Determining damages in medical malpractice claims

This is a useful judgment of M on behalf of L and Another (7202/2008) ZAGPPHC 128 (24 April 2019) at http://saflii.org/za/cases/ZAGPPHC/2019/128.html The patient brought a...

AI may be as effective but not better than doctors to...

Artificial intelligence (AI) appears to detect diseases from medical imaging with similar levels of accuracy as healthcare professionals, according to the first systematic review...

Public hearings on NHI to start in October

Public hearings on the NHI Bill that was submitted to Parliament last month will start on 25 October in Mpumalanga. This was announced by...

Health care investment needed to curb out-of-pocket spending: WHO

Governments must boost spending on primary health care by at least an additional 1 percent of their gross domestic product to widen coverage and...

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ASAIPA National Medical Awards: recognising primary care excellence

The second annual National Medical Awards ceremony, this year’s culmination of an initiative launched by the Alliance of SA Independent Practitioners Association (ASAIPA) last year to...

Obesity associated with abnormal bowel habits

In the most comprehensive analysis of the relationship between Body Mass Index (BMI) and bowel habits to date, published yesterday in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics,...

OPINION: Government guilty of politicking in healthcare

Government is now grasping at straws to garner support for its ill-conceived NHI plans. The much- publicised visits of the group of “Elders” to...

Five CMS officials suspended after allegations of corruption and unethical conduct

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has suspended five officials over allegations of irregularities following anonymous tip-offs on its hotline. The medical schemes regulator...

DHMS announces average 9.5% contribution hike for 2020

Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS) is to hike its monthly contributions for main members by between 8.88% and 10.96% from January next year. According to...

Calls for urgent action to reduce patient harm on World Patient...

The world today (17 September) celebrates the first World Patient Day which focuses on the millions of patients harmed each year due to unsafe...

Providers need strategy for disruptive digital health tech

If healthcare organizations want to succeed in an environment of digital transformation, they must bring about participatory health. That shift will require providers to be...

Prostate cancer risk rises in men with IBD

Men with inflammatory bowel disease may be up to five times more likely to have prostate cancer than those without the condition - and the cancer...

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Changing face of healthcare*

With technology being woven into every industry to discover smarter ways of working, the healthcare industry is no exception. As a healthcare practitioner or...

Mixed effects on health found with vegetarian diet

Vegetarians and fish eaters have a lower risk for ischemic heart disease compared with meat eaters, and vegetarians have a higher risk for stroke,...

Optimising treatment of mild- to moderate UC

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the colon and rectum characterised by intermittent flares of active disease with diarrhoea, rectal bleeding...

High coffee intake shown to reduce gallstone disease risk

Individuals who drink more than six cups of coffee per day have a reduced risk for developing symptomatic gallstone disease (GSD), a study just published...