South African Medical Association

Legal Department

Member Driven

Providing decisive expert legal advice

Influential Advocacy

Strategic stakeholder engagement

Collaboration with key SAMA Departments and external role-players

Keeping members informed

Operational Excellence

Consistent. Agile. Responsive. Reliable.

What we do:

  • • Expert legal advice and support to SAMA and its members
  • • Managing and resolving medical scheme disputes and forensic audits
  • • Assisting members with HPCSA matters and disciplinary proceedings
  • • Monitoring the health policy, legislative and regulatory environment
  • • Consider the short and long term implications of impending legislative and regulatory regulatory developments (including impact on SAMA, members and the broader healthcare environment)
  • • Providing expert advice and guidance in respect of policies, draft legislation, legislation, judgements, ethical guidelines and rulings affecting SAMA and members.
  • • Preparing submissions and presenting on behalf of SAMA to parliament, government departments and statutory bodies on proposed legislation, regulations, policy documents and other legal notices
  • • Researching and drafting legal opinions
  • • Presenting at seminars, events and CPD meetings to educate and inform SAMA members of medico-legal issues
  • • Advising on business/practice management issues
  • • Assisting in medico-legal matters
  • • Mediation of disputes
  • • Establishment of new practices (Employment contracts, lease agreements, business law advice etc.)
  • • Assisting with ethical and professional compliance issues
  • • Advice related to living wills and advanced directions
  • • Strategic stakeholder engagement and advocacy
  • • CMSA matters
  • • Strategic litigation on matters affecting SAMA members
  • • CPD accreditation

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