Dear Dr 28 September 2023
DFPA EMC Polling Questionnaire
As referenced in latest communique on membership fees, challenges in collecting outstanding fees and the finality of the outstanding financials.
Before these planned general meetings and to ensure that we get feedback from all members, this polling questionnaire is provided.
It is outlined in sections around obtaining participation in our leadership structures, a consideration of tiered membership fees (given there has been no increase in fees since 2019) that many members are approaching retirement and, shareholding pay outs and the fact that they are many loyal members ‘subsidising’ those that are not always supporting the various projects and events.
The benefit schedule has been provided annually on what the service offering is, which is similar to that of the remaining other IPA groups and more in terms of technology and proactive in terms of attempting to capacity build practices in anticipation of the intended healthcare reformations that have now been enacted.
The newsflashes point to challenges with financial sustainability of our DFPA EMC organisation and despite this we have refrained to increase membership fees. To note we are still offering FREE attendance to learning portfolio meetings unlike others where these is a stipend charge.
This polling questionnaire is intended to encourage more participation in our various learning portfolio initiatives and related projects, get opinions on the membership fees, historic debt challenges and for the problems on the shareholding pay-outs. We would also like your feedback on a practice manager curriculum course, aimed at a NQF level 5, we intend running over 9 months beginning in the first quarter 2024. The objective is to get these vital human resources from your practice upskilled in anticipation of practice accreditation and certification that shall be required for contracting in a reformed healthcare under NHI and that aligns with certain areas/ domains from the Office of the Health Standards and Compliance Office.
We are now a founding partner of the UFFP umbrella for the main organised groups in the country, including SAMA and IPAF. With NHI now clearly on the horizon, unity is now of fundamental importance and so too is belonging to an organised group structure such as DFPA EMC.
Please note that this polling does not replace the governance processes of general meeting and AGM resolutions and is aimed further to inform those members that too busy to attend our regular learning portfolio and project meetings.
DFPA EMC EXCO