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parliamentCity Press reports that unhappy MPs are setting aside their political differences to challenge their compulsory membership of the Parliamentary and Provincial Medical Aid Scheme (Parmed), because of its exorbitant tariffs.  

The National Assembly has established an ad hoc committee to investigate the statutory requirement that makes membership of the scheme compulsory for MPs, and its tariffs.  The committee will look at a possible amendment of the Parliamentary and Provincial Medical Aid Scheme Act, which makes membership of Parmed compulsory for members of the National Assembly, for members of the executive and for judges of the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court of Appeal and high courts.  The committee will assess whether it is possible to have other medical aids for MPs, after a competitive bidding process.  In a matter which has not yet been resolved, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) went to court in 2015 to challenge the act’s provision that forces all MPs to be on the scheme.  ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu said many MPs, including himself, shared the EFF’s gripe.  Like many MPs, he removed his family from the scheme because of the cost (around R20,000 a month), but stayed a member himself because he was forced to by law.  He pays in R4,800 a month for himself alone.

  • Read this report by Andisiwe Makinana in full at City Press

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