New dates for HMI seminars on market concentration and supply-induced demand

The Health Market Inquiry (HMI) has announced new dates for stakeholder seminars related to its preliminary findings and recommendations on market concentration and supply-induced demand. The...

Public health medico-legal claims will render NHI ‘stillborn’ – medico-legal expert

Even if there are funds to implement National Health Insurance (NHI) as envisaged, Donald Dinnie, well-known medico-legal practitioner, has predicted that the scheme will be “stillborn” due...

Hospital cleaning trial cuts infections

A major trial of a bundle of hospital cleaning practices in 11 Australian hospitals has made significant reductions in healthcare-associated infections and demonstrated cost-benefits. The...

2019 HASA Conference: Registration now open

Registration for the 2019 conference of the Hospital Association of South Africa is now open. The conference will be held from 26-28 August at the Cape Town...

Tariff proposals ‘risky’, doctor employment rules ‘old fashioned’ – Broomberg

The prospect of a bargaining chamber to settle tariff negotiation issues, as recommended in the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) report, is “risky’, Discovery Health CEO,...

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OPINION: Costing NHI: Time to get our heads out of the...

A recent article in the Sunday Times “Better not to know total NHI cost” is reflection of the Minister of Health being totally disingenuous and denialist...

Beating burnout: A daunting but achievable feat

Healthcare professionals need to acknowledge that the stresses they work under and the toxic environment they work in predispose them to burnout and depression. It is...

Should patients be considered consumers?

There is broad support for building healthcare systems that are patient-centred, seen as a means of improving health outcomes and as morally worthy in itself. But...

Claims withheld while scheme under investigation…?

A recent media report alleging that medical aid claim payments are withheld because a scheme was under investigation prompted a question from the floor to this effect...

Care compromised by fraud, abuse equally concerning

While the monetary losses incurred by fraud, waste and abuse (FWA) represent the biggest industry challenge, directly related problems such as compromising the quality...

Breast milk microbiome contains yeast and fungi: Do these benefit the...

A study that sampled breast milk from several countries including South Africa has found that the breast milk microbiome contains fungi. Multiple previous studies had found...

HASA is not opposing the NHI

This opinion piece by HASA CEO Dr Dumisani Bomela appeared in the Sunday Independent on 3 March 2019 It is unfortunate when stridently opposing parties use misleading...

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SIU ‘encouraged’ by CMS action on own fraud case, despite irony

Adv. Andy Mothibi, head of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), told members of the media shortly after the start of the Council for Medical Schemes’ (CMS’s)...

SAPPF to hold special general meeting on 27 March

The Board of Directors of SAPPF has recently resolved to allow membership of SAPPF to Physiotherapists, Optometrists, General Practitioners and Allied Healthcare Professionals. In order to...

Health spending now 10% of global GDP

Spending on health is growing faster than the rest of the global economy, accounting for 10% of global gross domestic product (GDP). A new report on global...