The construction of a price index for contributions to South African open medical schemes

  • S Ramjee
  • A Kooverjee
  • KA Dreyer
Keywords: South Africa, medical schemes, price index

Abstract

An accurate measure of the change in the price of medical-scheme cover over time is necessary to inform health and social-security policy, and would provide consumers, employers and the regulator with a useful benchmark. A medical-scheme contribution index based on gross contributions to open medical schemes is constructed using the Paasche formula and a sample of schemes for the period 2006 to 2010. The results of the index indicate a 17,48% increase in real contributions over the period.

Keywords: South Africa; medical schemes; price index

Published
2013-11-11
Section
Articles

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