Within the PCNS the unique identifier is the  Practice code number which is allocated to all registered healthcare service providers who  render a healthcare service in South Africa, Namibia and Lesotho.

The Practice Code Numbering System (PCNS) of BHF is a list of unique practice billing codes for providers of healthcare services in South Africa, Namibia and Lesotho.

The practice number, allocated to all registered healthcare providers is a legal requirement for the process of reimbursement of a claim to either a medical scheme member or service provider. This is in accordance with the requirement of the Medical Schemes Act 131 of 1998 wherein it is stated that a medical scheme may only reimburse a member or a provider of relevant healthcare services for services rendered against a valid practice code number.

Access to unique identifiers that enables scheme administrators to identify the scope of practice for:

  • Processing of claims


Access to a Unique identifier that enables the funders of healthcare services identification of the health professionals and services;

  • Standardising the southern region identification
  • Facilitating the processing of claims
  • Risk management
  • The fight against fraud, waste and abuse


The processing of:

  • Applications
  • Updates
  • Upgrades