Discovery Health CEO Jonathan Broomberg said that unnecessary private hospital stays and inexperienced emergency room doctors are partly to blame for their high medical aid premiums.
In an interview with The City Press, Broomberg said inexperienced emergency room doctors often admit patients to see specialists the next day – which results in high costs.
He said younger members only join medical aid schemes when they are ready to start a family, which then means that they use more funds that what they contribute.
Broomberg said healthcare inflation was not to blame for high medical aid fees, but rather members who overused the services.
The full report is available in the City Press of 6 March 2016.