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NHI to form central theme for upcoming GEMS tenth annual Symposium 


The Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) will be hosting its tenth annual Symposium at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 12-13 October 2017, and will focus on universal healthcare coverage through the introduction of National Health Insurance (NHI) in South Africa. Read full article>   

Taking the first steps to a successful new universal healthcare dispensation

GEMS Principal Officer talks NHI ahead of annual Symposium. The implementation of universal healthcare, through National Health Insurance (NHI), is one of the most important priorities facing South Africa over the next decade and it is critical that a detailed roadmap is developed to support its successful implementation. Read full article>

A lifeline for five-year-old Mnotho

Pioneering procedure made possible by highly specialised surgeons and GEMS. Today, five-year-old Mnotho Mndebele is a ‘live wire' with a hearty appetite, playful nature - and a mechanical heart. Earlier this year, his mother scarcely dared imagine such positive changes could be possible in her adored son. Read full article>  

Response to Times Live article dated 26 September 2017 entitled, "‘Fake' doctors allegedly advising GEMS members"

The Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) has noted with concern the article published in The Times newspaper, dated 26 September 2017, that states that untrained staff members employed by the Scheme's public relations firm dispense medical advice on the online member information support channel. GEMS takes this matter very seriously and has instituted an investigation to probe the veracity of these claims. Read full article>

Celebrating women's wellness this August

This month South Africa celebrates National Women's Day. What better way to mark this occasion than by gaining greater awareness of leading women's health issues and proactive ways of keeping healthy? Mothers, daughters and grandmothers are encouraged to embrace a healthier future with preventative health measures. Read full article> 

GEMS releases 2016 annual report

The Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) recently released its annual report for 2016, a year which saw the Scheme grow to provide healthcare cover for some 1.8 million lives, including 694,262 principal members thereby covering the healthcare needs of 57% of eligible public service employees. Read full article> 

Our lifestyles are killing us

"The impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on the country's economy, society and health system has been significant, as is evident from statistics drawn from GEMS's membership," says Dr Gunvant Goolab, Principal Officer of the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS). Read full article>  

Diseases of lifestyle represent an important threat to SA's future

Diseases related to unhealthy lifestyles and poor diets represent a growing health and economic burden in South Africa that requires most urgent attention. Read full article > 

GEMS is now serving more members than ever before 

More than a quarter of individuals who joined the public service in 2016 also joined the family of South Africa's largest restricted medical scheme, the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS), which is now extending more care to more people than ever before. Read full article>

GEMS service solution responds to growing demand

A practical technology solution being rolled out across the country is bringing the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) closer to its members, and placing members in the driving seat. Read full article>

A strong relationship with your doctor is the cornerstone of better health

Avoid the dangers and expense of "doctor hopping. There are few things more beneficial to a person's health than a strong and trusting long-term relationship with one doctor. Read full article >

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