CMS launches pilot programme for planned National Beneficiary Registry

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) is going ahead with its plan to establish a central repository containing the details of all medical scheme...

SA’s top hospitals according to Discovery Health

Mediclinic, private hospital group Busamed and independent private hospitals have come up tops in Discovery Health latest survey to choose South Africa’s 20 best...

CORRECTION: Scheme access to patient treatment records

In the Med Brief Africa report “Doctor must, by law, release record to scheme on request” (posted 1 July 2019 and since removed), the...

Why women are more likely to get Alzheimer’s

 Research reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2019 currently being held in Los Angeles identified a number of differences in the progression and risk...

Chronic conditions among medical scheme members on the increase

A retrospective study conducted by the Council for Medical Schemes to determine the prevalence of chronic diseases in the medical scheme population has shown...

Guidance updated for managing infants at group B strep risk

New guidelines for the management and treatment of group B streptococcal (GBS) disease in infants have just been published online in Pediatrics. Karen M. Puopolo, M.D.,...

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Minister to consult all healthcare providers on NHI Bill before it...

New Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize and heads of his Department will be meeting with all healthcare stakeholders in the next six months to discuss government’s move...

D-day for NHI Bill details after Cabinet approval

The National Health Insurance Bill has been approved by Cabinet and the details will be announced this morning by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize at...

Gestational diabetes: diet and exercise do not reduce the risk

The assumption that minimising weight gain in obese pregnant women is advantageous for avoiding gestational diabetes has not been borne out. This was shown...

SA’s healthcare system lacks real data to improve quality care

There's a lack of real information from an accessible, sustainable database of clinical procedures and outcomes that informs the quality of healthcare provision in...

Telehealth: the game-changer for healthcare in Africa

Telehealth has the potential to overcome shortages of healthcare professionals by increasing access to specialists in bigger and more well-equipped medical centres, hospitals and...

Euphoria help medical businesses save up to 50%

The cloud has brought about massive cost savings and increased profits for many businesses including medical practices and laboratories. Euphoria Telecom’s intelligent cloud-based call...

Strong regulatory systems critical to reach universal health coverage – WHO

Regulators across many countries have recalled dozens of medicines to treat high blood pressure in recent months because they were found to contain potentially...

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Antibiotics weaken flu defences in the lung

Antibiotics can leave the lung vulnerable to flu viruses, leading to significantly worse infections and symptoms, finds a new study in mice led by...

Outcomes warning for pregnant women with migraine

Pregnant women with migraine and their offspring, a study published in Headache has warned, have increased risks of several adverse pregnancy and neonatal outcomes. Nils Skajaa,...

Human Rights Commission probes doctors’ racial profiling claims

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has held a preliminary hearing into ongoing claims by Black, Indian and Coloured doctors that they are...