oa South African Health Review - Health legislation : chapter 3

Volume 2000, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1025-1715



This chapter draws attention to the health-related legislation emanating from the national and provincial legislatures in 2000. It also looks more broadly at other legislation passed this year that has an impact either on the health of individuals or communities or on the way that the health system operates. New national legislation discussed includes the Pharmacy Amendment Act, the two Chiropractors, Homeopaths and Allied Health Service Professions Amendment Acts, the National Health Laboratory Services Bill and the Council for Medical Schemes Levies Bill. The recent laws of broader impact are the Public Finance Management Act, the Skills Development Act and Skills Development Levies Act, the Promotion of Access to Information Act, the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act and the Local Government: Municipal Structures Amendment Act. In addition, regulations to and interpretations of earlier legislation (descriptionbed in previous editions of the Health Review) are outlined. The efforts of provincial legislatures to produce laws that define the operation of the health system are descriptionbed. Finally, the chapter reviews important Constitutional Court rulings with health implications, these being the SAMMDRA, Hoffman and Grootboom decisions.

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