Other Governing Bodies / Associations
Besides the Department of Health and the Council for Medical Schemes, the following representations and regulatory bodies govern the industry:
The Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern African (BHF)
BHF is a representative organisation for medical schemes in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana as well as Lesotho. This is an organisation that provides relevant, up-to-date information; engages with government on behalf of medical schemes and provides services to the industry.
Health Funders Association
Established in 2015, the Health Funders Association (HFA) is a non-profit organisation representing stakeholders involved in the funding of private healthcare in South Africa.
The HFA represents some of the country's most prominent medical schemes, representing approximately 73% of open schemes and 50% of the total memberships. Through its membership of three of the largest medical scheme administrators HFA represents 3.8 million people and 17 medical schemes.
Health Professions Council of South Africa
The Health Professions Council of South Africa is a statutory health professional council. It was established in terms of the Health Professions Act 56 of 1974.
The purpose of the Council is to provide for control over the training, registration and practices of healthcare practitioners and to provide for matters incidental thereto.
South African Pharmacy Council
The South African Pharmacy Council is a statutory health professional council. It was established in terms of the Pharmacy Act 53 of 1974.
The purpose of the Council is to ensure the provision of quality pharmaceutical services in South Africa by developing, enhancing and upholding universally acceptable standards, professional ethics and conduct, ongoing competence and pharmaceutical care.
South African Nursing Council
The South African Nursing Council is a statutory health professional council. It was established in terms of the Nursing Act 33 of 2005.
The purpose of the Council is to control and exercise authority in respect of the education, training and manner of practices pursued by registered nurses, midwives, enrolled nurses and enrolled nursing auxiliaries.
National Health Insurance (NHI) and South Africa’s journey to Universal Healthcare (UHC) is not a topic one can summarise easily.
In addition to updates in MediBrief on the current developments, we would like to direct you to further documents and background information, which will give you more detailed insight into the topic: