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New Trustee appointments to the GEMS Board of Trustees

The Minister for Public Service and Administration has appointed new Trustees to the GEMS Board. Read more> 

Public Notice: Changes to GEMS Board of Trustees

The Minister for Public Service and Administration has made changes to the employer appointed Trustees of the GEMS Board, as per the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) Rules 19.3 and 19.15. Read More>

Lowest price increase in decade could see several Pharma companies exit market

Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, gazetted a 1.26% single exit price (SEP) increase for medicines and scheduled substances in December 2017. Read More>

Western Cape health on high alert for #Listeriosis

The Western Cape has the second highest number of cases in South Africa. A multisectoral outbreak response team (MNORT) led by the National Department of Health, which includes the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery and the Department of Trade and Industry was also established. It will investigate the source of the disease. Read More>

New approved medical scheme subsidy for 2018

One of our objectives as GEMS is to ensure that member contributions remain affordable and the medical scheme subsidy provided by your employer plays an important role in ensuring the continued affordability of your medical benefits. We are therefore proud to announce that government has increased this subsidy. According to the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) Resolution 2 of 2015 , the subsidy has been approved and increased by 9.2% for active employees. Read More

SA's medical schemes forced to dip into savings for third year

The Alexander Forbes Health annual Diagnosis report hows that most South African medical aid schemes are, for the third year, paying out more in claims than they earned in premiums. Read More>

Medical schemes keeping a lid on non-healthcare costs

Medical schemes are doing a good job in containing non-healthcare expenditure, which is mainly on administration, and the regular above-inflation increases in your contributions are largely to cover rocketing medical costs, according to the 2016 annual report of the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), which was released last month. Read More>

Minister champions NHI

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi was refreshingly frank in the face of difficult questions following his address at Rhodes University this week. The guest of the Institute for Socio-Economic Research, he was in town to deliver the seventh Dr AB Xuma Memorial Lecture. Read More>

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