On 15 February 2021, NEASA submitted its written submission on the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Ailments Act Amendment Bill to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour.
The most contentious of these proposed amendments used to be the inclusion of portion 43(4), which would have successfully prohibited the cession of claims and/or cash owed of Medical Provider Companies (MSPs) or Healthcare Organisations to third-occasion administrators or financial institutions. Within the submission, NEASA clearly highlighted the disastrous fabricate this amendment would have on all role gamers in the change.
NEASA used to be contented when the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour removed the controversial portion 43(4) of the COIDA Amendment Bill.
The above-mentioned, apparent ‘victory’ used to be not too lengthy previously decimated by the Rules of The Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Ailments Act Amendment Bill (‘the rules’) published by the Compensation Fund in the Government Gazette, on Friday 10 September 2021.
For the reason that Compensation Fund must not accepting banking particulars and nominated financial institution accounts of agents and other representatives, rather than MSPs or Healthcare Organisations, these rules successfully quantity to the prohibition of cessions.
A additional controversial rule dictates that the MSPs and Healthcare Organisations most effective have two weeks to register and take a look at their accounts with the Compensation Fund – despite it being traditional information that these story verifications and registrations on the total capture at the least two months.
Clearly, the rules are in teach contradiction to the COIDA Amendment Bill, as authorized by the Parliamentary Committee on Employment and Labour. Bureaucrats at the Fund, after being overruled by Parliament, merely utilized their normal desire of prohibiting cessions, by advantage of these rules.
Therefore, NEASA wrote an originate letter to the Compensation Fund Commissioner, asking for the immediate withdrawal of said rules.
To behold this letter, please click on right here.
Rona Bekker is a Senior Policy Advertising consultant at the Nationwide Employers’ Association of South Africa (NEASA).