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Medical Schemes – Broker fees increased

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) recently announced the approval of an increase in the maximum amount payable to brokers in terms of Section 65 of the Medical Schemes Act (131 of 1998). The revised amount is now R101.91 plus value added tax (VAT) – the 2020 fee was R98.85 plus value added tax (VAT). […]

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CMS and FPI host webinar on Covid-19 as PMB

The Council for Medical Schemes, in collaboration with the FPI, will host a webinar on Tuesday, 30 March 2021 to inform healthcare brokers and members of medical schemes about the latest developments and legislation governing COVID 19. At the end of the webinar, the delegates will be able to: Know rights and responsibilities as members […]

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How do medical schemes treat substance abuse?

Substance abuse is on the increase in South Africa and at least 15% of South Africans are said to have a substance abuse problem according to 2016 statistics. Alcohol, marijuana (dagga), cocaine, tik and heroin are some of the most frequently used substances in this country, according to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group […]

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Section 59 interim investigation report on racism – Constitutional expert weighs in on validity

“Critics of the report fail to understand the findings. The report DOES NOT say legitimate investigations of wrongdoing is racist because it identified more black wrongdoers, it says, the med schemes have not proven that the investigations were equitable and legitimate.” This was the reaction of Professor Pierre de Vos, author of the Blog, Constitutionally […]

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Interim report alleges possible discrimination against black practitioners

After various delays, including an urgent application to interdict the release, the Section 59 Interim Investigation Report into allegations of unfair racial discrimination and procedural unfairness, intended for release in December 2020, was released this week.  Judge Colleen Collison ruled on Tuesday that the applicants had failed to convince her why they had not approached […]

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Low Cost Benefit Options exemption – Council for Medical Schemes update

Towards the end of 2019, the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) published two circulars announcing its future plans for Low Cost Benefit Options (LCBO) and the Demarcation Exemption Framework. The timing and one-sidedness of this announcement was met with criticism from the industry. Following on from the circulars, the CMS embarked on various engagement sessions […]

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