Health Council backtracks on tariffs guidelines

2012-08-16 09:12

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has backtracked on its plans to publish the new tariffs guidelines in the government gazette tomorrow.

The council pulled the plug late yesterday following pressure from doctors’ associations.

Its president Professor Mochichi Sam Mokgokong listed four points which forced the council to delay the publication of its tariff guidelines.

These include:

» reactions from practitioners who rejected the guidelines;

» accusations that the council determined the guidelines without including the input of the practitioner organisations;

» threatened legal action against the council; and

» the risk of destabilising health care delivery in the country.

Said Mokgokong: “This delay will allow the South African Medical Association, South African Dental Association and South African Private Practitioner’s Forum representatives to put their views directly to the council and provide the council with the opportunity to adjudicate on the matter and to craft the way forward.”

The practitioners association welcomed the council’s decision saying these guidelines have to be reviewed and their input should be included.

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