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About Us

 

GetMed provides administration and risk management solutions for small to medium sized health and wellness business

units such as sick funds, health insurance companies, employer groups or social affinity groups that offer health and

wellness benefits to their members mainly from the low to middle income communities.

The products managed by GetMed are designed to meet the needs of the many people from the low and middle income

groups that cannot afford the high cost of subscribing to standard medical scheme offerings, but aspire to provide

themselves with essential protection against the financial burden of medical care.

GetMed is contracted to manage the following plans:

 

GetMed is also contracted to provide specific administration services in respect of the following plans:

 

The GetMed office, located in Centurion, Gauteng, opened for business under its new management team on 1 June

2004.

 

GetMed's goal is to provide high quality health and wellness benefits administration and risk management at an

affordable cost to business units focusing their products on the low and middle income market.

 

The GetMed managed care plans are targeted at clients with at least 300 members. Such clients can be employer

groups, employee groups, broker groups or loyalty groups. As the commercial offering of health and wellness benefits to the low to middle income market segments in South Africa ranges from non-existent to inadequate, GetMed will grow

with its clients as the market grows and matures. Clients are able to select from various levels of service, which will be tailored to their needs:

 

Basic administration of flexible health savings accounts;

GetMed uses uncomplicated administration service level agreements as well as franchise agreements depending on the

client specific requirements to record the various arrangements with its clients. GetMed markets its services through

business associates, insurance brokers, local businesses, and professional associations.

GetMed has been established as a private company when the GetMed business was bought from Igolide during 2004 in

terms on a management buyout. It is GetMed’s vision to become the health and wellness risk manager of choice for

those business units that carry out their activities based on people employed from the low to middle economic class.

 

What does managed care mean in the GetMed context?

 

It is GetMed’s mission to provide integrated managed care solutions that will address the needs of the beneficiary, the

health care provider as well as the plan assuring access to affordable health care of the best quality on a sustainable

basis. In essence, our approach to managed care refers both to programs that coordinate, rationalise, and channel the

delivery of care for defined health events. Managed care differs from conventional health insurance in that GetMed

enters into arrangements with providers to provide defined health services in terms of managed care protocols. In

contrast, a conventional insurer underwrites the coverage without becoming involved in the delivery system.

 

GetMed managed care is hands-on health insurance, it combines the responsibility for paying for a defined set of health

services with an active program to control the costs associated with providing those services, while at the same time

attempting to control the quality of and access to those services.

 

The goals of GetMed managed care are to ensure that -

 

To be considered medically indicated, the health service you receive must be:

1.     Essential to prevent, diagnose and/or treat a specific condition.

2.     Specifically related to the condition being treated or evaluated.

3.     Provided in the most medically appropriate setting; for example in an out-patient setting rather than in a hospital or in-patient facility, unless the services cannot be provided safely in an out-patient setting.

GetMed implements a managed care model that is funded by one of the following mechanisms:

1.     Flexible Health Savings Account regulated by the Financial Services Board;

2.     Sick benefit fund registered in terms of the Labour relations Act, 1956;

3.     Short term health insurance registered in terms of the Short Term Insurance Act, 1998;

 

Why do we authorise access to health services?

 

GetMed applies a policy to authorise every access to health services. The reasons for this policy are to enhance our

relationship with the provider and the member in the following ways:

In an effort to keep down the costs of the plan, GetMed negotiates tariffs at levels that are lower or equal to that what other health plans pay for similar services. For the higher options of certain plans GetMed agrees to refund health

services at the NHRPL tariffs. As a quid pro quo GetMed undertakes to pay the provider within 72 hours from the date

that an electronic claim has been received.

 

GetMed also negotiates the use of treatment guidelines and medicine formularies that are scientifically and economically justifiable ensuring affordable outcomes based health care.

  

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