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Healthcare in South Africa – consumers have their say

Published: Fri, 24 Feb 17

At the end of last year, the Competition Commission conducted an inquiry of the private healthcare sector to get to the bottom of the industry’s overinflated prices. At the same time, a healthcare consumer survey took place. It also stimulates competitors to work harder, provide better quality services, at superior ...
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Rare Disease Day puts the spotlight on research and awareness

Published: Thu, 23 Feb 17

Approximately 50% of the people affected by rare diseases are children. [i] Of these young patients, 30% will not live to see their 5th birthday. [ii] Furthermore, rare diseases are responsible for 35% of deaths in the first year of life. As part of a worldwide campaign to raise awareness for patients, families and ...
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Self-injury taking its toll

Published: Wed, 22 Feb 17

In an ever-changing world where teenagers and young adolescents are increasingly confronted with new challenges, peer pressure, demanding relationships and the like, the growing phenomenon of self-harm as a means of regulating their emotions comes as no surprise. Indeed, the prevalence of self-harm is increasingly ...
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New eMalahleni water crisis and electricity put pressure on hospitals

Published: Wed, 22 Feb 17

Early last night, 21 February, the Directorate of Technical Services at eMalahleni Municipality announced that the power breaks effected by Eskom which is in dispute with the local authority have affected its water pumping system. In addition, the pipeline between the Witbank Dam and the local purification ...
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Update on Eskom power cuts to hospitals in Mpumalanga

Published: Mon, 20 Feb 17

Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) update on statement issued last week regarding power cuts to hospitals in Mpumalanga   The hospitals potentially affected by the power cuts include: eMalahleni Private Hospital – 110 beds eMalahleni Day Hospital – 20 beds De La Vie Day Hospital ...
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South Africans urged to engage with 2017 Budget

Published: Mon, 20 Feb 17

Pretoria: South Africans are urged to engage with the 2017 National Budget Speech that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will table in Parliament on Wednesday. “The presentation of the National Budget is an important part of our open and accountable budget process. It outlines the finances available for the implementation ...
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Eskom cuts power to hospitals in Mpumalanga

Published: Fri, 17 Feb 17

“The Hospital Association of South Africa notes with grave concern the announcement of Eskom power cuts in a media statement issued yesterday by the power utility for Doornpoort, Churchill, Kwa Guqa, Witbank and Ermelo, that may seriously affect private and public hospitals serving these areas. Even ...
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Why are private healthcare costs rising?

Published: Fri, 17 Feb 17

It’s no secret that healthcare costs are on the rise. At a medical scheme conference in August last year, it was announced that it will only get worse. However, a number of factors were identified, and at Cape Medical Plan, we will be doing our best to combat the problem. Issues brought to the fore included ...
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Maternity care crisis in private sector

Published: Tue, 14 Feb 17

Healthcare management company PPO Serve has raised awareness around an escalating crisis in obstetrics during Pregnancy Awareness Week, which takes place from 8 to 14 February. Many practitioners are leaving active practice due to extremely high indemnity insurance costs, which are expected to reach up to R850 000 ...
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Immuno-Oncology Fact Sheet: The role of the immune system

Published: Mon, 13 Feb 17

1. The human body is regularly exposed to micro-organisms, such as bacteria and viruses, other toxic molecules and cancer cells that cause disease. 1 2. The immune system consists of a complex collection of organs and cells that protect the body from these foreign disease-causing organisms, molecules and cells ...
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Medical aid – why it’s so important

Published: Mon, 13 Feb 17

Those who are young and healthy or have limited finances might find it difficult to see why joining a medical scheme is so important. Sometimes it’s the first expense that gets cut when times are tough but cancelling or forgoing medical aid can be risky. Medical aid is expensive and becoming more so every year ...
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HASA responds to Dr Kgosi Letlape’s assertion that medical aids are “a crime against humanity”

Published: Thu, 09 Feb 17

The Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) notes with some disappointment reports quoting the Health Professions Council of South Africa’s (HPSCA) Dr Kgosi Letlape as saying that “medical aids are a crime against humanity. ”   His comments come at a time, says HASA, when the South ...
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Liberty Health steps up child health efforts in Africa

Published: Wed, 08 Feb 17

Vaccines have played a critical role in reducing child mortality rates in Africa, particularly in terms of deaths associated with childhood diseases. Whilst a lot has improved in terms of child health over the past two decades, the number of children in the developing world who die from preventable diseases and conditions ...
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SA’s plan to curb new HIV infections

Published: Tue, 07 Feb 17

Pretoria: South Africa is hard at work to meet its target of zero new HIV infections by the year 2030. Currently, about seven million people are living with HIV and Aids in South Africa and 50% of them are receiving antiretroviral (ARV) treatment. The target of no new infections by 2030 is set in the National Development ...
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National Department of Health reviews licences of 27 NGOs

Published: Tue, 07 Feb 17

Pretoria: The National Department of Health has commenced with processes to review the licences of all the 27 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) who received patients during the Gauteng Mental Health Marathon Project (GMHMP). This follows the recommendations of the report issued by the Health Ombudsman, Professor ...
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GEMS adds value with socially responsible healthcare cover option

Published: Mon, 06 Feb 17

Efficient and efficacious use of health resources a global imperative   It is no revelation that healthcare remains a scarce and precious resource, both in South Africa and globally. Similarly, the pool of funds available for the healthcare of any medical scheme’s membership is finite and must be ...
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The importance of medical aid for young people

Published: Fri, 03 Feb 17

Those who are young and in good health may consider their monthly medical aid debit order something of a “grudge purchase” but ask anyone who has been involved in an accident or needed expensive medical treatment or hospitalisation – it can be a life saver. Picture this – you’re ...
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Acting CE & Registrar of Council for Medical Schemes appointed

Published: Wed, 01 Feb 17

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) announced today, 1 February 2017, the appointment of the Acting Chief Executive & Registrar for medical schemes. The Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, appointed Dr Sipho Kabane to act until the vacant CE & Registrar’s position is filled. Dr Kabane has been ...
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Is there operating room for compulsory PI insurance for health professionals?

Published: Tue, 31 Jan 17

By Kylie Slambert, a candidate attorney at Hogan Lovells (South Africa) Supervising partner: Deon Francis   Since its inception on 30 August 2010, the regulations requiring health professionals to have professional indemnity insurance have lain dormant in a state of moratorium, almost as a distant memory ...
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Reconstructive surgery required to future medical expenses awards

Published: Mon, 30 Jan 17

                By Tarryn Paterson, associate Hogan Lovells (South Africa)         Over the recent years, a lot has been said about the ever-increasing quantum of medical malpractice claims in South Africa ...
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