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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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Building on success: The 2017 FIA Awards survey is underway

Published: Tue, 25 Apr 17

The 2016-17 Global Competitiveness Report ranks South Africa 11th out of 138 countries for our financial market development. In a report card that even the toughest parent would be proud of we scooped first place for financing through our local equity markets; second place for financial services’ ability to ...
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Laws amendment to accommodate health insurance demarcation regulations

Published: Tue, 25 Apr 17

      Patrick Bracher, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc.   The pending changes to the Medical Schemes Act and the Long-term and Short-term Insurance Acts to accommodate the demarcation regulations were made on 1 April 2017 including the new definition ...
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SA Law Society elects new Co-Chairpersons

Published: Mon, 24 Apr 17

Caption: David Bekker (left) and Walid Brown, Co-Chairpersons, Law ...
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Associated Compliance Protection of Personal Information Act Series: Part 7

Published: Fri, 21 Apr 17

Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) – Security Safeguards   Over the last seven months the POPIA articles have dealt with responsibility, processing, purpose, further processing, information quality and transparency or openness. Now that you have established the reason and purpose ...
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Message from the Junkyard

Published: Fri, 21 Apr 17

By Richard Rattue, Managing Director, Compli-Serve   As we are all aware South Africa was recently downgraded to ‘junk’ status by two of the three major ratings agencies amid allegations of poor macro governance and related matters that are beyond this article. As a compliance professional ...
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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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CDAO Africa brings together the emerging South African data and analytics community

Published: Mon, 10 Apr 17

The South African data analytics environment is gaining momentum but companies are still faced with a number of challenges to truly weave data analytics into the fabric of their organisations. When asked about where the majority of South African companies are in their data journey, Craig Steward, Managing ...
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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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Associated Compliance Newsletter – March 2017

Published: Mon, 03 Apr 17

The March 2017 Associated Compliance Newsletter has been published in the Insurance Gateway® Knowledge Base. With a compliance flavour, these newsletters provide a comprehensive overview of happenings within the overall regulatory environment for FSPs, and are a must read for FSP executives who need to keep their ...
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How to have a happy, productive workforce - without spending a cent

Published: Mon, 03 Apr 17

By Heinrich van der Vyver There comes a tipping point in every business’s lifecycle where the challenges that keep the business owner awake at night move from new client acquisition and product delivery, and become focused on staff productivity and motivation. Aside from the fact that you want to protect ...
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Call for Caution on Regulatory Interventions

Published: Mon, 03 Apr 17

Last week we published an extract from the ASISA Dispatches to give readers a perspective on the multitude of legislative changes currently underway in the financial services environment. On Tuesday, the Financial Intermediaries Association of Southern Africa (FIA) issued a media release to express its concern over ...
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