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About The NHA
Natural Health Alliance is a newly established organisation representing various sectors of the Natural Medicine Industry. The NHA was formed to protect, educate and empower the natural health industry, health practitioners and consumers across South Africa including but not limited to doctors, African traditional healers, manufacturers, importers (OTC and ‘practitioner-only’), retailers, patients and general consumers.
The alliance was founded to draw public attention to a very serious situation unfolding in South Africa today, and to shine a light on the fact, that there is an organized and systematic effort underway to severely restrict the domestic natural health products sector in South Africa. We also reserve our right to legally challenge health regulation which unfairly restricts access to natural health products.
Together we all volunteer our time to do whatever it takes to protect our rights and freedom of access to largely safe and effective micro-nutrients (vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs, probiotics, other natural health substances and healthy food. We're active against government control through irrational, disproportionate, arbitrary, unreasonable, unconstitutional regulation passed in November 2013.
The NHA believes our country needs a strong professional health freedom organization to create a strong unified voice, a clear message, a central locus and hub of information, so the voice of health freedom is heard. With this in mind, NHA has begun a fundraising effort to support the development of a national office and a professional legal, scientific and public policy team to go forward.
The Vision:A healthy nation, with empowered people, making informed health care decisions.
To promote access to all health care information, services, treatments and products that the people deem beneficial for their own health and survival; to promote an understanding of the laws and factors impacting the right to access; and to promote the health of the people of this nation.
- See more at: http://naturalhealthalliance.co.za/about.htm#sthash.oc7oVysO.dpufRegulations - Do they affect you?
GEMS stops covering CAMS
The Natural Health Alliance received this forwarded email from a concerned pharmacist.
Will other medical aid schemes follow? We will wait and see.
Communiqué to Pharmacies regarding the discontinuation of reimbursement
of unscheduled substances from over-the-counter (OTC) benefit.
Based on the recent review of the GEMS over-the-counter (OTC) benefit
entitlement, the Scheme has established that certain unscheduled products,
examples of which are listed below, have been paid erroneously from the
The Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) will therefore in line with existing Scheme rules, discontinue reimbursement of unscheduled
substances from the OTC benefit.
As from 1 August 2014, funding from the OTC benefit will be limited
to medicines registered by the Medicine Control Council (MCC) as
Category A medicine (registered for human consumption) and these
should fall within schedule 0 to 2.
Below are examples of some of the products (the list is not exhaustive)
that will no longer be funded from the OTC benefit by the Scheme
effective 1 August 2014:
If you have any further queries regarding this communication, kindly
contact us on 0860 00 4367, fax us on 0861 00 4367, or
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your co-operation.
GEMS Clearing House
- See more at: http://naturalhealthalliance.co.za/GEMSPayments.htm#sthash.46gCejEd.dpuf
Health stores and pharmacies
The NHA will soon be writing to all health stores and pharmacies in South Africa, detailing the regulatory threat to the sustainability of their OTC health products. If you are a health shop or pharmacy owner, join the NHA today
Letter to Allied Health Practitioners
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