Consider postponing elective surgery unless it is a medical emergency

The Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) and its members in the healthcare funding space have requested members of medical schemes to proceed with caution in scheduling elective surgical procedures (for example, knee and hip replacements, ligament repairs or hernia repair).

There are two main reasons for the request to minimise non-emergency elective surgery at this time:

  • To minimise the risk of in-hospital patient exposure to Covid-19.
  • To avoid patients unnecessarily occupying hospital beds at a time when a surge in serious novel coronavirus cases is expected.

If you have booked or are considering any elective surgery, please engage with your healthcare practitioners to discuss deferring anything that is not a medical emergency.