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CMS Invites Industry Input

The Council for Medical Schemes published Circular 20 of 2015 which outlines intended steps to curb confusion experienced by the general public, caused by misleading branding and communications from third-party services providers.

“It shall be undesirable business practice –

  • For any person who renders contractual, administrative or intermediary services to a medical scheme to disseminate any information to the members of a medical scheme using their own logo and/or corporate identity, if such information pertains to matters which are necessary for or incidental to the exercise of the powers of a medical scheme or the performance of that medical scheme’s functions in terms of its rules and/or the provisions of the Medical Schemes Act, 1998 (Act No. 131 of 1998) as amended;
  • For any person who renders contractual, administrative or intermediary services to a medical scheme to use the same or similar name and/or brand and/or logo of a particular medical scheme if such conduct, in the view of the Registrar, is likely to create an impression to the general public that such a person carries on the business of a medical scheme.
  • For any medical scheme to use the same or similar name and/or brand and/or logo of a person who renders contractual, administrative and/or intermediary services if such conduct, in the view of the Registrar, is likely to create an impression to the general public that such a person carries on the business of a medical scheme.”

Comments are invited and must be submitted by the 8th of April 2015 to t.diniso@medicalschemes.com.

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