Browsing Archive: February, 2010

An interesting fact about medical aids

Posted by Young on Thursday, February 25, 2010,
Few people realise how much money medical aid administrators consume to administer the business of processing medical aid claims. One of the biggest medical aids in the country takes 15% of the total member payments for administration and profit.

This is put into perspective when one realises that this is the same total amount as every consulting doctor in the country combined.

The medical aid has staff of about 4500, and I estimate no more than ten office complexes around the country. Consulti...
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Let's discuss fees!

Posted by Young on Wednesday, February 24, 2010,
Part of transparent and open medical care is an up-front discussion of costs and expected fees.

For consultations I work close to the old 'medical rate' whenever possible because I do many rooms-based procedures, and these amount to a figure I consider fair return for my services. For prolonged consultations or complicated issues, i.e. longer than 20 minutes I will apply code 0191. Most medical aids do not remunerate code 0191.

For operations I base my fees on 'private rates' which may be signi...
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About Me

Martin Young I am eternally restless, always pushing the boundaries, an early adopter, obsessive about the things I am interested in, a bit hyperactive, and an adrenaline junkie! My poor wife!! She has given me two beautiful children and a home to grow old in! I owe her everything I have. I write as a hobby, and contribute to medical publications, and international blogs on medicine. I play guitar, sing a bit (not very well!), write music, and lead worship for our local Vineyard church. I have a hard-won faith, found by the long and difficult route, in a God who loves us equally and passionately, and His Son, Jesus, who died that we might live lives of eternity.


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