As from 24 June 2016 the dispensing fee was increased as follows:
- Where the single exit price of a medicine or scheduled substance is less than R112.00, the dispensing fee must not exceed 30% of the single exit price;
- Where the single exit price of a medicine or scheduled substance is equal to or greater than R112.00, the dispensing fee must not exceed R33.60.
The fee must be calculated exclusive of VAT; thus the single exit price + 30% = total exclusive of VAT. VAT is then added to this total. If the single exit price, for instance is R130.00, one will add R33.60 which equals R163.60. VAT is then added (R22.90) and the patient is charged R186.50.
Please note that your invoice to the patient must reflect both the single exit price as well as the dispensing fee charged. Also note that the published new dispensing fee is the maximum fee allowed, and that you can charge less than this fee, but not more.
Surgicals (plaster, needles and stitches) have NO single exit price, nor are these scheduled substances. Therefore these have no set dispensing fee.
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