The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) carried out an analysis on the utilisation data of health services during the calendar years 2013 and 2014, based on the data provided by medical schemes through the Annual Statutory Returns in 2015.
The utilisation of health services was divided into three main components, namely, hospitalisation, providers and medicines. This report provides the utilisation of these medical services by beneficiaries for the 2013 and 2014 financial years and the average cost of such services over the same period. The report also aims to assess the rates of increases in both the utilisation and the cost of such services.
The increase in utilisation of health services is often cited as an important driver of healthcare cost inflation. This report will therefore provide useful insights on utilisation of health services and help explain in part the likely impact on healthcare inflation.
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