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Guideline to tariffs for sessional services
GUIDELINES RELATING TO FEES FOR DOCTORS WORKINGIN PART-TIME OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH APPOINTMENTSIN INDUSTRY FOR 2016
The Health Care Sector in South Africa is a highly regulated industry within which general practitioners and specialists alike operate. The only exception is certain private specialists who are contracted out and charge rates in excess of Medical Scheme tariffs. These specialists are the most highly paid health professionals. On the other side of the spectrum it is well known that highly qualified professionals in academic institutions don’t receive remuneration packages even close to their counterparts. Furthermore, it is also well known that some companies providing occupational health services pay lower hourly rates for salaried Occupational Medicine Practitioners than the SASOM Guideline relating to fees for doctors working in part-time occupational health appointments. The fee structure is based on remuneration for actual work done. Currently certain senior experienced Occupational Medicine Practitioners perform similar services as occupational medicine specialists to industry.
SASOM is a member based Society predominantly made up of general practitioners with a post graduate Diploma in Occupational Health. The Society has to look after its members who provide an invaluable service to industry. SASOM as a Society has over the years provided a guideline on fees to its members.
Our members have over the past year requested a tariff on a sliding scale per category of service delivery and have also requested a separate Specialist in Occupational Medicine hourly rate. It has been brought to our attention that there are recommended consultation fees which have been approved by the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (refer www. sacnasp.org.za) and we have utilized this SANC BN110/2014 fee structure together with our current SASOM 2015 fee structure (escalated by a 6% CPI related increase) to recommend the following fee structure for 2016.
Advisory: This guideline on fees charged by doctors working in industry is not prescriptive and fees should be negotiated directly between the employing industry/ factory and the doctor concerned dependant on the qualification and expertise of the doctor, and on supply and demand issues in the specific geographical area. There is no specific tariff and the approximate figures given below are an estimate of what is currently charged by the profession for these services.Sessional appointments
These appointments are normally based on an all-inclusive hourly rate and not on a fee per consultation.
2..1 General practitioners doing predominantly primary health care at factory clinics generally charge in the region of between R1070.00 and R1117.00 per hour (excluding VAT). If not post graduate occupational health qualified they should not perform clinical or consulting occupational health work.
2.2 Medical practitioners with a qualification in occupational medicine as defined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act, providing clinical occupational health services (pre-employment and periodic health examinations, biological monitoring, job ability assessment, diagnosis of occupational diseases, and non-clinical occupational health services (occupational health risk assessments, workplace surveys, audits, policies and procedures etc.) generally charge in the region of between R1590.00 and R1800.00 per hour (excluding VAT).
2.3. Specialists in Occupational Medicine
Registered Occupational Medical specialists providing clinical occupational health services (pre-employment and periodic health examinations, biological monitoring, job ability assessment, diagnosis of occupational diseases, and non-clinical occupational health services (occupational health risk assessments, workplace surveys, audits, policies and procedures etc.) generally charge in the region of between R1900.00 and R2110.00 per hour (excluding VAT).
Registered Occupational Medical specialists who provide consultancy services on a fee for service basis may charge fees similar to specialist physicians, pulmonologists etc dependant on the specific services provided.Important notes
3.1 It is recommended that all occupational medical practitioners in industry should make the SASOM publication: ‘SASOM Guideline on Occupational Medicine Practice’ available to their companies. Please contact our national office, should you not yet have this publication.
3.2 Travelling fees
3.2.1 The Society recommends that the charges for travelling expenses in own car from home/office are negotiated between the employing industry/factory and the doctor. It is recommended that fees set by an independent body such as the AA is used as a starting point for vehicle costs.
Occupational Health Southern Africa is the official, accredited journal of SASOM and the following societies:
Mining Medical Professionals’ Association (MMPA)
South African Society of Occupational Health Nursing Practitioners (SASOHN)
Southern African Institute for Occupational Hygiene (SAIOH)
The journal is published by TechNews. SASOM members are subscribed to the magazine as part of the annual membership subscription.
For more information contact the editor:
Dr Gill Nelson (Editor)
- How to become a member of SASOM?
Any HPCSA registered medical practitioner or specialist.Who can become a member of SASOM?
Visit the Membership page and complete a membership application form or contact the SASOM Head OfficeHow to subscribe to the SA Journal of Occupational Health?What is the recommended hourly fee for a medical doctor working in the industry?
The recommended fees are available to members only. Please contact us.How can CPD points be earned through SASOM?
By attending and taking part in SASOM’s CPD accredited activities. Visit the SASOM Calendar. Four CPD points can also be earned by correctly completing and submitting the questionnaire in each JournalWhere can information be obtained on SASOM CPD accredited seminars/congresses/workshops etc for the current year?
Visit the SASOM Calendar page or contact SASOM Head Office.What are the aims and functions of the Scientific Committees?
Visit the Committees page for more information.How to publish in the Journal Occupational Health Southern Africa through SASOM for CPD points?
Visit the Journal page for the OHSA publication guidelines and submit the electronic document to the editor of the JOHSA for consideration and peer-review through SASOM Head Office.Is there a Occupational Medicine discussion group?
Yes, visit the Discussion page. The discussion groups are available for registered users on www.sasom.org.What are the contact details of SASOM Head Office?
Visit the Contact page