Proposed amendments to the Occupational Injuries (COID) Act

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Last year the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour tabled proposed amendments to the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases (COID) Act of 1993. The proposed amendments are contained in the COID Amendment Bill [B21-2020], the full text of which can be viewed on Parliament’s website at

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has specific concerns about Clause 43 of the Amendment:

“Amendment of section 73 of Act 130 of 1993 – 43. Section 73 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the addition of the following subsections:‘‘(3) Notwithstanding the provision of subsection (2) the medical practitioner may after the claim has been finalised or the period referred to in subsection (1) has lapsed, apply for reopening of the claim and payment of further medical costs.(4) Any provision of any agreement existing at the commencement of this Act or concluded thereafter in terms of which a service provider cedes or purports to cede or relinquishes or purports to relinquish any rights to medical claim in terms of this Act, shall be void.’ – Read more on the  The South African Medical Association website: