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CMS Annual Report 2016/17

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), regulator of the medical schemes industry, released its Annual Report for 2016-2017 on 5 October, providing a comprehensive report on the status of the private medical schemes industry in South Africa. Some of the interesting statistics in the report include: Number of medical schemes and beneficiaries The total number of […]

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CMS to address Undesirable Practices

The Council for Medical Schemes published Circular 39 of 2017, calling for industry input on its intention to declare certain practices irregular or undesirable. Regulation 8 of the Medical Schemes Act entitles medical schemes to select certain healthcare providers to provide members with diagnosis, treatment and care in respect of prescribed minimum benefit (PMB) conditions. If […]

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Advanced Medical Scheme Broker Training

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) will be hosting a one day consultative “Advanced Broker Training workshop for accredited healthcare brokers. This initiative is in response to a request by healthcare brokers who attended the induction workshops, asking for more advanced broker training. The workshops will be hosted in Port Elizabeth, Durban and Cape Town […]

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Fee Adjustments

Bad news and good news – Both the FSB and the Council for Medical Schemes have published fee increases. FSB Fees The previous notice was published on 24 March 2015, and signed by the then Minister of Finance, the honourable NM Nene. So much water has flowed into the ocean since then. Some of the more common […]

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Council of Medical Schemes – New fees announced

In a recent communication from the Council of Medical Schemes: Amendments to Regulation 31 and 32 published in terms of the Medical Schemes Act 1998 (Act No. 131 of 1998) ), the following increases were announced: Application for registration of a medical scheme will now be R8 750.00 (Current Fee: R5 000.00) Application for accreditation or renewal […]

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CMS Guidance for 2017

The Council for Medical Schemes’ “Circular 48 of 2016: Guidance on benefit changes and contribution increases for 2017” contains the requirements for the assessment of the benefits and contributions for 2017. Apart from prescriptions on the manner in which funds should apply, it also contains key considerations which the CMS will take into account when […]

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