The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has expressed shock at the 21% increase in the annual Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) 2020 registration fees payable by 1 April.
The increase, SAMA stresses in a media statement just released, is “extremely high, and out of step with the economic climate in the country”.
Fees are payable by health practitioners registered in terms of the Health Professions Act, non-payment, or partial payment, resulting in a registered practitioner being suspended from the register. In this instance, the need for restoration will attract penalty fees.
“On its website,” SAMA chair Dr Angelique Coetzee notes, “the HPCSA recognises its responsibility to conduct its affairs with prudence, transparency, accountability, fairness, and in a socially responsible manner, thereby safeguarding the interests of all its stakeholders.
“We therefore have to ask why they are opting for such an exorbitant increase in fees without explanation in already challenging economic times.”
She adds that at no point was there any opportunity for input, despite the fact that this increase is way above the inflation rate: “We would have wanted some level of consultation before this huge increase was announced. The HPCSA has moved forward with this increase without talking to the very people it represents. We are concerned, and we will be seeking clarity from them going forward.”
SOURCE: SAMA PR & Communications