NHI financing model questioned by FMF

The latest iteration of the National Health Insurance (NHI) policy paper is no closer to defining how much the scheme will cost and where the money will come from to pay for it. Meanwhile, SA risks running out of tax payers to finance its social security commitments, said Dr Johann Serfontein, senior healthcare consultant with […]
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According to patients SA’s top hospitals are in the Western Cape

The Western Cape boasts the top hospitals in the country, followed by Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. See names of hospitals that have been included in the top 20 over the last three years. This is according to the latest results of Discovery Health Patient Survey Score (PaSS) survey, which is based on patient experience scores. Out […]
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Skok-voorbeelde van bedrog by mediese fondse aan die lig gekom

Die gesondheidsorgbedryf is in die visier van misdaadsindikate en onderduimse praktisyns. Dr. Gregory Pratt, mediese adviseur vir forensiese ondersoeke in die gesondheidsbedryf vir Medscheme, het op die beraad vir gesondheidsorgfinansiers in Kaapstad skokkende voorbeelde genoem van bedrog waarmee hy die afgelope maande te make gehad het. Mediese bedrog is so algemeen “omdat dit makliker gepleeg […]
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Vrystaatse gesondheidsdepartement stort in duie na top spesialiste bedank

Gesondheidsorg in die Vrystaat steier steeds onder die voortdurende eksodus van sy topmedici. Pas het nog twee van die provinsie se voorste spesialiste, prof. Schalk Wentzel (55) by urologie en dr. Maryke Spruit (55) by kritieke sorg, bedank. Dr. Freek Bester, president van die Suid-Afrikaanse Mediese Vereniging se sentrale tak, sê om die ervaring van […]
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Diensjaar: Verpleegster wen hofsaak na regstryd met Gautengse gesondheidsowerheid

“Dit voel of ’n berg van my skouers af is.” So het ’n verligte en glimlaggende Dané Hertz (22) Dinsdagmiddag gesê ná haar regstryd met die Gautengse gesondheidsowerheid omdat sy nie uitplasing vir haar verpligte gemeenskapsdiensjaar as verpleegster kon kry nie. Hertz moet luidens ’n bevel van die hooggeregshof in Pretoria binne 30 dae deur […]
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Cipla collaborates with American Cancer Society to increase access to cancer treatment in Africa

Cipla Ltd, the global pharmaceutical company and owner of Cipla Medpro, South Africa’s third largest pharmaceutical manufacturer, announced a ground-breaking market access agreement with the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Clinton Health Access Imitative (CHAI) and the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, to expand access to 16 essential cancer treatment medications, including chemotherapies, into Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, […]
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Experts say bird flu not a threat to humans

The SA Poultry Association has warned all types of chicken are at risk of contracting bird flu, whether free-range, hardbody or conventionally bred live chickens. Association CEO Kevin Lovell said the sale of live chickens had been banned to curb the spread of the virus. But the ban had nothing to do with preventing illness […]
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‘Fire thousands of nurses who cheated’

A medical law expert has called for the thousands of qualified nurses who cheated in mid-year bridging exams to be struck off the roll. “It would be tantamount to gross negligence to allow these nurses to practise,” said pharmacist, ethicist and medical law practitioner Shafrudeen Amod. On May 10, staff nurses with a two-year qualification […]
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Africa gets generic version of most effective HIV drug

NAIROBI – The generic version of the most advanced drug against HIV has been introduced in Kenya, a first in Africa where more than 25m have the disease, the NGO Unitaid said. The drug, Dolutegravir (DTG) is the anti-retroviral drug of choice for those living with HIV in developed countries, but its high price has […]
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Shortage of National cancer drug may last until October

A deadly national cancer drug shortage is approaching its third month and patients may have to go without until October – if they can make it. In February, Nic Basson was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, a fast-growing malignant brain tumour, which is located in his brain’s language centre and affects his ability to communicate. He […]
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