Following healthcare practitioners’ outcry over the HPCSA’s steep fee hikes for 2022/2023 and threats of legal action, the Council has capitulated, realigning the tariffs to the Consumer Price Index.

In a short statement this afternoon, (23 March), the HPCSA concedes that following the outcry, Health Minister Joe Phaahla intervened, requesting it to revise the annual fees increase.

 It says an extraordinary meeting was held on Saturday during which it was decided to realign the fee increase to a maximum increase of CPIX of 5.7% for affected Professional Boards whose fee increase were above the Consumer Price Index. 

Affected practitioners who have already paid their annual fees will receive a credit on their account in due course to implement the reduction. The deadline for payment of the revised increases has been extended to 30 April.

The council says the revised fees will be gazetted soon.