BHF is proud to announce the date for the 19th Annual BHF Southern African Conference, the 2018 conference promises to be very exciting. The conference will be held at Sun City from the 17th – 20th June 2018.

Delegate Profile

Over 300 organisations are represented, and these include:

  • Administrators
  • Medical schemes
  • Managed care organisations
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Government departments

Designations ranging from: Directors, Principal Officers, Trustees, CEO’s, CFO’s, Actuaries, Marketing Directors and Medical Advisors attend the annual event.

Sponsorship Packages

The 19th Annual BHF Southern African Conference will offer your organisation an opportunity to be directly involved by means of sponsorship and exhibiting.

If your organisation would like a customised package, we will gladly tailor the benefits to match your needs. Please contact Mary Manamela on 011 537 0270 or email her on marym@bhfglobal.com for more information.


                            Committed, attentive and empathetic
                             – this is what healthcare should be

Everybody is looking for an intelligent healthcare solution that delivers.
Now you can have it all – fresh ideas, innovation, originality and service excellence.
 Everything you would possibly expect from a dynamic company with a proud track record and a reputation for delivering results.

Touching the lives of up to 10 million people a year, some beyond the borders of our country, Universal Healthcare is South Africa’s fastest growing, leading edge healthcare brand.

Our services include the administration of open and closed medical schemes, managed care, provider networks, corporate health and wellness, and loyalty programmes. We also provide corporate health products and services, occupational health and wellness solutions, local and international healthcare insurance, as well as healthcare-related IT, payment and switching solutions.

Renowned for its winning culture and pioneering role in the healthcare management industry, Universal Healthcare and the medical schemes under its administration continue to outperform competitors with impressive benefits offering unmatched value.

We’ve perfected the balance between quality, access, excellence of care and cost efficiency for over four decades. That is why we are there for you, every step of the way.

                                     Universal Healthcare
                                   Your life is our purpose

                                       Five pioneering products,
                                           infinite possibilities…

After 77 years in business, MediKredit has stood the test of time. We’ve also made a little history along the way, delivering a number of important firsts for the South African healthcare industry.

Think of MediKredit and the first generic reference pricing system, MMAP® developed in 1987 comes to mind, as does Therapeutic Reference Pricing and the all-important NAPPI® coding system, which remains the industry standard for the coding of pharmaceutical, surgical and consumable products.

During this time we also pioneered and perfected online real-time claims processing in the South African healthcare market.

Known as the intelligent pharmaceutical benefit management system that never sleeps, MediKredit guarantees uptime of more than 99.5% and a point of service response of less than five seconds. In addition, we provide a wholly owned electronic gateway to switch healthcare claims for public and private hospitals and healthcare professionals to healthcare funders.

Designed for speed, accuracy and absolute reliability the locally developed, internationally patented MediKredit system offers more than a million combinations of rules, thereby providing clients with the most accurate application of almost any conceivable benefit design option they could possibly wish for.

MediKredit, through its wholly owned subsidiary Performance Health, became an unconditionally accredited managed care organisation in 2004. Our service offering, which is steeped in precision and reliability, has also been underpinned by a formal ISO 9001:2015certified Quality Management System since 2003. 

                            The healthiest decision in healthcare

AfroCentric Investment Corporation Limited (“AfroCentric”) is a black-owned, investment holding company which is substantially invested in healthcare. AfroCentric was established in 2008 and is listed in the healthcare sector on the JSE.

Through its operating subsidiaries, AfroCentric provides health administration and health risk management solutions to the healthcare funding industry. In addition, AfroCentric provides a range of complementary services to its traditional medical scheme clients as well as a portfolio of healthcare-related enterprises. These services include IT solutions, transactional switching and specialised disease management.

AfroCentric acquired a 100% interest in Pharmacy Direct, a courier pharmacy; 100% of Curasana, a pharmaceutical wholesaler; and a 26% stake in Activo Health, a southern African distributor of generic medicines as well as complementary nutraceutical products effective 1 August 2015. These acquisitions should not only improve the Group’s earnings, but will provide greater access to the wider healthcare delivery value chain and greater visibility in the relevant markets.

Sanlam Limited concluded its acquisition of a 28.7% stake in ACT Healthcare Assets, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Group, subsequent to year-end. This strategic alliance with one of the country’s foremost financial institutions will enhance the Group’s marketing and distribution initiatives and position certain divisions within the Group on an improved growth path.

Growth and diversification outside South Africa has always been a strategic imperative. Medscheme has a presence in Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Kenya and Zimbabwe, and through its business process outsourcing centre in Mauritius provides services to several large European and UK-based health insurance companies.

AfroCentric seeks to invest in related businesses that demonstrate prospects for growth, while contributing to the sustainable health and welfare of South African communities.

Medscheme is the Group’s largest subsidiary and is one of South Africa’s largest medical scheme administrators and managed care providers. Founded over four decades ago, Medscheme has more than 3.2 million lives under management through its 15 client medical schemes in South Africa. It is the largest black-owned medical scheme administrator, with a national footprint of 16 offices in all the major centres in South Africa, employing over 3 000 staff.

In striving to achieve its vision of “facilitating the delivery of sustainable healthcare services” AfroCentric continues to provide the healthcare sector with practical strategies for expanding the membership of its medical scheme clients, and new initiatives that promote more efficient and effective patient care and treatment management.

These new initiatives include:

  • healthcare funding focused technology solutions through Helios IT Solutions;
  • transactional and clinical data switching through Allegra (51% subsidiary);
  • specialised disease management solutions through Aid for Aids Management Services; and
  • acquiring the regional licence for the DBC back and neck rehabilitation programme


Insight Actuaries and Consultant


“Insight is the leading provider of independent actuarial advice and analytics services in the local healthcare market. Our advanced toolset continues to grow and evolve to assist funders and providers make sense of their healthcare data. We continue to invest in our people and technology to deliver solutions to our clients including funder-provider monitoring and contracting, quality of care measurement, class leading business intelligence services and detailed risk, demographic and geographic analysis services.” Visit www.insight.co.zafor more information.


We are Merck, a pioneering company that advances technologies for life. Across healthcare, life science and performance materials, we bring specialist and high quality products to the world.
Brilliant ideas are born at Merck. They can be life-changing, influencing how we tackle major illness, or integral to the objects we rely on. From cancer therapies and laboratory tools, to the screen on your Smartphone or the color of your car – Merck ideas are everywhere.
Our door is always open to collaboration. Long-term partnerships enable us to build business success with our customers and partners around the world. In 2015, we generated total revenues of € 12.8 billion.
Founded in Darmstadt, Germany in 1668, we are the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company. Over 350 years, we have grown to 50,000 people across 66 countries worldwide. The founding family remains the majority owner of the company.
We are known globally as Merck except for in the USA and Canada where we operate as EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Performance Materials.

Iso Leso Optics Ltd, a South African Optometric Network majority owned by practising optometrists. Their members are committed to delivering clinically sound and innovative eyecare to all patients.

This network has a reputation of delivering high quality service and products to their members and medical schemes.

Innovation lies at the heart of this progressive network, and Iso Leso can proudly claim to be a leader in introducing clinical programs widely accepted as the benchmark in optometric care.

Their ground-breaking Practitioner Enhancement Program (PEP) and their telemedicine development initiative in partnership with the Africa Vision Institute have introduced advanced clinical interventions on a primary level.

The Iso Leso Vision Partner Program is designed to deliver world class quality to patients via strategic alliances with global leaders in prescription lens manufacture.

You are invited to share their view by visiting their stand at the BHF Conference.


Old Mutual Wealth is a fully integrated, advice-led wealth management business. It partners with leading financial planners to assist clients in reaching their financial goals. This is achieved through a tailored financial plan centred on clients’ unique investment objectives, goals and aspirations, to build a lasting financial legacy.

Mpilonhle wellness and Brokers offers corporate wellness days and health promotion talks to medical aid schemes, companies, departments and communities in the South African footprint. Our health screening services include preventable lifestyle health risks such as obesity, sedentary, high cholesterol, stress, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV. Contact us on Mpilonhle@gmail.com.

Life Healthcare, a private hospital group, offers access to specialist focused, multi-disciplinary hospital and related healthcare services. With a focus on quality and clinical excellence – we place our patients at the centre of care. We operate 64 facilities in southern Africa; Alliance Medical across the United Kingdom, Italy and Ireland; Scanmed S.A. in Poland and a joint venture with Max Healthcare in India.

The Day Hospital Association (DHA) is an umbrella non-profit organisation that represent 45 registered private day hospitals in South Africa.  Individually these day hospitals offer distinct comfort and cost advantages to patients and funders. A cost-effective and convenient alternative for same day surgical procedures.