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Increase in registration fee keeps healthcare workers warm under the collar

Desperate doctors hope a petition will convince the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) not to raise registration fees again, a year after a similar hike in fees from an agency they believe is breaking its mandate. The HPCSA has again increased enrollment fees, but unlike the 15% increase that only applies to the Medical and Dental Board, the new rates for this year will apply to all boards, including dieticians, psychologists, emergency responders, occupational therapists and optometrists. The registration fee published last month ranges from R531 for a medical intern to up to…

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