Local healthcare workers fear mental health stigma

The Covid-19 pandemic has sparked a rise in mental health disorders worldwide1 with healthcare workers on the frontline among the most affected, yet those who...

Medical loans for diagnostic procedures*

Living a healthy life is one thing but what happens when something goes wrong? We all get sick, grow older and experience an emergency...

Cases of acute hepatitis in children show link to viruses

The origins of a continuing outbreak of acute, potentially lethal hepatitis striking children in countries around the world has experts mystified. But a cluster...

BHF Conference speaker line-up announced

Speakers at the 21st Annual BHF Conference, to be held in Cape Town from 18 to 21 May, will be:  Thematic sessions for the conference...

Addressing healthcare incident issues to curb medicolegal claims

Identifying healthcare incidents, recognising he needs of those affected, examining what happened to understand the causes, and responding with action to mitigate will be...

Why medical aid schemes and insurance companies should be allowed to...

The outbreak of COVID-19 has once again shed a spotlight on the importance of affordable access to quality primary healthcare. When the pandemic was...

New Barrett oesophagus guidelines ‘reflect evolving knowledge base’

The authors of updated guidelines* for the diagnosis and management of Barrett oesophagus (BO) have recommended that dysplasia of any grade detected on BO...

HIE: A solution to address SA’ highly fragmented health system

Although Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have become an integral part of the country’s private healthcare system, the data contained in these records remain highly...

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease under-diagnosed worldwide

More than one in four adults worldwide are thought to have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is often undiagnosed, the authors of a...

‘Rotten’ regulation and pricing system keeps HIV-prevention injectable ARVs out of...

By Chris BatemanSouth Africa’s Country Director for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Dr Yogan Pillay The a-typical refusal by ViiV Healthcare to licence its...

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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...

Regulations governing complementary medicine ruled invalid by SCA

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has declared as invalid the regulations governing complementary medicine that were promulgated in August 2017 in the Government...

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...

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...

Urgent plea to government, judiciary, in wake of doctor killing

The Independent Practitioners Association Foundation (IPAF), umbrella body for the country’s IPAs, has issued a ‘very important plea’ to the South African government and...

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,...

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...