To consolidate the laws relating to registered medical schemes; to provide for the establishment of the Council for Medical Schemes as a juristic person; to provide for the appointment of the Registrar of Medical Schemes; to make provision for the registration and control of certain activities of medical schemes; to protect the interests of members of medical schemes; to provide for measures for the co-ordination of medical schemes; and to provide for incidental matters.
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The Medical Schemes Act, 1998 (Act No. 131 of 1998), has been updated by Notices, Adjustment to Fees Payable to Brokers, Notice No. 30 of GG42185 dated 25 January 2019.
The Medical Schemes Act, 1998 (Act No. 131 of 1998), has been updated by Notices, Adjustment to Fees Payable to Brokers, Notice No. 1253 of GG41244 dated 10 November 2017.
The Medical Schemes Act, 1998 (Act No. 131 of 1998) has been amended by General Intelligence Laws Amendment Act, 2013 (Act No. 11 of 2013), Government Gazette 36695, Notice No. 528, dated 23 July 2013.
The Act has been updated by an amendment to registered medical schemes, Notice No. 75 in Government Gazette No. 34016 dated 11 February 2011.
The Act has been updated with Notice No. 107 of 2009 published in Government Gazette No. 31836 dated 5 February 2009 – being an updated list of registered medical schemes.
The Act has been amended by:-
Notice No. 643 of 2004 in Government Gazette No. 26213 dated 8 April 2004;
Amendment to Regulations, being Notice No. R. 595 printed in Government Gazette No. 26345 dated 21 May 2004;
Amendment to Regulations, being Notice No. R. 1410 printed in Government Gazette No. 27055 dated 3 December 2004;
Fees payable to brokers – in Notice No. R. 640 printed in Government Gazette No. 30075 dated 20 July 2007;
"List of Medical Schemes registered" replacing previous lists, being Board Notice No. 14 of 2008 published in Government Gazette No. 30789 dated 18 February 2008.
The act has been amended by the Schedule of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act (GG26311) 28 April 2004
An amendment to the General Regulations (17A and Annexure A) has been applied as gazetted in GG 25537 dated 6 October 2003.
The Therapeutic Algorithms for Chronic Conditions (GG 25537, 6 October 2003) is available at http://www.gov.za.
Amended by the Intelligence Services Act, 2002.
The Medical Schemes Amendment Act, 2002 (62 of 2002) has been applied to the Act as published in GG 24284 dated 22 January, 2003.
The General Regulations have been amended as published in GNR 1360 dated 4 November 2002.
The Medical Schemes Amendment Act, 2001 (55 of 2001) as published in GG 22951 dated 14 December, 2001 has been applied to the Act.
Notice R.943 regarding amendments to the regulations, has been added to the Act as published in Gazette 21569 and dated 22 September 2000.
The Regulations to the Act have been amended by Notice No. R.650, as published in Gazette 21313 and dated 30 June 2000.
The Regulations have been amended by Notice No. R570, as published in Government Gazette No. 21256 dated 5 June 2000.
The list of Registered Medical Schemes has been updated as Gazetted by the Registrar of Medical Schemes, in General Notice 302 of 2000, Government Gazette 20827 and dated 21 January 2000.
The Regulations in terms of the Medical Schemes Act, 1988, as Gazetted in Government Gazette 20556 of 20 October, 1999, have been added to the Act.
The Regulations come into operation on 1 November, 1999 except for Chapters 3, 4 and 8 and Annexures A and B which come into operation on 1 January, 2000.
You will notice some numbering problems in Annexure B, these are, unfortunately, as they appear in the Gazette.