Emergency Medicine

GEMS potentially largest health PPP in SA

Member contributions being significantly subsidised by the state (their employer) along with healthcare services being delivered by both public and private providers renders the...

System does not need ‘private solutions to public problems’

South Africa’s healthcare system does not need private solutions to public problems, but rather a joint solution with public private participation. Nonetheless, KZNDHC Conference delegates...

Private sector engagement now a necessity: D-G Matsoso

Partnering with the private healthcare sector and civil society has now become an imperative if the shortcomings of the public sector are to be...

Minister Mkhize under no illusions about tasks ahead

Indirect references to recently well-publicised events such as the Mamelodi Hospital incident and the Alexander shut-down in one of his first, if not first public appearance...

Promises on health improvement but again no details: SONA

In a State of the Nation (SONA) address that has been described as “high on dreams, low on detail”, President Cyril Ramaphosa has again...

Telehealth can reduce costs and help improve access to care –...

Third-party apps, new mobile technology, and government policies are poised to drastically expand telehealth access in the coming years. That’s good news: Research shows...

Gift of Givers’ Sooliman included in BHF speaker line-up

The organising committee of this year’s 20th Annual BHF Southern African Conference have announced that Dr Imtaz Ismail Sooliman, chairman and founder of the...

Weight loss surgery may not relieve acid reflux

Reflux symptoms return in about half of patients who undergo gastric bypass. In a study published online in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Dag Holmberg, from the...

Low cost products, regulatory changes: medical scheme challenges in focus at...

A seminar focusing on a comparison between medical schemes and health insurance primary care plus policies as well as the impact the Conduct of...

Being an expert witness in a medical malpractice case

Medical malpractice cases often rely on the expert witness testimony of doctors and other medical professionals in order to assist the court in understanding...

Asymptomatic MI raises cerebral infarction risk

A new study published in JAMA Neurology reveals that asymptomatic (silent) heart attacks are associated with double the risk of cardiac embolism and stroke...

Top stories you may have missed…

Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week:

Retrenchment for employers: five critical need-to-knows

First of a series of labour-related articles for healthcare establishments and practices by Jacqui Reed, an attorney specialising in corporate employment law and immigration...

VUCA! Addressing leadership challenges in a disruptive environment

Daily challenges in the work environment, particularly those well-publicised personnel, performance and structural issues faced in the country’s healthcare establishments, are not likely to be addressed effectively...

Guidelines for managing anaphylaxis in children need an update

Treatment guidelines for managing anaphylaxis in children should be reassessed, according to a new Canadian study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology:...

PROMS and PREMS: measuring health care quality

An obvious prerequisite in the delivery of healthcare for and by providers is ensuring quality service and ultimately improving patient outcomes. And as has...

Doctor pharmacist collaboration essential to cut out iatrogenesis risks

South African patients are essentially getting a raw deal when it comes to medication counselling and assured adherence “In the United States they experience from...

Schemes’ forensic units ‘laws unto themselves’: IPAF

The Independent Practitioner Association Foundation of South Africa (IPAF), in a firmly worded position statement* on fraud and alleged racism by medical schemes just...