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..

15th Annual BHF Southern African Conference 2014:

The days of business as usual within the private healthcare sector are over. As such, the theme chosen for this year’s conference is:
“Waves of Change. Oceans of Opportunity”

The 15th Annual BHF Southern African Conference, to be held at the Durban ICC will focus on the tools required to achieve an efficiency-based, patient-centred private health system.

Opened by former president, Nelson Mandela in 1997, the Durban ICC was South Africa’s first International Convention Centre and has played a pioneering role in attracting international events to our shores since its inception.

The BHF Golf Challenge will be held at the world-renowned Durban Country Club on Sunday 24th August.

Click here to view the Conference Website.


BHF Members: R7 195 (inclusive of VAT)
Non-members: R8 595 (inclusive of VAT)

The Annual Global Healthcare Fraud Prevention Summit is being held for the first time in Africa. Running parallel with the BHF Conference the summit will be hosted by the BHF's Healthcare Forensic Management Unit.

We look forward to hosting you soon!


The BHF Trustee Training Programme 2014

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.

Trustee Training sessions were held in Johannesburg on the 25th of March and in Cape Town on the 27th of March. Both sessions were well attended and we received positive feedback from the delegates. The next Trustee Training programmes will be held in Johannesburg on the 30th of September, and in Cape Town on the 2nd of October and booking has already begun.

Click here to view the typical agenda.

Registration Forms:

Click here for the Registration Form.

Customised Training sessions:
We are currently organizing sessions for 2 medical aid schemes. To book a customised training session for your scheme, please contact Laura Beuthin on (011) 537-0233 or e-mail laurab@bhfglobal.com


BHF Seminars 2014:

The first in a series of seminars was held in Johannesburg on the 9th of May.

The topics under discussion were: MEDICAL SCHEME COMPLIANCE; and, THE IMPACT OF POPI ON THE FUNDING INDUSTRY, the speaker was health law expert, Esme Prins-van den Berg

The seminar was well attended and the feedback was very positive.

Should you have topics you wish to see covered in future seminars,please forward your suggestions to Laura Beuthin on laurab@bhfglobal.com.

HFMU Update:

The HFMU is proud to announce that it now has an official tip-off line which can be used to report any unethical behaviour within the healthcare industry.

The telephone number is 080 TIP HFMU or 080 847 4368


Treasury urged to wait before regulating health insurance

Tamar Kahn: Business Day, 17 July 2014

ONE of SA's biggest health insurers, Day1, has said that the Treasury should wait until the Competition Commission has completed its market enquiry into the private healthcare sector before it regulates health insurance products.

Not in front of the kids

Katharine Child: The Times, 17 July 2014

FOOD companies and restaurants will no longer be able to advertise unhealthy food to children if proposed legislation is passed.

Report: South Africa's National Health Insurance

Health-e News Service, 17 July 2014

ISSUED by the South African Department of Health, this 18-page booklet broadly outlines the country's recently introduced National Health Insurance (NHI).

SA's teens in HIV hell

Katharine Child: The Times, 17 July 2014

SOUTH Africa has the second highest rate of AIDS deaths in the world - with teenage girls and young women being most at risk of HIV infection, according to a UNAIDS report released yesterday.

The war on private healthcare is misguided

Leon Louw: Business Day, 16 July 2014

"HOW can we fix the government healthcare catastrophe?" asked the Minister of Health during the Department of Health's 2014 strategy session. "It's easy, Comrade Minister," said the department's chief strategist. "We denounce private care, fabricate myths about how bad it is, accuse it of overcharging and colluding, threaten nationalisation, and regard consumers as too stupid to need choices. That will divert attention from our mess."

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