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Laws must change if State hopes to limit medical malpractice awards

Published: Wed, 26 Apr 17

By Jay Page Senior Associate and Toni Dammert, Candidate Attorney, Medical Malpractice and Insurance at Bowmans A recent appeal court judgment has held that the State cannot offer free future medical treatment in lieu of paying monetary damages upfront. The State attempted to argue that, by not accepting the offer ...
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Cape Law Society issues statement on MEC’s comments regarding medical malpractice suits

Published: Tue, 25 Apr 17

By Lulama Lobi, Acting President of The Cape Law Society On behalf of the Council of the Cape Law Society Placing the blame for medical malpractice suits at the door of attorneys will not lead to the improvement of the standard of public health care for the majority in South Africa The Council of The Cape ...
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The importance of referral letters when operating in a co-ordinated care environment

Published: Fri, 21 Apr 17

By Cape Medical Plan Co-ordinated care is not a new concept to the healthcare and medical scheme world, but it is one that hasn’t been utilised in South Africa for a long time. Co-ordinated care involves putting all healthcare providers on the same page when it comes to treating the patient, which will ultimately ...
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Yay or Nay to Demarcation Regulations?

Published: Thu, 20 Apr 17

By Marcel du Toit, CEO Optivest Health Solutions The demarcation between health insurance and medical schemes has a long history, going back as far as 2000 after the enactment of the Medical Schemes Act no. The basis of the demarcation debate was the fact that certain health insurance products were deemed to infringe ...
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Diseases of lifestyle represent an important threat to SA’s future

Published: Tue, 18 Apr 17

Non-communicable disease ‘epidemic’ needs to be addressed by all South Africans   Diseases related to unhealthy lifestyles and poor diets represent a growing health and economic burden in South Africa that requires most urgent attention. This is the view of the Principal Officer of ...
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Workplace stress: a real organisational risk

Published: Wed, 12 Apr 17

Article by Dr Dicky Els and Terrance M. Booysen   It is imperative that the impact of work-related stress and the negative impact of distress be incorporated into the organisation’s enterprise-wide risk management framework. A Bloomberg study conducted in 2013 revealed that South Africa is the second-most ...
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The once-and-for-all rule for delictual damages

Published: Tue, 11 Apr 17

    Patrick Bracher, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc.     A person who claims for damages sustained as a result of injuries negligently caused by someone else has a single, indivisible cause of action and must sue for all damages in one claim. This ...
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What's Your Back Pocket Story?

Published: Fri, 07 Apr 17

      Jacques de Villiers www. jacquesdevilliers. com       There are times in the life of a professional speaker where he or she is going to run into trouble. Most speakers have stories from their lives and should have them ready in case things go wrong ...
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Defining the boundaries: Retention of medical records

Published: Fri, 07 Apr 17

              Tarryn Paterson, an associate at Hogan Lovells (South Africa) Supervising partner: Leishen Pillay         Medical records are of vital importance both in the medical and legal spheres in South Africa ...
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Emergency room and GP visits

Published: Fri, 07 Apr 17

By Cape Medical Plan Believe it or not, South Africa is at the forefront of emergency room protocols. This is thanks to our superior system of sorting patients into different priorities based on their degree of illness or injury. It has been adopted by medical staff worldwide, but can be confusing to the layman ...
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Largest African Healthcare Congress to Drive Change in Healthcare Industry

Published: Thu, 06 Apr 17

Scientific and technological breakthroughs are changing the way doctors treat and manage diseases. However, many developing nations across Africa still lack basic resources and infrastructure to provide quality healthcare. These healthcare challenges will be addressed at the 7th annual Africa Health Exhibition ...
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Oneplan Health Insurance launches Air Angels in partnership with Bryte Insurance and ER24

Published: Tue, 04 Apr 17

Affordable, emergency helicopter services now available to South Africans   Johannesburg, South Africa: Oneplan Health Insurance (Oneplan), an affordable healthcare provider, has partnered with business risk specialist, Bryte Insurance, and emergency medical care provider, ER24, to introduce Air Angels. ...
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Govt launches new five-year plan on HIV, TB, STIs

Published: Fri, 31 Mar 17

Pretoria: Friday (31 March 2017) will see Government launching the National Strategic Plan (NSP) for the next five years, on HIV, Tuberculosis (TB) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Cabinet approved the five-year plan, which will guide South Africa’s response to the HIV epidemic, STIs and TB, at its ...
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Gauteng Health appoints hospital boards, clinic committees

Published: Wed, 29 Mar 17

Pretoria: The Gauteng Department of Health has appointed hospital boards to strengthen the management of hospitals around the province. The department has appointed 161 board members, up by 53% from the initial 41 board members. Gauteng Health MEC, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa said: “With the 66 board members that are ...
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Law Society seriously concerned at unsubstantiated allegations against attorneys regarding medical negligence claims

Published: Tue, 28 Mar 17

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) voices its serious concern at the allegations made against the attorneys’ profession at last week’s joint sitting of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Appropriations and the Portfolio Committee on Health. The LSSA is seeking a meeting with the joint committees ...
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New hope in fight against drug-resistant TB

Published: Mon, 27 Mar 17

By More Matshediso Pretoria: The introduction of Delamanid, a Japanese manufactured drug, has ushered in new hope in the fight against multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in South Africa. Delamanid, manufactured by pharmaceutical company, Otsuka, will initially be made available to 400 patients in South Africa ...
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Loss of the right to rear a child does not give rise to constitutional damages

Published: Wed, 22 Mar 17

By Justin Malherbe and Rukshana Parker Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc. Our law does not recognise a claim for constitutional damages for loss of a parent’s right to rear a child who was stillborn as a result of medical negligence. In Mbhele v MEC Health for the Gauteng Province, an expectant mother ...
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Consumer experience and efficiencies: the core focus for the FSB’s transition to FSCA

Published: Mon, 20 Mar 17

            Advocate Dube Tshidi, Executive Officer at FSB                     It has been said many times that that the only constant is change. This rings true for the Financial ...
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Medical aid vs medical insurance – the demarcation regulations

Published: Mon, 20 Mar 17

After four years of consultation, the Treasury finally gazetted the demarcation regulations in December, ending years of uncertainty on the future of gap cover, hospital cash plans and primary healthcare policies. The issue at stake has been about where the line should be drawn (hence demarcation regulations) between ...
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SA sees new treatment option for cancer patients

Published: Thu, 16 Mar 17

A new cancer centre in Cape Town has introduced an innovative treatment option for cancer patients called Photodynamic Therapy (PDT). Researched and developed by a global team of professionals, research scientists and physicians, PDT uses light to destroy cancer tissue and is unique in its non-invasive, affordable ...
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