Desperately seeking: A viable healthcare payment system

South Africa’s private healthcare sector is under severe pressure, particularly with rampant inflation tracking at rates higher than CPI, creating a system that will eventually, in the not too distant future, become unsustainable. In fact, at the end of last year, most of the country’s medical aids announced double-digit premium increases for 2017. “Issues that […]
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Medical aid members still have to dig deep in their pockets

Despite having medical aid, many members still have to fork out chunks of money out of their own pocket for healthcare products and services. “In South Africa, healthcare services and products is provided by parallel running public and private healthcare systems. Even though private healthcare is only available to a very small section of the […]
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Catastrophic antibiotic threat from food

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – The greatly excessive use of antibiotics in food production in recent decades has made many bacteria more resistant to antibiotics. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has estimated that antibiotic use in animal husbandry, poultry farming and aquaculture in the US is over four times USDA recommended levels. Meanwhile, the […]
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8 Symptoms of Endometriosis Many Doctors Don’t Recognize

Endometriosis is one of the least understood female conditions. Despite the fact that roughly 1 in 10 women of reproductive age suffers from endometriosis (equivalent to 5 million women in the United States and 176 million women worldwide) very little is known about the condition (1,2). Worse yet, about three-quarters of these women experience pelvic […]
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New medicines law will change rules on medical devices.

When the amendments to the Medicines and Related Substances Act come into operation, it will result in significant changes to the regulatory regime currently in place. According to guidelines issued by the department of health and Medicines Control Council (MCC), the new regulations will apply to the manufacturing, importing, exporting and distribution of medium- and […]
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What does the law say about Medical negligence claims?

Medical negligence can take place in so many ways, and as a result it sometimes appears impossible for the ordinary man on the street to know when and for what he may claim. In this article we highlight a few examples of possible negligence claims and the different forms of damages that can be claimed […]
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