HPCSA pricing guidelines on hold

A medical professional

JOHANNESBURG - The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) on Wednesday said it was temporarily postponing its pricing guidelines for doctors and dentists.

The body will now bring the issue before a full council meeting to allow organisations representing medical workers to make representations.

Medical and dental associations threatened to take the council to court if it tried to implement Tuesday’s guidelines. 

South African Medical Association acting chairperson Mark Sonderup said they were delighted with the decision. 

According to the HPCSA, the new guidelines were put in place because it was unable to regulate complaints of overcharging.

The postponed tariffs were figures used in 2006, but had been adjusted for inflation purposes. 

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)