Department of Health
A new approved levy for medical schemes is in place.
The health department published the adjusted levy in Government Gazette 45099 in terms of the Council for Medical Schemes Levies Act.
In Gazette 44436 in April 2021, the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), in imposing a levy, indicated that it is awaiting approval for the new levy proposed for 2020/21 and 2021/22.
The CMS added that, once approval is obtained, a notice indicating the adjustments for both financial years would be published.
A levy of R38.67 from 1 April 2021 was imposed.
In the latest notice the CMS confirmed that the new approved levy stands at R42.27.
Consequently, an adjusted levy of R3.60 is imposed to be paid by 30 September 2021.
Meanwhile, in a statement, the portfolio committee on health called on the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) to ramp up communication on Covid-19 vaccines.
SAHPRA briefed the committee last week on Covid-19 vaccine licencing, vaccine efficacy rates and the latest vaccine research.
Responding to a question posed by the committee on the safety and monitoring of the vaccines after learning of 30 coincidental fatalities, SAHPRA Board Chairperson, Prof Helen Reese, indicated that she has not seen reported cases of people dying after receiving a vaccine.
“You might get side-effects, as the immune system might be enhanced if you get a Covid-19 vaccine if infected. It is not about dying; not at all. There is no report of that and it has not been reported to my knowledge. Our concern is side-effects” she said.
Regarding the new Covid-19 variant C.1.2, Prof Reese pointed out that mutations of the virus are a concern.
“We have seen that this might be more transmissible or could be better in evading our immune systems in resisting our immune response. We are watching it closely”, she said.