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Medical Schemes Amendment Act, No. 55 of 2001

Long title


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.

Table of contents

SECTION TITLE
1.  Amendment of section 1 of Act 131 of 1998
2.  Amendment of section 7 of Act 131 of 1998
3.  Amendment of section 8 of Act 131 of 1998
4.  Amendment of section 19 of Act 131 of 1998
5.  Amendment of section 20 of Act 131 of 1998
6.  Insertion of section 21A in Act 131 of 1998
7.  Amendment of section 24 of Act 131 of 1998
8.  Amendment of section 28 of Act 131 of 1998
9.  Amendment of section 29 of Act 131 of 1998
10.  Insertion of section 29A in Act 131 of 1998
11.  Amendment of section 30 of Act 131 of 1998
12.  Amendment of section 35 of Act 131 of 1998
13.  Amendment of section 36 of Act 131 of 1998
14.  Amendment of section 37 of Act 131 of 1998
15.  Amendment of section 41 of Act 131 of 1998
16.  Amendment of section 43 of Act 131 of 1998
17.  Amendment of section 44 of Act 131 of 1998
18.  Amendment of section 48 of Act 131 of 1998
19.  Amendment of section 51 of Act 131 of 1998
20. Amendment of section 52 of Act 131 of 1998
21.  Amendment of section 53 of Act 131 of 1998
22.  Amendment of section 56 of Act 131 of 1998
23.  Amendment of section 57 of Act 131 of 1998
24.  Amendment of section 59 of Act 131 of 1998
25.  Amendment of section 63 of Act 131 of 1998
26.  Amendment of section 65 of Act 131 of 1998
27.  Amendment of section 66 of Act 131 of 1998
28.  Amendment of section 67 of Act 131 of 1998
29. Amendment of item 4 of Schedule 2 of Act 131 of 1998
30. Insertion of item 5 and 6 of Schedule 2 of Act 131 of 1998
31. Short title and commencement

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