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10,000 healthcare practitioners suspended

Medical aid members have been urged to check whether their doctors have active practice numbers.

Some 10,000 doctors who failed to pay their membership fees were suspended by the HPCSA.

JOHANNESBURG - Medical aid members on Monday were urged to check whether their doctors had active practice numbers.

This is to prevent difficulties in claiming from respective schemes.

Over the weekend, about 10,000 healthcare practitioners were suspended by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) for failing to pay their membership fees.

This means the practitioners cannot legally practice.

About 1,500 of these are doctors and dentists.

Patients who claim directly through their doctors are safe, but those who pay cash up-front and try to claim later will run into problems.

The Board of Healthcare Funders spokesperson Heidi Kruger said patients must protect themselves.

"Patients need to call their medical schemes to make sure."