“Craig Comrie, CEO of Profmed, a medical aid servicing 74 000 professionals including doctors and lawyers, says it would be “undemocratic and unethical” for schemes to decide for members how they’ll spend their money. He said no medical scheme is empowered to use the money set aside in reserves for someone else, especially without asking the members’ permission,” wrote Rob Rose in Financial Mail (10 Feb 2021)

“Comrie added that members should be asked to vote on this, and only then could such a decision be

taken. Profmed, unlike other schemes, has done just that: this week, it sent out a survey to its members.

This follows the recent comment of Ronald Whelan, Discovery Health’s chief commercial officer, that for each vaccine bought for a medical aid member, one could be bought for someone who wasn’t a member.

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