• 18 May 2015

    SpesNews Volume 117


    In communication previously received from the scheme, it stated that GEMS patients should nominate a family practitioner for (amongst other things) specialist referrals. This was scheduled to happen latest by 2 April 2015.

    After engaging with the various stakeholders since then, the GEMS Board of Trustees have reassessed the idea and decide to postpone the implementation of the referral system for the remainder of 2015.

    It means that the 30% co-payment scheduled for implementation on 2 April 2015, will also not be applicable until further notice. The benefit options for GEMS patients on the Ruby, Emerald and Onyx thus remains unchanged. Please note that the specialist referral arrangements for GEMS patients on the Sapphire and Beryl members will not be affected by this decision and current processes remain enforced. GEMS indicated that the nomination of a family practitioner will still remain important in their coordination of care initiative and patients are encouraged to start looking at the possible options for their family practitioners.


    Advanced Health invites interested medical professionals to become involved in a same-day surgical centre, in partnership with a dynamic company listed on the Altx division of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

    Advanced recognizes the importance and potential of a day-hospital network in the country where the current surgical market is under severe stress. It is under these circumstances where the 20 bed 2 theatre day hospital will offer patients, specialists and medical schemes a viable alternative to more expensive facilities.

    The facility will become operational on 1 October 2015 and interested medical practitioners can contact Bibi Meyer on 082 466 4474 or alternatively send an e-mail to bibi@advancedhealth.co.za for further information or queries.

     Why Advanced ?

     Industry leading specialists

     Quality focussed and best clinical outcomes

     Experienced Advanced management team

     Excellent support of the surgical specialists

     Partners with the medical professionals in an honest and transparent manner

     The Advanced established facilities currently (although in its infancy stage) are generating profits

      Current Advanced Health facilities:

     Soweto Facility is currently under construction

     The 1st Cape Town based facility (in Durbanville) will open its doors in July 2015, followed by Panorama

        Vergelegen, Knysna and Worcester are under construction

       Day Surgical Procedures:

    Plastic and reconstructive

    Ear, nose and throat


    General surgery (minor)

    Laparoscopic surgery

    Orthopaedic Surgery (minor)

    Arthroscopy surgery

    Maxillofacial surgery

    Men and Women’s Health

    Dental procedures

    Ophthalmic procedures

    Urological procedures



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