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Medical Schemes Amendment Act, No. 55 of 2001
To amend the Medical Schemes Act, 1998, so as to extend certain rights of members to their dependants; to broaden the definition of complaint; to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of age; to further regulate the practice of reinsurance; to regulate the circumstances under which waiting periods may be applied; to improve the powers of the Council and the Registrar to act in the interests of beneficiaries; to regulate the marketing of entities doing the business of a medical scheme; to provide for more frequent submission of returns to the Registrar; to determine the circumstances under which inspections may be made; to further define the persons who may be appointed as auditors of medical schemes; to further define the persons who may serve as trustees of a medical scheme and to further clarify their duties; to define the persons who may serve as principal officers of a medical scheme; to limit the purposes for which medical schemes may compensate brokers and provide for the regulation of their professional conduct; to regulate the transfer of business of medical schemes to any person; to remove the requirement for staff of the Council to be members of the Government Employees Pension Fund; to amend the transitional provisions with regard to certain schemes; and to provide for incidental matters.
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