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healthcareBL Premium reports that in a long-running battle over the use of third-party companies, doctors who treat employees injured at work say they will stop providing their services if the Compensation Fund (CF) insists on weeding them out.

An employee injured while working is treated by doctors or physiotherapists who are then paid by the CF, which receives employer contributions. In a process that is administratively onerous with payments from the fund sometimes taking more than 400 days, most medical service providers use companies that pay them for treating patients injured on duty upfront and then claim from the fund on their behalf. But for two years and using three separate pieces of proposed legislation, the CF has tried to outlaw the use of these companies, referred to as third-party administrators. In October, CF commissioner Vuyo Mafata gazetted for public comment rules that would stop the fund from paying third-party providers. The SA Medical Association (Sama) surveyed its members last week on the proposed rules and reported that 76% of those who worked with people injured on duty would have no choice but to stop treating these patients if the rules took effect. The gazetted rules are the third attempt to force doctors and therapists to deal directly with the fund for payment. Sama, the National Employers Association of SA and the Injured Workers Action Group (Iwag) have met the CF commissioner and Minister of Labour about the issue in recent weeks.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Katharine Child at BusinessLive (subscriber access only)

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