CHAPTER 409
COMMUNITY HEALTH FUND ACT

[PRINCIPAL LEGISLATION]

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   Section

Title

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS

   1.   Short title and commencement.

   2.   Application.

   3.   Interpretation.

PART II
COMMUNITY HEALTH FUND

   4.   Community Health Fund.

   5.   Objectives of the Fund.

PART III
MEMBERSHIP, CONTRIBUTIONS AND HEALTH SERVICES

   6.   Registration.

   7.   Membership.

   8.   Contribution level.

   9.   Health care services to members.

   10.   Exemptions.

PART IV
MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION OF COMMUNITY HEALTH FUND

   11.   Management and administration.

   12.   Functions of a Council.

   13.   Composition of a Council Health Services Board.

   14.   Tenure of office.

   15.   Functions of a Council Health Services Board.

   16.   Functions of a Council Health Management Team.

   17.   Composition of Ward Health Committee.

   18.   Tenure of office.

   19.   Functions of Ward Health Committee.

   20.   Requirements for Councils and Wards Development Committees.

   21.   Health care facility.

   22.   Amendment of Second Schedule.

PART V
FINANCIAL PROVISIONS

   23.   Sources of Fund.

   24.   Uses of the Fund.

   25.   Financial management.

PART VI
COMPLAINTS AND DISPUTE SETTLEMENT

   26.   Dispute settlement.

   27.   Grounds for complaints.

   28.   Complaints.

PART VII
GENERAL PROVISIONS

   29.   Offences and penalties.

   30.   Regulations.

   31.   By-Laws.

SCHEDULES

CHAPTER 409
THE COMMUNITY HEALTH FUND ACT

An Act to provide for the mechanism of establishment of the Community Health Fund and to provide for the constitution of the management organs, and the administration of the Fund and other related matters.

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Act No. 1 of 2001

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS (ss 1-3)

1.   Title and commencement

   This Act may be cited as the Community Health Fund Act, 2001 and shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may by notice published in the Gazette, appoint.

2.   Application

   This Act shall apply to local government authorities specified in the First Schedule to this Act, and to such other local government authorities as the Minister may from time to time declare by order, published in the Gazette.

3.   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context requires otherwise–

   "Board" means a Council Health Services Board established by the respective Council;

   "card" means a community health fund card;

   "collector" means a person appointed for the purpose of collecting Community Health Fund contributions;

   "community" means a group of households organised in a recognised government administrative structure;

   "contribution" means an annual voluntary contribution to the Fund;

   "Council" means–

   (a)   a District Council established under the Local Government (District Authorities) Act *; or

   (b)   an Urban Council established under the Local Government (Urban Authorities) Act *;

   "Council Health Management Team" means the Council Health Management Team established by the respective Council;

   "Fund" means the Community Health Fund established by a local government authority in accordance with the provisions of this Act;

   "health care facility" means government or private health facility and includes any other facility established or organized for purposes of delivering health services;

   "health care provider" means a government health care facility or a private registered health care facility;

   "health plan" means a council or ward health plan;

   "hospital" means a district hospital or a designated district hospital providing level I referral medical services;

   "household" means–

   (a)   a mother, father and children under the age of eighteen years; or

   (b)   a member who has attained the age of eighteen years or more with or without children under the age of eighteen years;

   (c)   an institution;

   "Member" means a contributing household to the Fund;

   "Minister" means the Minister responsible for health matters;

   "local government authority" means–

   (a)   in relation to a district, a district council established under the provisions of the Local Government (District Authorities) Act *; or

   (b)   in relation to an urban, an urban council established under the provisions of the Local Government (Urban Authorities) Act *;

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