Iron deficiency in middle age linked with higher risk of CVD

Approximately 10% of new coronary heart disease cases occurring within a decade of middle age could be avoided by preventing iron deficiency, suggests a...

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...

NHI: how will fairness be measured?

One cannot take politics out of health, the political economy of health being an important element particularly with National Health Insurance (NHI) in prospect. In...

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...

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Think not just about NHI but also about national health investment

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

Managing perceptions vital to NHI debate’s political resolve

Managing perceptions by each of the protagonists in the ongoing National Health Insurance (NHI) debate will be key to it making any progress towards achieving universal health...

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Scheme symposium to tackle growing fraud problems

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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TRIPS waiver for vaccine manufacture: ‘well-intentioned, but unfeasible’*

South Africa’s Department of Health has revealed that over 12.2 million COVID-19 vaccines1 have been administered so far, with 5.8 million people completely vaccinated2...

COVID-19 prominent on SA Heart Congress agenda

This year’s SA Heart Congress (#SAHeartCongress) will be held on a virtual stage enabling some of the best international and local speakers to share their dynamic experiences...

Certificate of Need regulations: ‘withdraw, consult, redraft!’

The controversial Certificate of Need (CoN) draft regulations bear little relation to the empowering sections in their origin, the National Health Act of 2003,...

Doctors strongly advised to stick to evidence-based medicine, regardless…

The fact that the authors of a systematic review, “Ivermectin for preventing and treating COVID‐19”1 - published by the prestigious Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group at the...

Certificate of Need, schemes’ ‘new normal’ top agenda

Topical concerns for medical schemes and practitioners, namely budgeting for COVID, the pandemic progression and the Certificate of Need respectively, will be addressed in...

Karim, Madhi head this weekend’s SAMA Conference programme

Leading scientists, Prof Salim Abdool Karim and Prof Shabir Madhi, will be heading the SA Medical Association (SAMA) Virtual Conference* programme to be presented...

Deputy-Minister Joe Phaahla succeeds Zweli Mkhize

Dr Mathume Joseph “Joe”  Phaahla (64), announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa as the new Minister of Health to succeed Dr Zweli Mkhize in the presidential cabinet reshuffle...