Limpopo tops Discovery’s fraud list

Discovery Health’s efforts to curb fraud, waste and abuse (FWA) in the healthcare system resulted in a substantial R555m recovered on behalf of client...

Nominations called for 5th Annual Titanium Awards

All individuals, healthcare professionals and organisations in the public and private sectors “driving change by creating affordable, accessible and sustainable healthcare throughout the Southern...

Fear, regulation limitations still a major obstacle to implementing “game-changing “healthcare...

While technological advances in healthcare have the potential to become a massive gamechanger in the way healthcare service are delivered, healthcare professionals’ fear that it could...

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...

Hospital cleaning trial cuts infections

A major trial of a bundle of hospital cleaning practices in 11 Australian hospitals has made significant reductions in healthcare-associated infections and demonstrated cost-benefits. The...

2019 HASA Conference: Registration now open

Registration for the 2019 conference of the Hospital Association of South Africa is now open. The conference will be held from 26-28 August at the Cape Town...

‘Broken heart’ syndrome may originate in the brain

Scientists have shown for the first time that the brain is involved in the development of Takotsubo syndrome (TTS) also known as “broken heart syndrome”. They...

Smoking, high BP, diabetes and obesity each linked to unhealthy brains

Factors that influence the health of our blood vessels, such as smoking, high blood and pulse pressures, obesity and diabetes, are linked to less healthy brains,...

SASA 2019: An extensive platform for learning, discussions and networking

Photo: SASAPhoto: SASAPhoto: SASAPhoto: SASATaking place from 6-10 March in Port Elizabeth, this year’s SASA congress attracted delegates and speakers from all over the country...

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Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week

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Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week

SAMA rejects plans to shorten medical internships

SAMA has expressed concerns about plans to shorten medical internships from two to one year, saying it rejects the proposal in its entirety. The shortening of...

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...

Gauteng Health signs MoU with medical schemes to improve health services

The Gauteng Department of Health (GDOH) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with medical schemes allowing for a public-private partnership aimed at assisting the department to...

Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy tied to stroke risk

Women with a history of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) have a greater long-term risk for stroke that is reduced by aspirin use, the...

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...

Heavy smoking linked to damaged spatial, colour vision

Heavy smoking, a study published in Psychiatry Research has warned, is associated with damaged vision. Thiago P. Fernandes, Ph.D., from the Neuroscience and Behavior Laboratory in...

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...