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South Africa, Medical Schemes Act 131 of 1998

Republic of South Africa
South Africa
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Summary (English)

This Act is interesting because it provides that a registered medical aid scheme may not unfairly discriminate directly against its members on the basis of their HIV status.
It states that no medical scheme shall be registered under this Act unless the Council is satisfied that it does not or will not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against any person on one or more arbitrary grounds including the state of health.
The Act also makes provision for regulations stipulating a basket of minimum level of benefits that all schemes must offer to their members.