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.