Welcome to the Society for General/Family Practitioners

The SGFP functions as an autonomous special interest group of the SAMA. The SGFP endeavours to protect the interests and promote the image of general practitioners nationally and ensures that the GP has a voice in the governing councils and committees of important decision-making bodies, eg Department of Health, the South African Medical and Dental Council, the Council for Medical Schemes, the SAMA, etc.

News and Announcements

Medical Certification of Death – SAMJ January 2015 -

Despite improvements to the Death Notification Form (DNF) used in South Africa (SA), the quality of cause-of-death information remains suboptimal. …… This article highlights issues that need to be addressed to improve medical certification and cause of death in South Africa. Continue reading

Unabridged Birth Certificate For Minors – All You Need To Know -

From 1 June 2015, the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa will require all passengers under 18 to travel with an Unabridged Birth Certificate Continue reading

Polmed Notification -

Please familiarise yourself with the new reference number for the treatment of injuries on duty (IOD) for members of the South African Police Service (SAPS). Continue reading

CMS Customer Care number not functional -

Your attention is drawn to a technical issue which has arisen with the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) Smart Access number 0861123267 (0861 123 CMS), which directs callers to the CMS Customer Care Centre. This matter is receiving our urgent … Continue reading

Notice of Withdrawal of Proclamation for Certificate of Need -

The Department of Health has consulted with state law advisors regarding the proclamation of sections 36 to 40 of the National Health Act. We have been advised that the proclamation should be withdrawn. We will advise you further regarding progress … Continue reading

List of ‘harmful issues’ will guide healthcare inquiry, says panel -

by Amanda Visser, Business Day Live, 30 May 2014, 18:27

SPECIFIC harmful issues that may affect prices, expenditure, cost and ultimately competition in the private healthcare sector, have been pinned down to the regulatory framework governing the sector; Continue reading

Radiology Refresher Course -

The Division of Radiodiagnosis at Stellenbosch University, are hosting The 3rd Annual Radiology Refresher Course on Saturday 27 September 2014. Continue reading

Pneumonia ‘super-bug’ causes shivers in SA -

The first patient with pneumonia resistant to all antibiotics was recorded in South Africa last year, raising the terrifying possibility of a “post-antibiotic era”. Continue reading

Notification from Universal Healthcare re Massmart Health Plan -

Service Providers are asked not to contact Medscheme for verification or pre-authorisation in respect of Massmart members. Continue reading

National Department of Health – Notice for Dispensing Doctors -

This document contains information on the process to be adopted by the National Department of Health for the re-issuing of existing licences to dispensing doctors which will have no expirty date. Most importantly, it also contains contact information for the Licencing Unit of the NDoH. Continue reading

Sanlam – Medical Examinations for Insurance – Fees for 2014 -

Sanlam has increased the fees applicable to insurance medical examinations by 7.0% from 1 January 2014. Continue reading

Sanofi Diabetes -

Immediate suspension of Diabetes Optimised Control Initiative Continue reading