Public health medico-legal claims will render NHI ‘stillborn’ – medico-legal expert

Even if there are funds to implement National Health Insurance (NHI) as envisaged, Donald Dinnie, well-known medico-legal practitioner, has predicted that the scheme will be “stillborn” due...

Some personal care products causing dermatitis may be unexpected

A specialist in contact dermatitis provided a primer on identifying the most likely causes of allergic rashes in soaps, shampoos, and sunscreens at the...

Life-saving antibiotic receives new use guidelines from researchers around world

First international consensus reached to create guidelines on polymyxins, a last-resort antibiotic for deadly bacteria

11th UPdate conference

Held from 1-3 March at the University of Pretoria’s Groenkloof Campus, this year’s UPdate Annual Conference again provided the ideal opportunity for paediatricians and other healthcare professionals involved...

OPINION: Costing NHI: Time to get our heads out of the...

A recent article in the Sunday Times “Better not to know total NHI cost” is reflection of the Minister of Health being totally disingenuous and denialist...

Beating burnout: A daunting but achievable feat

Healthcare professionals need to acknowledge that the stresses they work under and the toxic environment they work in predispose them to burnout and depression. It is...

Elimination diet not likely to help paediatric atopic dermatitis

Eliminating foods in an effort to control atopic dermatitis in children may do more harm than good, according to a review of the topic...

Should patients be considered consumers?

There is broad support for building healthcare systems that are patient-centred, seen as a means of improving health outcomes and as morally worthy in itself. But...

Claims withheld while scheme under investigation…?

A recent media report alleging that medical aid claim payments are withheld because a scheme was under investigation prompted a question from the floor to this effect...

Care compromised by fraud, abuse equally concerning

While the monetary losses incurred by fraud, waste and abuse (FWA) represent the biggest industry challenge, directly related problems such as compromising the quality...

SIU ‘encouraged’ by CMS action on own fraud case, despite irony

Adv. Andy Mothibi, head of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), told members of the media shortly after the start of the Council for Medical Schemes’ (CMS’s)...

Sesame allergy becoming more prevalent

Sesame allergy appears to become increasingly common in children and adults and research has shown that it is now the 9th most common type of food...

SAMA stresses importance of workforce remodelling in Budget welcoming statement

Because the country’s health workforce is already depleted - and the system is losing skilled expertise to global locations - critical disciplines must be preserved in exploring...

Salt could trigger allergic reactions

Over the past 50 years, the frequency of allergies and autoimmune diseases has risen rapidly, but it’s not clear why. In a study published in Science Translational...

Collective priorities set for next week’s Fraud Summit

The establishment of standards for South Africa’s private healthcare sector to effectively deal with fraudulent activities - including fair sanctions for convicted fraudsters -...

New HPCSA Registrar: Ready for the challenges ahead

 The past few years have seen the HPCSA staggering under a plethora of claims relating to maladministration, dysfunction, corruption, a lack of communication, registration hiccups and...

Review finds antibiotic development increased, but insufficient

While the pipeline of new antibiotics has improved over the past six years, momentum in the development of new infection-fighting agents remains inadequate and could take...