BHF Trustee Development Programme | 25 July 2017

Are you a medical scheme trustee? Do you work in the healthcare environment and are looking to upskill yourself?
October registrations are now opened.

Four day programme staggered over two blocks.
First block: 19th – 20th October 2017
Second block: 02nd – 03rd November 2017

The Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF), in partnership with Wits Business School, have developed the BHF Trustee Development Programme just for you.

The programme will advance your understanding on:

  • defining the business of a medical scheme
  • the role and responsibilities of trustees
  • fraud, waste and abuse
  • health governance and more


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