SAMED are active members of the Presidential Health Sector Anti-Corruption Forum (HSACF) which was established in 2018. The HSACF, led by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), was established to combat rising corruption within the health sector. All allegations of corruption are taken very seriously by the Forum and ever referred case is duly investigated. Twelve matters related to criminal prosecution, civil recoveries and medical aid sanctions have been processed by the HSACF.
Cases include the North West Health Aero Medical and Patient Transportation contract in which the head of department was dismissed, a disciplinary referral was made for the CFO and R30m civil proceedings were instituted. Another has involving corruption allegations in the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) resulted in eight disciplinary referrals, 11 criminal referrals and a review application against eight companies with a R172m preservation order being obtained.
These are just two of the case outcomes with other involving CMS, Gauteng and Eastern Cape health Departments and healthcare practitioners totaling R1.6bn in litigation.
The HSACF successes are a success for all patients, professionals and stakeholders in the healthcare provision. SAMED is proud to be a member of the HSACF and its fight against health sector corruption.