CPC/Qualicare takes COIDA fight to parliament
—Extract from Hansard—SA Parliament—
“The Compensation Fund is a shining example of inefficiency and inability although the Department of Labour is trying to roll out an on line claims case management system which hopefully will cater for electronic submission of medical reports and medical invoices, we have a history of destruction both to those who have been injured on duty and to the medical profession.
I have conducted research through Drs Behrman and Lison and through the organization Qualicare which is incredibly damming.
I have found that payments to the medical profession were fairly good up until the mid 90’s and it fell apart in 2004. Medical professionals tried over the years to contact the OHSA Commissioner but with no response.
Doctors are writing off enormous sums of money with serious financial implications. One could say that the medical profession was almost brought to its knees because of the OHSA system.
The real problem arose when the medical profession did not take the risk any longer and tried their utmost to avoid seeing WCA cases. This backlash left thousands of patients without medical help and hundreds of small businesses suffered as they just never received payments which they had to make for their staff.
Doctors have had to resort to using an agency to facilitate payments to them, the agency charges plus minus fifteen percent of the claim value and is also struggling to get the payments. We’ve had reports from Doctors who have accounts in the hundreds of thousands of rands over 150 days old.
In many instances the doctors will not see OHSA patients on credit anymore, an interesting report came from a doctor who had waited over six years after the incident. No remittance statements from the Compensation Commissioner are received.
We need to hold the Commissioner to account to sort out back pay within 60 days and to ensure that the new reliable. We urge the Department of Labour to follow up immediately and to report back to Parliament the clean bill of health within the sixty days.”