With the changing environment in the healthcare sector in South Africa, it is important that the hospital dietitian is protected, not only to retain our careers but also to ensure that South African patients will have enhanced care in years to come.
By promoting the hospital dietitian’s special scope of practise to the medical funders, the aim will be to try and eliminate non payment of diet therapy. This will include both the dietitian’s bill and the products used in the hospital setting. By doing this the need for motivation to medical funders may be eliminated in future, as this is a time consuming practise which might be needed for all patients seen in future if these issues are not addressed.
The group also aims to share information with necessary administrative procedures to prevent misconduct by dietitians and to ensure that the both the dietitian and the patient are protected by means of the correct legal documentation.
Another aim will be to standardize billing of diet therapy in the hospital setting to once again protect the hospital dietitian’s profession as well as the medical funders and ultimately the patient.