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The Council for Medical Schemes legal assistance

Written by David Pinkney-Atkinson.

 

  • The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) in collaboration with ProBono.org will offer free legal assistance to those that need it the most. This legal assistance will provide legal relief for those that have a case before the CMS appeals board or committee cannot afford the legal costs.
  • Some of South Africa’s top legal firms have recognised the growing need for the services that Pro Bono offer and have shown an interest getting involved with a worthy cause. The legal assistance provided comes from private attorneys offering their time and expertise to give back to the greater community.
  • The legal services offered will not be available to everyone that applies for them. An expert team from the CMS and Probono.org will decided each case separately. The factors influencing whether a person receives the legal aid would be hardships faced, monetary costs, and condition of the person.
  • This means that those appearing before the committee will have the right to fair and equal representation even if they cannot afford to finance a case. A right everyone deserves but unfortunately available to so few.

 

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