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

Chapter 3 : Council for Medical Schemes

Part 1 : Council

4. Constitution of Council


(1) The Council shall consist of up to 15 members appointed by the Minister taking into account the interests of members and of medical schemes, expertise in law, accounting, medicine, actuarial sciences, economics and consumer affairs.


(2) The Minister may appoint any member of the Council on a full-time or a part-time basis for such a period as the Minister may deem necessary.


(3) The Minister shall appoint a member of the Council as chairperson.


(4) Members of the Council shall elect from amongst themselves a vice-chairperson.


(5) When the chairperson is unable to perform his or her functions in terms of this Act, the vice-chairperson shall act as chairperson of the Council.


(6) The chairperson or the vice-chairperson or, in their absence, a member of the Council designated by the members present, shall preside at a meeting of the Council.


(7) If a member dies or by virtue of section 5(2) ceases to be a member, the Minister may, subject to the provisions of this section, appoint a person in that member's place for the unexpired period of his or her term of office.


(8) The Minister may at any time discharge a member of the Council from office if such a member is absent, except with the leave of the chairperson, from more than three consecutive meetings of the Council, or is guilty of misconduct.


(9) The Minister shall cause the name of every person appointed as a member of the Council and the period for which he or she has been appointed to be published in the Gazette.