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...

HASA is not opposing the NHI

This opinion piece by HASA CEO Dr Dumisani Bomela appeared in the Sunday Independent on 3 March 2019 It is unfortunate when stridently opposing parties use misleading...

Better long-term survival for heart attack patients taken directly to heart...

Heart attack patients taken directly to heart centres for lifesaving treatment have better long-term survival than those transferred from another hospital, reports a large observational study presented...

SAPPF to hold special general meeting on 27 March

The Board of Directors of SAPPF has recently resolved to allow membership of SAPPF to Physiotherapists, Optometrists, General Practitioners and Allied Healthcare Professionals. In order to...

Drug interactions in emergency department common but preventable, study finds

In a study conducted by Rutgers University 38% of patients discharged from the emergency department had at least one drug interaction resulting from a newly prescribed...

Health spending now 10% of global GDP

Spending on health is growing faster than the rest of the global economy, accounting for 10% of global gross domestic product (GDP). A new report on global...

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...

Higher push-up capacity reduces risk of CVD events

Higher push-up capacity is associated with a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events among male firefighters, the authors of a study published online...

Adcock reports 17% increase in trading profit

Local pharmaceutical company, Adcock Ingram Group has reported a 17% increase in trading profit for the six-month period ended 31 December 2018 despite a strictly price-regulated...

Acetaminophen found to reduce postoperative delirium sigificantly

In a new study published in JAMA, physician-researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found that intravenous acetaminophen significantly reduced the incidence of postoperative delirium following coronary...

Heart failure focus in Cardiovascular Emerging Leader Programme 2019

The 2019 cohort marks the sixth year of the World Heart Federation (WHF) Emerging Leaders programme and will focus on heart failure. Applications are now...

Netcare joins global think tank on healthcare improvement

Netcare has joined The Leading Health Systems Network, an international collaborative network of healthcare leaders and organisations dedicated to improving healthcare delivery across the world. In partnership with the...

CMS functioning “normally” despite fraud probe against senior official

The Council for Medical Schemes has assured all its stakeholders that the regulatory body is functioning normally and that it continues to execute its mandate of...

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 -...

Diet drinks may be associated with strokes among post-menopausal women

Among post-menopausal women, drinking multiple diet drinks daily was associated with an increase in the risk of having a stroke caused by a blocked artery, especially small...

Advanced ‘3D-imaging’ assisted keyhole heart and lung surgery performed at Netcare...

More than 80 patients along the West Coast who required open heart or lung surgery have benefited from keyhole procedures using three-dimensional (3-D) imaging technology, following...

National Health Compact: “We are working on it but need more...

Work on the much-anticipated health compact aimed at putting in place concrete steps and undertakings to fix the country’s ailing healthcare system is continuing but will...