MVA rejected 66% of claims in 2020

Benefit claims for car accidents dropped by 24% last year, with the lowest numbers submitted in April and May.

25 June 2021 | Accidents

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK

The Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA Fund) repudiated 66% of the 2 426 benefit claims that were submitted to it last year.

This was due to various reasons such as claims that were submitted outside the prescribed time under legislation (29%), followed by claims submitted by unlicensed drivers at the time of the crash (24%) and claims submitted with limitations (18%).

A further 17% of claims were rejected due to incompleteness, as claimants either refused or failed to furnish the required information and other reasons.

This is according to the Road Crash and Claims Annual Report 2020 of the Fund, which says that benefit claims reduced by 10% during 2020, as compared to 2019.

The highest number of benefit claims in 2020 was lodged in January (13%) and November (10%) followed by October (10%) and July (9%). The months with the lowest number of benefit claims were in August with 7% and April with 3% of the total claims lodged during last year.

Significant reduction

The report says that an average of 202 benefit claims were lodged with the Fund monthly.

Injury Grant claims were the most common type of claim at 74%, followed by Funeral Grant claims (19%).

Meanwhile the number of Medical Service Provider Claims decreased significantly by 24% during 2020 as compared to 2019, with a total of 18 108 of these claims received last year in total.

According to the report, September and February were the busiest months for medical service provider claims with 11% each. On the other hand, the lowest number of these claims were received in April and May with 5% each.

In 2020, the month with the highest claimed amount was February, with a record of N$17.4 million. In contrast, the lowest amount claimed from the Fund was in the month of May with N$7.8 million. In total, N$144.2 million was paid for Medical Service Provider Claims in 2020.

During last year, a significant reduction in road crashes of 19% (3 000) was recorded compared to 2019 (3 689).

Most of these crashes occurred during months with public holidays, namely March, April, May, June, July, August and December.

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