The Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) is the largest restricted medical scheme in South Africa, with over 850 000 principal members and more than 2,2 million beneficiaries. Established in 2005, GEMS opened its doors to qualifying public service employees in 2006, and has become a leader in the South African healthcare industry, setting a standard of excellence to be emulated.

To ensure and safeguard the wellbeing of its members, GEMS offers six comprehensive healthcare benefit options: Tanzanite One, Beryl, Ruby, Emerald Value, Emerald, and Onyx. Each of these options is designed to provide public service employees and their families with the best possible medical care at the most affordable rate.

Our vision is to become an excellent, sustainable, and efficient medical scheme that drives transformation in the healthcare industry, aligned with the principles of Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC). To contact us you can call our call center on 0860 00 4367 or visit our website at