DoH’s essential incident and complaint guidance for healthcare professionals welcomed

The Medical Protection Society (MPS) has welcomed the publication of two pieces of essential guidance from the Department of Health, providing healthcare professionals with...

NHI Bill: schemes’ ‘hackle’ clause can be removed, re-worded

The draft NHI Bill clause causing “conflict and confusion” among medical schemes, i.e. Section 8 2b – “which gives the impression that the intention...

End of Life decisions – SA doctors in a legal wilderness

By Chris Bateman For nearly 40 years there has been no successful national policy or legislation for South African doctors dealing with ethically agonising end-of-life...

Health Information Exchange launched to improve patient care in SA

          Dr Rolan Christian, CEO of CareConnectThe launch of South Africa’s first industry-wide Health Information Exchange (HIE), emanating from the...

Major study finds 33-fold increase in risk of pulmonary embolism shortly...

A study published by The BMJ has found a fivefold increase in the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a 33-fold increase in risk of pulmonary...

KeyHealth Medical Scheme’s curatorship lifted

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has confirmed that the curatorship placed on KeyHealth Medical Scheme in March last year has been uplifted. Justice...

Best practices increase survival rate of extremely pre-term babies

 A new study co-authored by a University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) researcher has found that the survival rates of extremely pre-term babies has...

Schemes’ NHI concerns in prospect for Friday’s webinar

Medical scheme risk managers will have the opportunity to ask questions and express their concerns about National Health Insurance (NHI) when Dr Nicholas Crisp,...

Outrage over 0% increase in COIDA rand conversion factor

The Radiological Society of SA (RSSA) has expressed its outrage over the announcement that there will be a 0% tariff increase in the COIDA rand...

Rising SARS-CoV-2 levels in SA’s wastewater indicate possible next Covid-19 wave

South African Medical Research Council President and CEO, Professor Glenda Gray, has expressed concern over the rising concentrations of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in certain wastewater...

Generics manufacturers applauded for overcoming COVID, ingredients supply challenges

Generic medicine manufacturers in South Africa have been applauded for their critical role in securing sufficient medicines for those in need in the face...

Surviving medical litigation in SA – two experts give guidance

Healthcare professionals faced with unhappy patients, patients’ relatives or colleagues should engage early and transparently, use existing formal internal procedures - and avoid any...

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Altron HealthTech and Market Mx have launched an innovative solution into the healthcare market that enables medical practices to provide proactive healthcare to their patients at scale.  The...

Corruption, lack of service delivery co-drivers of low vaccine-uptake: MAC co-chair

By Chris BatemanBesides peer influence, two of the most powerful non-Covid factors affecting the current lowest-ever vaccination uptake in South Africa are corruption and...

Public sector ultimate goal for new home care model

A massive proportion the healthcare spend  goes towards brick and mortar facilities and servicing the overheads rather than going towards the things that make...

J&J vaccine effectiveness in SA healthcare workers: Landmark study published in...

A landmark study published in The Lancet has provided the world’s first evidence of the effectiveness of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine (Ad26.COV2.S) in healthcare...

Combination of COVID-19 and flu increases risk of severe illness and...

A study published in The Lancet has shown that adults in hospital who have Covid-19 and the flu at the same time are at...