HCWs should also ‘start demonstrating’ to support COVID vaccinations

Health care workers (HCWs) should also start demonstrating “like the anti-vaxxers” but in support of COVID-19 vaccinations, noted bioethics academic, Prof Ames Dhai (above),...

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The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has confirmed a considerable drop in healthcare benefits expenditure with a concomitant solvency increase for medical schemes in...

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DoH launches digital Covid-19 certificates

The Department of Health has launched its Covid-19 vaccine certificate portal, which will give users a QR code that shows their vaccination status. The certificate is...

Webinar on SAMA’s position on vaccination mandates and certificates

The impact of the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic predicted to hit the country in November or December this year on the people...

US scientists win Nobel Prize for Medicine for their discovery of...

This year’s Nobel Prize for Medicine 2021 has been awarded jointly to American scientists, Dr David Julius and Dr Ardem Patapoutian "for their discoveries...

Vaccines effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in health care workers

COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective under real-world conditions in preventing symptomatic disease in health care personnel, a recent study published online in the New England...

Dr Anban Pillay should be criminally prosecuted for Digital Vibes tender,...

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has found that Deputy Director-General of Health, Dr Anban Pillay (pictured above) should be criminally prosecuted for his involvement...

Eliminating wastage key intervention to rooting out fraud

Eliminating wastage can be the single biggest intervention that can address productivity, promote professionalism, and root out fraud and corruption. “It can also promote developmental...

Section 59 report prompts streamlining of internal fraud investigations

Challenges uncovered by the panel commissioned by the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) to investigate alleged racial profiling by medical schemes in terms of...

COVID-19 has caused the biggest decrease in life expectancy since World...

The COVID-19 pandemic triggered life expectancy losses not seen since World War II in Western Europe and exceeded those observed around the dissolution of...

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Think not just about National Health Insurance (NHI), but also - and probably more importantly - about national health investment. “Healthcare and investment in healthcare...

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In addition to the unprecedented challenges faced by the health sector in the last 18 months, the private healthcare industry has been increasingly compromised...

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Outcomes measurement and reporting (OMR) have the potential to address many failings in the South African health system. However, despite agreement among most stakeholders...