BHF is the representative organisation for the majority of medical schemes throughout South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana as well as Lesotho. As the industry representative body, the organisation relies on the membership of all medical schemes to ensure that it is able to lobby government and other organisations effectively and to influence policy where necessary on behalf of the entire industry. Read more..


We are delighted to announce the dates for the 16th Annual BHF Southern African Conference. The event will be held from the 26th to the 29th of July 2015 at the CTICC in Cape Town.



Click here to view Volume 14 of the BHF Bytes.


BHF Trustee Training: 2015:

This focused, comprehensive, one-day course provides in-depth information on the key areas relating to good governance of medical schemes. Highly relevant to trustees and those working within the private funding sector.

The topics are presented by industry experts and all delegates receive a CD with resource manual containing relevant information as well as a bound copy of the Medical Schemes Act and Regulations.

We will be posting the dates of the 2015 Training sessions soon

Please contact zolam@bhfglobal.com for information regarding future Trustee Training sessions, as well as customized sessions.


2013 BHF Annual Report

The 2013 BHF Annual Report was presented at the AGM held at the Durban International Conference Centre on the 26th of August 2014. Click here to view the Annual Report.



French health insurers in tie-up

Leigh Thomas: Reuters, 12 January 2015

TWO of France's biggest mutual health insurers have signed a tie-up as the sector seeks economies of scale in the face of strained public health budgets.

MGEN and Harmonie Mutuelle agreed to hold exclusive talks for six months aimed at thrashing out the details and winning approval from their policyholders, who in effect own them under their mutualist structures. With MGEN focused on public sector workers and Harmonie Mutuelle on the private sector, the combined group would have annual revenues of about €5bn and cover more than 8-million people. With the state's health insurance budget severely pinched and healthcare costs rising, health insurers have little choice but to cut costs or raise insurance premiums.

Healthcare in 2015

Katharine Child: The Times, 8 January 2015

There is more to healthcare than New Year resolutions to lose weight and eat better. Here is some of what to expect in the health arena in 2015.

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