SAPPF and the FCPSA alliance with HealthMan has been very productive and
has also been very beneficial as expertise is needed regarding cost
studies, medical scheme matters, matters pertaining to legal issues,
communication and information regarding NHI and coding structures.
are the lead consultants in the RPL process, various legal challenges
and practice support services. They have been consultants to various
specialist groups since 1997.
The annual cost study cost is
included in the composite fee as we have to present annual cost studies
in terms of the National Health Act.
As we move towards the
introduction of the NHI, we would need input from actuarial firms and
financial consultants to advise on alternative reimbursement models and
costs of practice. We expect to be involved in several legal battles as
this seems the only way to deal with the DoH and others in government,
although we are trying to avoid this at all costs by widely negotiating
and discussing issues.