Vital clinic in Eastern Cape has only 1 doctor twice a month

Close to eight villages in Nxarhuni outside Mdantsane in East London depend on Newlands Clinic. But the clinic has only one doctor who comes in twice a month, according to a GroundUp report. A clinic committee member who did not want to be named said: “The doctor comes on the first Monday of the month, […]
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Sheriff seizes more furniture, equipment from Gauteng health department

The Gauteng health department has had more of its furniture seized to settle debts owed to companies, the DA said on Tuesday. “The furniture removal man said he has got instructions to take what he has to take. There’s chairs, computers, fans and there is even a fridge. It is ridiculous,” DA Gauteng spokesperson for […]
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Council pursues bogus health practitioners

A rise in bogus health practitioners has forced the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) and medical schemes to strengthen their forensics units to curb fraud. A team at the HPCSA is conducting about 400 investigations into bogus practitioners. To date, just more than 40 arrests have been made, but prosecutions are slow. Data from […]
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Ma wag op operasie, word ‘vergeet’ in stoorkamer

’n Vrou is woedend nadat haar sieklike ma, wat ’n noodoperasie aan ’n bloeiende maagseer moes ondergaan, ure lank in ’n stoorkamer in die Pelonomi-hospitaal in Bloemfontein “vergeet” is. Desire Nel, ’n administrateur van Johannesburg, sê haar ma, Veronica (59), is Saterdag in die vroeë oggendure van die hospitaal op Odendaalsrus na Pelonomi oorgeplaas. Veronica, […]
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Suid-Rand-hospitaal in Johannesburg het 4 031 geboufoute

Meer as 4 000 geboufoute is in die Suid-Rand-hospitaal in The Hill in Johannesburg geïdentifiseer en dit voldoen glo nie aan die Wet op Beroepsgesondheid en Veiligheid nie. Dr. Gwen Ramokgopa, Gautengse LUR vir gesondheid, het dit in ’n geskrewe antwoord op vrae deur Jack Bloom, DA-woordvoerder oor gesondheid in Gauteng, in die provinsiale wetgewer […]
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What’s driving up our healthcare costs?

Discovery Health CEO explains why South Africans are paying higher medical aid premiums than ever before. Access to quality healthcare at an affordable price is a critical priority for every family, and in society at large. South Africans lucky enough to afford private healthcare have rapid and convenient access to some of the best quality […]
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Cancer treatment waiting times in KZN increase by almost 30% as services stall

Cancer patients are waiting up to nine months for treatment, says the South African Human Rights Commission. KwaZulu-Natal cancer patients are now waiting nine months for treatment, alleges Democratic Alliance spokesperson for health in KwaZulu-Natal Imran Keeka. In a statement, Keeka said South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) chairperson Bongani Majola revealed this new information […]
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Medical aid waiting periods and late-joiner penalties: What. How. Why?

The world of medical schemes in South Africa is a very different one to 25 years ago. There are strict rules and regulations governing the industry, there to protect both the members and the financial sustainability of the scheme. Now is the time of year when medical schemes announce their annual increases and benefit changes. […]
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Life Esidimeni: How good people come to do very bad things

Arbitration reveals the skeletons in the Gauteng health department’s closet culture that gave rise to 141 deaths and continues to thrive. Levy Mosenogi could be described like many men who throughout history who have ended up on its bad side: a religious man and active in his community by his own account during his recent […]
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GAUTENG HEALTH OFFICIAL ADMITS BEING NEGLIGENT OVER ESIDIMENI TRAGEDY

A senior Gauteng Health Department official who headed the Life Esidimeni project has admitted that he was an irresponsible and negligent leader. Levy Mosenogi is testifying on Wednesday during the arbitration process between the State and families of victims of the Esidimeni tragedy. One-hundred-and-eighteen psychiatric patients died after the department terminated its contract with the […]
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