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Medical Schemes Act, 1998 (Act No. 131 of 1998)

Chapter 5 : Rules of Medical Scheme

30. General provisions to be contained in rules


(1) A medical scheme may in its rules make provision for—
(a) donations to any hospital, clinic, nursing home, maternity home, infirmary or home for aged persons in the interest of all or some of its beneficiaries;
(b) the granting of loans to any of its members or to make ex gratia payments on behalf of or to members in order to assist such members to meet commitments in regard to any matter specified in the definition of "business of a medical scheme" in section 1;
(c) the contribution to any association instituted for the benefit of medical schemes;
(d) the contribution to any fund of any kind whatsoever which is conducted for the benefit of the officers of the said medical scheme or to pay for insurance policies on the lives of officers of the said medical scheme for the benefit of such officers or their dependants;
(e) the allocation to a member of a personal medical savings account, within the limit and in the manner prescribed from time to time, to be used for the payment of any relevant health service; or
(f) the membership of a minor who is assisted by his or her parent or guardian.


(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 41(1) and (2), a medical scheme shall provide free of charge to every member of that medical scheme on admission with a detailed summary of the rules specifying such member's rights and obligations.