COIDA Owes R13.3 million to O&P's

The Orthotic& Prosthetic profession is reeling after the apparent collapse of the new payment system implemented by the Compensation Fund 1 October, 2011. Reports indicate that no payments have been made to practitioners since implementation.

A SAOPA survey of members revealed a staggering R13.3 million owed by COIDA. SAOPA officials are trying to get to the bottom of the problem and resolve the issue. If the problem persists treatment of IOD patients could be compromised.

"Workers who get injured on duty must resume work as soon as possible, and our O&P members strive to assist patients in regaining their mobility," said SAOPA administrator, Stanford Slabbert. "It is sad that the administrative aspects,such as payments for services rendered, are in such a chaotic situation, which places huge stress on our members, who do their best to get injured patients back to work", said Stanford.

SAOPA Congress: La Montagne, Ballito:

The Orthotic & Prosthetic profession converges on the La Montagne Resort, Ballito, from 6 to 8 September for the annual SAOPA Congress.

Themed "Innovative O&P for Africa" delegate numbers are limited to 150. All Expo space has been booked out, and potential delegates are urged to register soonest. Fees are R1,800 for members, R2,300 for non-members with special rates for students.

A special guest will be Masse Niang, chairman of FATO. Drikus Reinecke, Otto Bock, will present their sport knees, Aqua prostheses and Future Prosthetics. Ripple Effect will discuss Pressure Plates and Milling. Ossur's Katy Farr will talk on "Unloader OA bracing for M.L. compartment knees" and Carla Potgieter, Orthopaedic Suppliers, will speak on Choosing the correct Willow wood liner and Lymphodema. Dr Hurrion, Knight Medical, will discuss the Kinematic Footscan forsportsmen.

CPA issues and protocols, insurance protocols and HPCSA complaints will be presented by Kristy Carr, of CFP Brokers. DJO Global will present their range of knee braces and Ossur will discuss their Symbionic leg and integrated bionic solutions. Both SAOPA and ISPO SA AGMs will also take place.