How to choose a medical aid

Most medical schemes have launched their benefits and contributions for 2017 and it is the time when you should be re-looking at your existing medical aid cover or, if you are wanting to join a scheme, investigating which one suits you best. The medical aid landscape can be tricky to navigate so it is important […]
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Pryse vir kankermedikasie word ondersoek

Suid-Afrikaanse kankerpasiënte en hul geliefdes het die mededingingskommissie se besluit om drie farmaseutiese maatskappy se pryse vir kankermedisyne te ondersoek geloof, en versoek dat die ondersoek so spoedig moontlik afgehandel moet word. Die mededingingskommissie het vroeër die week aangekondig dat hulle die internasionale farmaseutiese reuse Aspen, Pfizer en Roch ondersoek omdat die maatskappye na bewering […]
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Non-invasive scan for liver disease

In the past the only way to measure a liver’s elasticity was through a biopsy, but now, a non-invasive alternative has emerged, whereby elasticity of a patient’s liver can be measured using vibration-controlled transient elastography (VCTE). Adopted as a frontline tool for assessing liver fibrosis by the European Association for the Study of the Liver […]
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Healtcare Services Delivery need to change in Africa

Healthcare services delivery in Africa needs to change, but no-one is quite certain how. What is certain is that future trends will be driven by access to big data, to shape new models of care in driving innovative, affordable and accessible services, across this diverse continent. With 1,2bn people, many enjoying a longer life, and […]
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South Africans are urged by dietitians to ‘Eat Fact Not Fiction’ June 2017

Nutrition advice promising all sorts, from weight loss to healthier living and even cures for diseases, spread like wildfire across social media. In the era of ‘alternative facts’ and post-truth, ‘the latest, greatest nutrition advice’ from dubious sources can unfortunately tempt many away from accepted dietary guidelines and recommendations based on years of evidence. ‘Eat […]
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This Popular Children’s Medication ‘Is Basically Crystal Meth’ Warns Doctor

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.”(1) It’s characterized by three key traits: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. This condition, as well as ADD (attention deficit disorder), are diagnosed by observing behaviors. There […]
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Natural Cold and Flu Remedies

Natural Cold and Flu Remedies It’s no wonder these kinds of treatments are popular — we still have no cure for colds or the flu. While the flu vaccine may prevent the flu, and some prescription medications may shorten its symptoms, most conventional medications just ease symptoms. Many natural remedies can give you short-term relief […]
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The real reason SA’s doctors won’t deliver your baby

Medico-legal litigation has exploded. As of March 2016, claims against the health department from the previous five years stood at more than R37‑billion. By October that year, the figure had jumped to R51‑billion — or a third of the whole public healthcare budget if we had to pay every cent. The medico-legal litigation pandemic threatens […]
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Medical aid board says SA has no choice but to back NHI

South Africa’s healthcare system is not merely unviable or unsustainable, “it is at the brink of collapse” if the government does not intervene, says the Board of Healthcare Funders, which represents most medical aid schemes in the country. “People are paying contributions to their medical schemes that are higher than inflation,” Humphrey Zokufa, who heads […]
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