Telemedicine: Perfect for some…disastrous for others

A study of rheumatology patients and clinicians has found that while the majority found phone or video consultations more convenient than face-to-face consultations, they...

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Stopping clawbacks from funders could be “catastrophic”

If the SA Society of Physiotherapy’s (SASP) should succeed in its court bid to declare unconstitutional Section 59(3) of the Medical Scheme Act (MSA)...

Need for uniformity in device-related funding stressed

Medical device and funding industry representatives have agreed that, mainly because of the fragmented nature of both relationships and processes, uniform measures have to...

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COVID has shown ‘we can do it!’ – Crisp

The sharing of hospital resources during the height of COVID and the collective effort on the planning and implementation of the entire vaccination programme...

Single payer system ‘takes away diversity of alternatives’

One of the setbacks with a single payer system is that takes way the diversity of alternatives in the event of inevitable failures, Hospital...

Rollout of JnJ booster jab to HCWs to start in November

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) says it is working with the Department of Health, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA)...

Booster Covid shots for HCWs immediately required

The South African Medical Association and the South African Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF) have called on government to make booster Covid-19 shots for healthcare...

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SA facing mass exodus of specialists as Covid wanes

South Africa could face another exodus of specialists in the coming months, not because of the devastating impact the Covid-19 pandemic had on private...

CMS Industry Report: admin costs continue to rise despite expenditure, utilisation...

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has confirmed a considerable drop in healthcare benefits expenditure with a concomitant solvency increase for medical schemes in...

As scheme reserves soar, private healthcare utilisation remains low

As medical schemes continue to report record surpluses due to reduced healthcare utilisation by members in the past two years, the crushing effect the...

DoH launches digital Covid-19 certificates

The Department of Health has launched its Covid-19 vaccine certificate portal, which will give users a QR code that shows their vaccination status. The certificate is...

Webinar on SAMA’s position on vaccination mandates and certificates

The impact of the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic predicted to hit the country in November or December this year on the people...

NHI: how will fairness be measured?

One cannot take politics out of health, the political economy of health being an important element particularly with National Health Insurance (NHI) in prospect. In...

Eliminating wastage key intervention to rooting out fraud

Eliminating wastage can be the single biggest intervention that can address productivity, promote professionalism, and root out fraud and corruption. “It can also promote developmental...

Section 59 report prompts streamlining of internal fraud investigations

Challenges uncovered by the panel commissioned by the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) to investigate alleged racial profiling by medical schemes in terms of...