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),...

CMS Industry Report: admin costs continue to rise despite expenditure, utilisation...

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

As scheme reserves soar, private healthcare utilisation remains low

As medical schemes continue to report record surpluses due to reduced healthcare utilisation by members in the past two years, the crushing effect the...

HASA expands board to meet future healthcare needs

General Manager at Life Healthcare, André Joseph (pictured above), has been elected as the new chairperson of the Hospital Association of SA (HASA). He...

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...

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 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...

ESC Guidelines authors to present at SA Heart Virtual Congress*

The highlights of this year’s European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Guidelines on valvular heart disease, pacing and heart failure will be among the feature...

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...

SAMED releases position paper on medtech procurement

The significant contribution medical technology makes to the quality of care offered by the country’s health systems has prompted the South African Medical Technology...

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First Covid-19 vaccine trial in South African children commences

 As more and more data become available of the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines to prevent severe disease and death, South Africa will today (10...

Webinar to address scientific and ethical considerations for mandatory vaccination

Discovery Health, together with SAMA, UFFP and SAPPF’s weekly CPD accredited webinar to be presented tonight (9 September) at 19:00 will provide an update...