DomestiCare ‘sustainable’, says scheme
An affordable, private healthcare scheme for domestic workers is sustainable, CareCross Health Group has said.
The group said in a statement it had been providing low-cost healthcare to lower and middle-income workers since 1998.
Joburg daily The Star reported yesterday that the SA Domestic Services and Allied Workers’ Union had raised concerns that only a healthcare plan devised by the health department would adequately serve the needs of domestic workers.
CareCross said its newly launched DomestiCare, which was aimed at domestic workers, was based on a model it had been running for six years.
Unlike pension schemes, which require lifelong commitment, the DomestiCare product had immediate benefits and did not depend on long-term employment.
DomestiCare was not linked to the state and was not compulsory, but could bridge the gap between private sector health providers and low-wage domestic workers.