Sickly slate medical funding

Michael Kimberley

SERIOUSLY ill medical aid members in desperate need of treatment are being forced to cough up the cash for life-saving medicines and operations in Port Elizabeth.

This is occurring even though they are paying their medical aid contributions every month.

The medical aids have been accused of deserting sick people when they need them most.

To make matters worse, the condition of the desperately ill often deteriorates while they bicker over payment approval.

Port Elizabeth mother Edith Backlund, 65, was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer in 2011.

But she has had no chemotherapy since June because her medical aid company, Fedhealth, is still deciding whether or not to pay for her next round of treatment.

Now all she can do is sit and wait at her Sunridge Park home for an answer.

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