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Proposed increase in healthcare accreditation fees

It will cost R59 more to be accredited as a healthcare broker if proposed amendments to regulation 31 of the Medical Schemes Act (MSA) are adopted.

The Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla, published the proposed amendments to regulations 31 and 32 of the MSA in the Government Gazette on 1 July.

Regulation 31 sets out with the amounts payable to register a medical scheme, and to accredit an administrator, managed-care organisation and a broker, as well as to change the name of a medical scheme. It also states the amounts payable to renew the accreditation of entities.

Regulation 32 prescribes the penalty payable for every day a failure contemplated in section 66(3) of the Act continues.

Section 66(3) states that anyone who fails to provide the Council for Medical Schemes with a return, information, financial statement, document or a reply to an enquiry addressed to him or her, as provided for by the MSA or any directive under the Act within the prescribed or specified period, shall be liable for a penalty for every day the failure continues, unless the Registrar of Medical Schemes waives the penalty or part thereof.

The proposed amendments include:

Click here to download all the proposed amendments.

Comments on the amendments must be submitted within three months of 1 July to the Director-General of Health, for the attention of the Director: Public Entities Governance, Ms M Mushwana, at mushwm@health.gov.za.

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