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GTC Medical Aid Survey 2017

Published: Fri, 23 Jun 17

Results reveal that small medical aids also offer good value, and highlights that consumers may be unaware of their own medical aid plans and the benefits contained therein. Smaller medical schemes perform well by offering consumers value for money, but they have not been as successful as some of the larger schemes ...
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Diabetes is the most potentially devastating – and fastest-growing – health crisis of our time

Published: Tue, 20 Jun 17

There may be as many as 4. 6 million people in South Africa living with diabetes, and possibly the same number at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Those diagnosed face the risk of life-changing and life-limiting complications unless they receive the care and the support they need to manage their condition well. ...
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Youth urged to lead the Long Walk to Prevention

Published: Fri, 16 Jun 17

Pretoria: South Africa’s current youth need to make history and take up the HIV and Aids prevention revolution, like those of 1976. “The Long Walk to Prevention calls for the energy, vibrancy and infinite resourcefulness of young people. They must lead the Prevention Revolution because prevention is the ...
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Enlarged prostate a debilitating medical condition for many older men

Published: Thu, 15 Jun 17

New treatment for severely enlarged prostate achieving excellent outcomes in SA    While many older men suffer from symptoms due to enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), as it is known in medical terms, they often simply keep quiet and continue living with the uncomfortable symptoms ...
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Medical emergencies when flying – what help is available?

Published: Wed, 14 Jun 17

A prominent international airline recently announced that it had to divert 60 flights in order to treat passengers who needed immediate medical care in 2016 alone. On-board medical emergencies have become so frequent that the International Air Transport Association (IATA), to which all major airlines belong, has initiated ...
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Swiss Re's 2017 SONAR report examines top emerging risks the re/insurance industry and society are facing

Published: Wed, 14 Jun 17

Swiss Re's latest SONAR report features 20 new emerging risk themes and six emerging trend spotlights the re/insurance industry should have on its radar Reduced market access, regulatory fragmentation, the return of inflation, and cloud risk accumulation pose the largest challenges with the highest downside ...
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Can medical professionals be employed by a private facility?

Published: Mon, 12 Jun 17

              Tarryn Paterson, Associate Hogan Lovells (South Africa)         Certain trends are being noted with the ever-increasing number of medical malpractice claims instituted against medical practitioners. ...
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Intermediaries applaud South Africa’s top insurance brands

Published: Fri, 09 Jun 17

            Lizelle van der Merwe, CEO at the FIA                     In a ‘best of the best’ celebration held at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg on 8 ...
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The Council for Medical Schemes has noted the Constitutional Court judgement on Genesis

Published: Fri, 09 Jun 17

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has noted the Constitutional Court judgement on the appeal matter brought by Genesis Medical Scheme against the Registrar of Medical Schemes and the CMS. The Constitutional Court’s ruling in favour of Genesis Medical Scheme that funds in medical scheme members’ personal ...
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3 Reasons why workplace wellness is important to sustainable business development

Published: Fri, 02 Jun 17

By Dr Dicky Els http://www. bewell. org. za/ Johannesburg: Corporate leaders often assume that workplace wellness is only important when it comes to rating the organisation as an employer of choice. However, enlightened leaders realise there is more to employee wellness and disease management than meets ...
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New legislation offers health insurance policyholders better protection

Published: Wed, 31 May 17

New legislation impacting health insurance offers policyholders better protection by mapping out clear rules on exclusions, waiting periods, benefits and commission. Falling under the Long-Term and Short-Term Insurance Acts, the demarcation regulations affect all gap cover, hospital cash plans and primary healthcare ...
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Be part of the change you want to see by attending your medical scheme’s AGM

Published: Thu, 25 May 17

The medical scheme industry has many challenges. In order for schemes to survive in the current medical climate, all members have to be constructively involved and understand both the products they have bought and how their scheme works. Cape Medical Plan (CMP) is a mutual society and the core concept related ...
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Getting global fees right

Published: Tue, 23 May 17

There is some controversy about alternative reimbursement models in the commercial healthcare industry. Global fees contracts - where a single payment is made to a healthcare team to cover all costs including hospitals, either monthly, or for a defined episode of care such as hip surgery – have attracted most ...
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African Healthcare – ripe for disruption

Published: Mon, 22 May 17

Matthew Donen, Senior Private Equity Analyst, RisCura   Mobile technology is rapidly transforming the way business is being conducted in Africa, particularly in the healthcare industry, as a result of greater internet connectivity. With patients in Africa having to wait in long queues, travel ...
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National Health Insurance Update

Published: Thu, 18 May 17

A report in Business Day quotes Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi as saying that he will present a revised version of the National Health Insurance (NHI) white paper to a cabinet subcommittee on Tuesday, 16 May. “A key aspect that will be scrutinised is the future role of SA’s medical schemes and administrators ...
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Minister eyes R20bn in med scheme tax credits for NHI Fund

Published: Wed, 17 May 17

Cape Town: Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, says the tax credits that are being earmarked for the establishment of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Fund amount to R20 billion. The Minister said this when he tabled the Department of Health’s Budget Vote in the Old Assembly Chamber in Parliament on Tuesday ...
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Novartis highlights hypertension risks

Published: Wed, 17 May 17

This World Hypertension Day, Novartis warns of unhealthy habits that raise your blood pressure   Johannesburg: The old adage ‘take it with a pinch of salt’ is meant to be a positive one – implying that a pinch of salt is of little consequence. But for those with high blood pressure and ...
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Finalists announced as the 2017 FIA Awards contenders hit the home stretch

Published: Wed, 17 May 17

      Lizelle van der Merwe, CEO Financial Intermediaries Association of Southern Africa                 Excitement is mounting as the financial services brands ‘in the running’ for the 2017 FIA Awards ...
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Hospital does not owe duty to inform patients of waiting times (UK)

Published: Wed, 17 May 17

  Sandra Sithole, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc.   In a bizarre judgment, the English court of appeal found that a hospital receptionist does not owe a duty of care to a patient to inform him of the correct waiting times and patient-care practices in an accident ...
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Hospital Association of South Africa catalogue of Research papers freely available

Published: Tue, 16 May 17

In case you’re not already aware, the Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) has a LinkedIn page. Stay abreast of healthcare reform, research, and debates by following their LinkedIn page here: https://goo.
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