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Will Extra R4.2-billion allocated to the National Health Insurance change the poor state of hospital care?

Treasury has allocated an additional R4.2-billion to the National Health Insurance (NHI), sticking to its guns on funding it through cutting tax credits.

In the budget tabled by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday, an additional R700-million was set aside for 2018/19, R1.4 billion for 2019/20 and R2.1 billion for 2020/21 – all to be funded through amendments to the medical tax subsidy.

Gigaba said: “Over the medium term, the NHI is allocated an additional R2.4-billion, funded through an amendment to the medical expenses tax subsidy.”

Gigaba said accelerating the roll-out of NHI was part of the government’s plan not only to increase social protection but to raise the life expectancy of South Africans to at least 70 years by 2030.

“Our social protection systems continue to protect the poorest and most vulnerable and the government has continued progressively on the path towards national health insurance,” said Gigaba.

Overall, the government would be spending R205-billion on health this coming financial year. This amount is estimated to grow to R240-billion by the 2020/21 financial year, the 2018 budget review document revealed.

“The health budget, which accounts for 13.9 percent of total spending, will grow at an average annual rate of 7.8 percent over the medium term. Of this amount, R125.9-billion will be for tertiary hospital services and R66.4-billion will support HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.”

A total of R368-million was allocated over the next three years to begin a public awareness campaign to complement the health levy on sugary beverages and to establish a health technology assessment unit.

“Government’s anti-retroviral treatment programme reaches 3.9 million people. To fully fund the expansion of the programme, R1 billion is added to the comprehensive HIV, AIDS and TB grant in 2020/21.”

The Community Health Worker Programme, which delivers home-based care to those living with HIV/AIDS and TB, was allocated R4.4 billion over the next three years.

In 2018/19, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority, which replaces the Medicines Control Council, would be established as a public entity and would have the responsibility of regulating the registration, licensing, manufacturing and importing of active pharmaceutical ingredients, medicines and medical devices.

“The new authority will receive R396.9 million in transfers, and will generate revenue by collecting fees from the pharmaceutical and health products industry,” said Treasury.

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Moms with newborns have to lie on floor in overcrowded NW hospital

A picture of a woman lying with her newborn baby on a mattress placed on the floor of the maternity ward at the Bophelong Hospital in Mahikeng has gone viral‚ thrusting the apparently overcrowded hospital into the spotlight.

On Monday‚ the North West Department of Health told TimesLIVE that it was aware of the crisis at the hospital.

“There is a planned expansion of beds. The situation is worsened by the fact that Lehurutshe is also referring operations of caesarian sections to Mafikeng due to non-operation of their theatre‚” said department spokesman Tebogo Lekgethwane.

Lekgethwane said the Lehurutshe had since fixed up its maternity ward and the situation was expected to improve.

In September‚ Lehurutse referred 62 patients to Bophelong. A further 109 were referred in October while 127 were referred in December‚ he said.

Lekgethwane could not immediately say how many patients the ward was certified to admit‚ neither was he able to provide answers on whether the department had deployed more staff to deal with the overcrowding.

During the state of the nation address debate‚ EFF MP Delisile Ngwenya called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the situation at the hospital.

“As we speak now‚ Mr President‚ At Bophelong Hospital Mafikeng‚ North West‚ their maternity ward looks like where you would keep your buffalos‚” Ngwenya said.

“New mothers are subjected to the most degrading conditions where they even have to sleep on the floor with their newborn babies‚” she added.

Besides the overcrowding at the hospital‚ some patients have complained about the lack of security at the hospital.

“When I was in Bophelong Hospital on the 17th Dec 2017… the nurses told us there was a person trying to steal babies from our ward‚ I had to guard my baby the whole night‚” one former patient said on Facebook.

By: Times Live

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Slagoffer van plaasaanval sterk goed aan nadat hy privaat mediese sorg ontvang het

Berdus Henrico, wat verlede week tydens ’n plaasaanval naby Melkrivier gewond is, sterk goed aan nadat hy privaat mediese sorg ontvang het.

Hy is aanvanklik in die F.H. Odendaal-hospitaal in Modimolle opgeneem, maar het volgens sy familie nie voldoende mediese sorg ontvang nie.

Meer as 36 uur ná die aanval het die hospitaal steeds niks gedoen om die koeëls in sy bo-arm en skouer te verwyder nie, het Henrico gesê. Daar is wel plate geneem, steke ingesit en hy het antibiotika ontvang.

Henrico en sy verloofde, Estelle Niewenhuys, is op Dinsdag 6 Februarie net ná 20:00 in hul plaashuis deur vermoedelik drie jong mans oorval terwyl hulle besig was om aandete voor te berei. Die aanvallers is nog op vrye voet. Die Pos het ná die aanval met die paartjie gesels.

Henrico is in die bo-arm en skouer geskiet en nog ’n koeël het ’n wond teen sy wangbeen en agterkop veroorsaak. Dié wonde het steke ontvang. Niewenhuys is nie ernstig beseer nie, maar het die oggend ná die aanval twee gate in haar hemp en ’n rooi streep oor haar maag waar ’n koeël haar ook rakelings gemis het, aan Die Pos gewys.

Henrico is ná die aanval na die F.H. Odendaal-hospitaal in Modimolle geneem. Hy is die volgende oggend na Polokwane geneem om plate te neem, maar is direk daarna weer terug na F.H. Odendaal-hospitaal waar hy opgeneem is. Henrico het aan Die Pos gesê dit was ’n uitmergelende rit omdat hy nie voldoende pynmedikasie ontvang het nie. Hy en ’n erg getraumatiseerde Niewenhuys het die volgende oggend ook nie iets te ete of drinke gekry nie.

Die nag ná die aanval het die verpleegpersoneel volgens hom gedurende die nag sokker gekyk en hul luide gejuig het die pasiënte wakker gehou.

Henrico, wat nie ’n mediese fonds het nie, is die volgende dag na ’n privaat dokter op Bela-Bela geneem. Die koeël in sy bo-arm is verwyder en op Maandag 12 Februarie het ’n ortopeed na die koeël by sy skouerknop gekyk. Daar bestaan kommer dat die besering die werking van sy arm kan beïnvloed. Volgens Henrico se suster, Chrisna van der Merwe, sal die koeël binne die volgende week verwyder word. “Henrico het infeksie in die wonde in sy gesig en kop opgedoen omdat dit nie mooi skoongemaak was nie. Dit word nou eers behandel. Die steke, wat baie slordig ingesit was, is verwyder.” Henrico sterk tans by Ina Booyse, ’n familielid, op Bela-Bela aan.

“Ons is baie dankbaar vir al die ondersteuning wat ons van die gemeenskap af ontvang het, asook hulp om Berdus se mediese koste te betaal,” het sy gesê. Die paartjie sal ook berading ontvang om die gebeure te verwerk.

“My broer wil net terug plaas toe. Die diere en plaaslewe is sy passie,” het sy gesê.

Desiree van der Walt, die DA se kiesafdelingshoof in die Waterberge, het die beweerde swak behandeling wat Henrico by die hospitaal ontvang het, onder die aandag van dr. Phophi Ramathuba, LUR vir gesondheid van Limpopo, gebring. Sy het ook die hoof- uitvoerende beampte van die hospitaal gekontak. Van der Walt het ook vrae by die parlement ingedien oor die behandeling wat Henrico by die staatshospitaal ontvang het.

Deur: Die Pos

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SA ‘dokters’ in China moet glo oor begin in Rusland

Sowat 60 Vrystaatse mediese studente wat al drie jaar in China studeer, gaan glo na Rusland gestuur word waar hulle van voor af met hul studie moet begin. Dit omdat die Raad vir Gesondheidsberoepe van Suid-Afrika nie hul kwalifikasies erken nie omdat dit glo nie op peil is nie.

So beweer Kgotso Morapela, Vrystaatse leier van die EFF.

Dit is glo omdat die Vrystaatse premierskantoor wat die beursprojekte hanteer, die studente van swak inligting voorsien het, sê Morapela.

Tiisetso Makhele, woordvoerder van die Vrystaatse premier, Ace Magashule, het gesê hulle wag op die EFF om met hulle oor die saak te praat.

“Die Vrystaatse Provinsiale Regering het ’n komitee gestig wat alle sake rondom die beursprogramme hanteer. Ons sal die saak met die nodige waardigheid hanteer.”
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#LifeEsidimeni: Motsoaledi and Makhura could be forced to pay up from their pockets

Those who oversaw the removal of mental health patients could face the full wrath of the law as could those standing by as KZN’s cancer care fails.

Gauteng health department officials could be criminally charged with culpable homicide for their roles in the Life Esidimeni scandal, says David McQuoid-Mason, a law professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Socio-Legal Studies.

He believes former Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu, her former head of department, Barney Selebano, and the mental health services director, Makgoba Manamela, could be convicted of culpable homicide if prosecutors can prove their negligence caused the deaths of at least 144 patients and that these deaths were illegal. McQuoid-Mason was speaking at a lecture hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics last week.
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Geld groot kopseer vir gesondheid in Gauteng

Die onlangse uitbreking van die dodelike listeriose in Gauteng is nie die grootste probleem wat die provinsiale gesondheidsdepartement in die gesig staar nie. Die min geld tot die einde van die finansiële jaar is vir die DA ’n bron van kommer.

Jack Bloom, die DA se woordvoerder in Gauteng, sê hoewel listeriose moeilik is om te bekamp, het die voorkoming van die siekte in werklikheid ’n minimale impak op die departement se funksionering.

Dr. Gwen Ramokgopa, Gauteng se LUR vir gesondheid, het Dinsdag by ’n voorlegging aan die provinsiale portefeuljekomitee oor gesondheid erken haar departement sukkel om die siekte te bekamp.

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The real reason why Gauteng doesn’t want to pay up for #LifeEsidimeni

‘Families should be compensated for trauma, but not for what the deceased went through’, says state advocate.

The Gauteng provincial government’s resistance to paying Constitutional damages to the families who lost their loved ones in the Life Esidimeni tragedy, may be tied to the fear of accepting greater responsibility.

This follows a 2015 Gauteng health department decision to place almost 1700 former Life Esidimeni mental health patients in the care of deadly NGOs. While 144 have since died, a further 12 remain missing.
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Discovery Health recovers R568m through fraud-control activities in 2017

According to Discovery Health CEO, Dr Jonathan Broomberg, efforts to curb fraud in the healthcare system resulted in R568m recovered on behalf of client schemes in 2017, compared to R405m in 2016. Further, fraud-control activities in which health professionals and others contemplating fraud desist from committing fraud in reaction to visible policing and action by Discovery Health, prevented additional fraud to the value of approximately R3bn over the last two years, adds Broomberg.

Discovery Health has invested substantially in fighting the scourge of healthcare fraud. Efforts include the deployment of a specialised team of over 100 analysts and professional investigators as well as a proprietary forensic software system that uses sophisticated algorithms to analyse claims data and identify any unusual claim patterns. Invaluable tip-offs from whistleblowers also help to identify fraud.
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Life Esidimeni families want R1.5m each for constitutional damage

On top of the R200‚000 compensation for emotional shock‚ psychological injury and funeral expenses from the State‚ Life Esidimeni families want each claimant to receive R1.5-million for constitutional damage redress.

On Thursday‚ the Life Esidimeni arbitration convened for closing arguments in Parktown‚ Johannesburg. Though the two parties agreed on the emotional trauma claim under common law‚ in respect of the claim for constitutional damages‚ the State and Section 27 did not reach an agreement.

Section 27 Advocate Adila Hassim argued why the State should compensate the families for the violation of constitutional rights.
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