SA’s emergency medics ace burn-out as challenges mount

By Chris Bateman In a society fraught with violence, trauma and disease, SA’s thinly spread, routinely exhausted front-line emergency medicine, (EM), physicians, are burning out...

SAHPRA stops Ivermectin compassionate use programme for Covid treatment

The veterinary antiparasitic drug, ivermectin can no longer be imported under the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority’s (SAHPRA) controlled compassionate use programme for the treatment of...

BHF responds to scheme council on LCBO, PMB issues

The Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) has added its voice to reaction to the Council for Medical Schemes' (CMS') "blanket refusal" to exempt medical schemes...

Constitutionality, corruption among concerns in NHI Bill submissions

There was a high level of concern among respondents in their submissions to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health on the National Health Insurance...

Care advised with steady rise in telehealth utilisation

There are aspects of virtual consultation that require consideration on the part of all involved, such as privacy issues and the correct POPIA (Protection...

Netcare and EthiQal partner to reduce specialists’ medico-legal risk

Netcare has announced a landmark partnership with a leading insurer, EthiQal, a division of Constantia Insurance Company Limited. Through this partnership, EthiQal will offer...

Single payer: NHI ‘not doomed from the start’

Many countries have single payer universal healthcare (UHC) systems, so South Africa’s proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) “is not doomed from the start”, Victoria...

Politicians ‘rich in making promises’, BHF delegates told

The two-tiered healthcare system, i.e. the private and public sectors respectively, if permitted to perpetuate, does not bode well for the future prospects of...

Imtiaz Sooliman takes top Titanium Award

The Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) presented this year’s Titanium Lifetime Achiever Award to Gift of the Givers founder, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, during the...

Netcare’s financial performance improving as impact of pandemic wanes

In an indication that the country’s private hospitals are recovering from losses suffered during the two-year-long Covid-19 pandemic, Netcare has delivered a steady improvement...

Grim child palliative care – Covid 19 and no funding to...

By Chris Bateman Slow progress in public sector palliative care, (PC), delivery and an almost total absence of paediatric palliative care posts are due to...

Actuary airing misgivings about schemes council’s handling of LCBOs ‘a publicity...

Well-known healthcare actuary and medical scheme consultant, Christoff Raath’s intimation at the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) Conference in Cape Town Thursday that the...

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SA’s first balloon pulmonary angioplasty fort CTEPH performed at Tygerberg

The team who performed the first three successful balloon pulmonary angioplasty procedures at Tygerberg Hospital from left to right: Sr Carmen November, Dr Lloyd...

Study tallies cost of COVID-19 hospitalisation-related utilisation and expenditure in SA’s...

 The first study aimed at assessing and quantifying the impact of Covid-19 on mortality, hospital utilisation and expenditure in the South African private sector...

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International Nursing Day: How technology can support the well-being of nurses...

 By Rikki Jennings: Chief Nursing Informatics Officer at Zebra Technologies and a Registered Nurse  The theme for International Nurses Day 2022 is “Nurses: A Voice to Lead” and...

Telemedicine: COVID-prompted rulings still apply…

Medical practitioners are ill-advised to use social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Twitter when communicating with patients “as it blurs the lines and...