NHI legislation on its way to Parliament: Health Minister

Newly appointed health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize has reiterated that National Health Insurance (NHI) will happen, and the legislation governing its implementation and funding...

HMI-prompted ethical rules redrafting underway

After agreeing with the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) findings to the extent that certain of its rulings - namely Rule 7 – Fees and...

GEMS potentially largest health PPP in SA

Member contributions being significantly subsidised by the state (their employer) along with healthcare services being delivered by both public and private providers renders the...

System does not need ‘private solutions to public problems’

South Africa’s healthcare system does not need private solutions to public problems, but rather a joint solution with public private participation. Nonetheless, KZNDHC Conference delegates...

Truncated rotations in ICU shown to mitigate burnout among physicians

Shortening the length of rotations in a medical intensive care unit (MICU) from the traditional 14-consecutive day schedule to only seven days helps mitigate...

Private sector engagement now a necessity: D-G Matsoso

Partnering with the private healthcare sector and civil society has now become an imperative if the shortcomings of the public sector are to be...

WC Mediclinics awarded for quality improvement

Three Mediclinic hospitals in the Western Cape have received Katrin Kleijnhans Quality Trophies from The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa NPC...

Minister Mkhize under no illusions about tasks ahead

Indirect references to recently well-publicised events such as the Mamelodi Hospital incident and the Alexander shut-down in one of his first, if not first public appearance...

WHO launches AWaRe tool to accelerate action against antimicrobial resistance

Using the "access," "watch," and "reserve" designations established previously, the World Health Organization (WHO) has created a new tool to limit the use of...

SA doctors depressed, concerned about NHI, survey reveals

Healthcare professionals in South Africa are depressed and doubt that the implementation of NHI will contribute to improving the sustainability of the profession, according...

Promises on health improvement but again no details: SONA

In a State of the Nation (SONA) address that has been described as “high on dreams, low on detail”, President Cyril Ramaphosa has again...

Telehealth can reduce costs and help improve access to care –...

Third-party apps, new mobile technology, and government policies are poised to drastically expand telehealth access in the coming years. That’s good news: Research shows...

Receiving opioids for first time while hospitalised doubles risk of continued...

People who receive opioids for the first time while hospitalised have double the risk of continuing to receive opioids for months after discharge compared...

Without an increase in public healthcare funding, NHI will not be...

Civil society organisations, SECTION27 and the Institute of Economic Justice have urged Health Minister Zweli Mkhize and Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to urgently increase...

Undetected dysglycemia linked to MI, periodontal disease

Undetected dysglycemia is associated with both myocardial infarction (MI) and periodontitis (PD), according to a study published online in Diabetes Care. Anna Norhammar, M.D., from the...

More aggressive statin Tx needed post-MI in under 50s

The majority of heart attack patients under 50 with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), the authors of a study published in the Journal of the American College...

Terminally ill who request doctors to make decisions undergo more aggressive...

Terminally ill patients who request that physicians make decisions on their behalf are more likely to receive aggressive treatments in the weeks before they...

Why pharmacovigilance is critical for healthcare professionals

One of the most fundamental principles of all pharmaceutical companies is the safety of the patient. The Pharma industry has records of tragic stories of...