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Guideline tariffs back to the drawing board

The HPCSA’s latest call for more comment on the methodology to be used in creating a new set of tariffs has been met with familiar scepticism by healthcare professionals. On 29 November, the HPCSA announced that ‘upon reflection’, it had decided to withdraw its proposed Guideline Tariffs published in September 2012. Those tariffs were roundly criticised […]

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Price Guide to Replace HPCSA’s Ethical Tariff

The Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) is set to publish a price guide for private health practitioners in the next few months in an attempt to bring some order into the pricing chaos that followed the scrapping of the Reference Price List (RPL). The ‘price guide’ will replace the HPCSA’s old ethical tariff, which […]

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Law in Practice: Fee Regulation and Price Setting: Legal and Policy Considerations

Elsabé Klinck  Following the statements by health minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi at both the Cosatu and the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) conferences, it appears that some form of price regulation, or even price-setting is on the cards. On 27 July 2011, Parliament’s health portfolio committee heard presentations from the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), the […]

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BHF Court Application: SAPPF Joins the Fray

Cost studies undertaken by the SA Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF) in terms of the Reference Price List (RPL) process revealed that the benefits that medical schemes currently pay for Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMB) conditions are a fraction of what they should be. If the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) gets its way and schemes are […]

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Will Compact Inject New Life into SA’s Nursing Profession?

Although the majority of stakeholders in the nursing sector are positive about the compact adopted on the final day of last month’s Nursing Summit held in Johannesburg, there appears to be major concern about the implementation of the soon-to-be-drafted action plan. In his response to the compact, health minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, expressed his satisfaction with […]

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Competition Commission Urged to Intervene in Health Care Pricing Mess

With frustration mounting over the pricing chaos caused by the scrapping of the Reference Price List (RPL), doctors have been lining up at the door of the Competition Commission to beg the authority to revoke its 2004 ruling that barred collective tariff negotiations between health care providers and funders. Both the SA Medical Association (Sama) […]

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