The Faculty of Consulting Physicians of South Africa is a public company 100% owned and managed by various specialists (Dermatologists, Endocrinologists, Nephrologists, Neurologists, Physicians, Pulmonologists and Rheumatologists) for the benefit of our various specialities. The website address is www.physican.co.za.
The Faculty of Consulting Physicians is not in competition with the other societies but works with them on matters related to our various specialities in private practice. Most of the other professional societies including the surgeons, the ophthalmologists, the gynaecologists, the paediatricians and others have similar arrangements. The Faculty of Consulting Physicians was established in 2007 and has been functional to the benefit of our various specialists for a number of years.
The Faculty of Consulting Physicians needs to be strengthened to deal with the ever increasing demand placed on societies by government regarding the role of private practice in South Africa, the role of private practice in the proposed National Health System, the shortage of doctors, the salaries of specialists in the private sector, the role of medical schemes, and other important matters such as regulatory reforms.
The Faculty of Consulting Physicians as the professional organisation has to position itself to deal with these ever increasing demands; specifically regarding private practice. (Similar demands are made on the public sector regarding occupational specific dispensation, career pathing, service delivery, training and education etc.). The cost of addressing these issues has also escalated, and it cannot be solely demanded from the various societies to bear. The cost to the individual specialists in private practice who manage the societies and have to represent specialists in private practice on all these issues is also too high to absorb within their own practice costs. Other organisations like HealthMan has to be contracted to do a large portion of the work as professionals are needed to represent our interests at a high level.
There have been huge successes in the joint effort between the societies and The Faculty of Consulting Physicians including several increases in the fees of specialists in private practice as well as the establishment of new codes that have enhanced private practice revenue.
|Association of Dietetics of South Africa (ADSA)|
|Clinical Psychology Forum (CPF)|
|ENT Society and Management Group (ENTMG & Society)|
|ENT Society and Management Group (ENTMG & Society)|
|Faculty of Consulting Physicians of SA (FCPSA)|
|General Practitioner Management Group Ltd (GPMG)|
|Iso Leso Optics Ltd (Network of Optometrists)|
|Namibian Private Practice Forum (NPPF)|
|Neurology Association of South Africa (NASA)|
|Ophthalmology Management Group Ltd (OMG) & (OSSA)|
|Ophthalmological Society of South Africa (OSSA)|
|Paediatrician Management Group Ltd (PMG)|
|Radiography Management Group (RADMG)|
|Society for Endocrinology, Metabolism & Diabetes of SA (SEMDSA)|
|South African Audiology Association (SAAA)|
|South African Society of Gyneacology(SASOG)|
|Gynaecology Management Group Ltd (GMG) & (SASOG)|
|South African Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF)|
|South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP)|
|South African Society of Physiotherapy (SASP)|
|South African Rheumatism & Arthritis Association (SARAA)|
|Society of Neurosurgeons of South Africa (SNSA)|
HealthMan was also responsible for NHRPL 2009 submissions for virtually all SAMA disciplines and has done most of the research work and support for the various legal challenges that have happened or are in progress.
Funds not utilised in a given year will be carried forward to dedicated projects in the following year.
For more information regarding the membership fees, please go to the Become a Member page or click here.
The involvement of everybody with an interest in private practice is asked and an appeal to join the Faculty of Consulting Physicians is urgent. We thank the specialists who have already joined. We realise that the membership fee is high, but it seems as if there is no other way forward. The directors are not remunerated for the work done, but have to spend days out of practice to be involved with meetings and information sessions around all the issues raised. As the cost is enormous to them individually, time cannot be wasted to also be running around to find funds to cover basic costs to address these serious issues.
|S Gauteng||Dr Adri Kok||Specialist Physicianfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr Hendrik Vermooten||Specialist Physicianemail@example.com|
|Dr Nivesh Sewlall||Pulmonologistfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|N Gauteng||Dr Elsa van Duuren||Rheumatologistemail@example.com|
|Dr Wiebren Duim||Neurologistfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|KZN||Dr SABS Abdool-Gaffar||Pulmonologistemail@example.com|
|Dr Andrew Ramdass||Specialist Physicianfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr Aslam Amod||Endocrinologistemail@example.com|
|E Cape||Dr Marius Langenhoven||Specialist Physicianfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Free State||Dr Freek Bester||Specialist Physicianemail@example.com|
|W Cape||Dr Marius Wasserfall||Specialist Physicianfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|North West||Dr Henry Matthews||Specialist Physicianemail@example.com|
|Mpum/Limp||Dr Frans Theron Specialist||Physicianfirstname.lastname@example.org|
The SAPPF has been established following a general disillusionment of support for Specialist Private Practice in South Africa. This process followed consultation with all specialist stakeholders, a strategic workshop in November 2007 and numerous meetings with the Specialist Private Practice Committee (SPPC) within the SAMA structures.
Specialists need a properly constituted organisation that supports the interests of all specialist societies and its members. We urge all specialists to support SAPPF in its various endeavours to promote private practice in South Africa.
At its meeting on 30 January 2010, attended by representatives of most of the specialist societies, the SAPPF Board of Directors unanimously and without abstention adopted the following resolution:
The SAPPF resolves that it:
The SAPPF and SAMA are in the process of drafting a new National Procedural Coding Structure of international standards. It is important that the Medical Profession determines its scope of practice and therefore needs to remain in control of any changes to the current coding system or any proposed new system. The ICD10PCS proposed by DoH is not appropriate for South Africa and is not in use anywhere else in the world.
It was also proposed by DoH that the ICD10PCS coding system must be researched and developed by the private sector at its own costs. Thereafter ownership must be handed over to DoH. This position is not acceptable to SAPPF and SAPPF will continue its efforts on introducing a new South African system. The coding committee is chaired by Dr Eugene Allers, a Gauteng psychiatrist.
The coding initiative will be co-ordinated by an independent entity established for this purpose. South African Classification of Healthcare Interventions (SACHI) will become the custodian of coding and will be inclusive of all medical disciplines in South Africa.
If you have not yet joined the Faculty of Consulting Physicians of SA, kindly complete the membership application and ACB (debit order) authorisation forms and fax back to 011 782 0270.
Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
|DR ADRI KOK||CASPER VENTER|
|FCPSA: PRESIDENT||MANAGING DIRECTOR: HEALTHMAN|
|FOR QUERIES CONTACT: FCPSA NETWORK MANAGER: MARDI ROOS -
083 444 5437 - email@example.com
Mr Casper Venter on (011) 340 9000 or
fax (011) 782 0270
Mr Ernst Ackermann on (021) 864 2542 or
fax (021) 873 7440
E-mail the Healthman offices at firstname.lastname@example.org