CMS forbids Discovery Health and NetcarePlus to sell prepaid vouchers


The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has instructed Discovery Health and NetcarePlus not to sell prepaid vouchers, reported The Citizen (14 December 2020).

"This announcement of enforcement action by the CMS against Discovery Health and NetcarePlus, in terms of section 20 (1) of the Medical Schemes Act, for “conducting the business of a medical scheme” comes after The Citizen asked the CMS if this product is not the same as the Discovery Comprehensive PrimaryCare and Discovery Essential PrimaryCare products that landed Discovery in hot water before."

In the beginning of December Discovery lHealth aunched a new platform offering a R300 voucher for a general practitioner (GP), including the medicines dispensed by the doctor.

In August, the Netcare group launched NetcarePlus GP Vouchers offering competitively priced prepaid vouchers that are redeemable for GP consultations.

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