The employer has announced the increase of the medical subsidy for GEMS members with effect from 1 January 2016. The increase is 9% on average. The actual amounts are as follows:


1 JANUARY 2015


1 JANUARY 2016


Single Principal member

R 925-00

R 1008-00

Principal member + one dependent

R 1850-00

R 2017-00

Principal member + two dependents

R 2415-00

R 2633-00

Principal member + three dependents

R 2980-00

R 3249-00

Principal member + four dependents

R 3545-00

R 3865-00

 Please note that the increase is still subject to the provision that the employer’s subsidy is limited to 75% of an employee’s membership fees to a maximum of the amounts indicated above.

 The subsidy will be backdated to 1 January 2016, but affected members will probably only see the increase and back pay reflected in their March 2016 salaries, at the earliest.

 The subsidy for Employees who are members of open scheme remain at a maximum of R 1014 p.m.

Download pdf Circular from DPSA on Increase of Medical Subsidy (327 KB)