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    17th Annual BHF Southern African Conference

Issued on: 16 March 2017

Demarcation exemption framework

IN DECEMBER 2016, the Minister of Finance – in consultation with the Minister of Health – published the Demarcation Regulations. In these regulations, the Minister of Finance has determined that certain insurance policies that have elements of a business of a medical scheme shall be “health policies”, and “accident and health policies” respectively. These policies, determined as such by the Minister of Finance, exclude primary healthcare products and hospital indemnity products. These regulations will come into effect on 1 April 2017. Thus, after 1 April 2017, any provider of primary healthcare products and hospital indemnity products shall be conducting the business of a medical scheme as defined, and fall within the ambit of the Medical Schemes Act, 131 of 1998. The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has, in consultation with the Financial Services Board, National Treasury and the Department of Health, concluded an exemption framework, which serves as a guideline to providers of indemnity products that conduct business of a medical scheme who wish to apply for exemption in terms of section 8(h) of the Medical Schemes Act. The exemption framework is a transitional arrangement whilst the Department of Health leads the development of a low-cost Benefit Option (LCBO) type of product for medical schemes.The exemption framework provides for granting a two-year exemption, subject to certain conditions. Providers of indemnity products that conduct business of a medical scheme are required to submit their application by 31 March 2017 in accordance with the exemption framework.

The CMS circluar on exemption framework can be found here.

Issued on: 14 March 2017

The Council for Medical Schemes has issued the agenda and final arrangements of PMB Code of Conduct Meeting on 24 March 2017 click here to view the circular.


BHF Events

BHF Trustee Training:

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BHF member regional meetings

BHF members in Botswana are invited to attend the BHF regional meeting to be held on the 24 March 2017, at Avani Hotel, Gaborone,Botswana from 12h00-15h30.

The Zimbabwe leg will take place on 28 April 2017, venue TBC. For more details, please contact the BHF Marketing department on 011 537 0240.

The 18th Annual Southern African Conference


Notice Board

Issued on: 07 February 2017

Please note: Healthcare service providers who work in the healthcare public service industry. Please be advised that we are currently engaging the NDoH on Remunerative Work Outside the Public Service (RWOPS) and will keep you informed.


Latest News

New test for TB could save thousands of lives, say UCT researchers

A new urine-based test‚ similar to those used to determine pregnancy‚ being used to diagnose tuberculosis (TB) could save thousands of lives in SA. Researchers from the University of Cape Town found that the TB-LAM urine test was a “simple and inexpensive” way to test for TB among hospitalised patients with HIV.


Posted: 2017-03-24 09:03:25

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We must all do what we can to eradicate TB, HIV

As HUMAN beings, we always run the risk of contracting one disease or the other. This is especially so with infectious diseases. “If you breathe, you can get tuberculosis, and the only way to prevent this is to stop breathing.” This is what Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi often tells us. This is especially true in South Africa, which has particularly high levels of tuberculosis (TB).


Posted: 2017-03-24 09:03:03

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Help to eliminate TB

Today is World TB Day – and according to statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO), TB is still a serious problem. WHO Figures for 2015 indicate that 10.4-million people across the globe contracted the disease. Of this number, 1.8-million died, including 400 000 who also had HIV. About a third of the world’s population has a latent form of the disease, the WHO says. This means their bodies have been infected with the TB bacteria, but they have not yet become ill. Those infected have a 10 percent risk throughout their lives of falling ill with TB.


Posted: 2017-03-24 09:03:57

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State health hits back at ‘vulture’ attorneys on lookout for handicapped kids

“Parasitic” and “criminal” lawyers are haunting hospitals, hoping to hear of babies being born with defects so they can file damages claims against the state, parliament has heard. Representatives of six provincial health departments yesterday appeared before a joint sitting of parliament’s standing committee on appropriations and the portfolio committee on health to discuss the delivery of health services.


Posted: 2017-03-24 08:03:17

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