Functional decline seen in many older adults initiating dialysis

Many older adults initiating dialysis experience a decline in functional status after 6 months, and the prevalence of high caregiver burden increases. Namiko A. Goto,...

Surrogate motherhood agreements

It is now over 10 years since the Children’s Act has provided for surrogate motherhood agreements. Previously our law considered those contracts to be...

Stereotypical gender bias alive and well in healthcare roles

Results of a multi-centre study of patients’ assumptions about healthcare professionals’ roles based on gender show significant stereotypical bias towards males as physicians and...

PCNS warns about scam

The Private Code Numbering System (PCNS) is warning all healthcare professionals that the BHF's name has recently been used falsely to send SMS’s to PCNS...

Doctor must, by law, release record to scheme on request

Apparent confusion about whether or not practitioners are allowed to disclose a patient treatment record to his or her medical scheme was cleared by...

Fixed term contracts: what employers need to know

SYNOPSIS: A fixed term contract is a useful form of temporary employment for many employers. However, in order to mitigate the risks associated with...

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Netcare/FFA team up to build 35 health-tech startups across Africa

Founders Factory Africa (FFA), the Johannesburg-headquartered, corporate-backed tech accelerator and incubator, has partnered with Netcare, to provide a platform for entrepreneurs to build and...

NHI legislation on its way to Parliament: Health Minister

Newly appointed health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize has reiterated that National Health Insurance (NHI) will happen, and the legislation governing its implementation and funding...

HMI-prompted ethical rules redrafting underway

After agreeing with the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) findings to the extent that certain of its rulings - namely Rule 7 – Fees and...

Different mind-set required ‘to do things differently’

The private sector can learn a lot from its public counterparts, but still needs to support the public sector as it meets its challenges. Addressing KZNDHC Conference delegates...

‘Modus co-operandi’ between sectors key point in Presidential Health Compact

The nine commissions appointed during the Presidential Healthcare Summit in October to document the challenges and propose interventions in their specific sectors, have finalised...

GEMS potentially largest health PPP in SA

Member contributions being significantly subsidised by the state (their employer) along with healthcare services being delivered by both public and private providers renders the...

System does not need ‘private solutions to public problems’

South Africa’s healthcare system does not need private solutions to public problems, but rather a joint solution with public private participation. Nonetheless, KZNDHC Conference delegates...

Private sector engagement now a necessity: D-G Matsoso

Partnering with the private healthcare sector and civil society has now become an imperative if the shortcomings of the public sector are to be...

Minister Mkhize under no illusions about tasks ahead

Indirect references to recently well-publicised events such as the Mamelodi Hospital incident and the Alexander shut-down in one of his first, if not first public appearance...

New findings on C. auris transmission in the healthcare environment

Researchers have now shown that patients who are heavily colonised with Candida auris on their skin can shed the fungus and contaminate their surroundings. This finding...

WHO looking for health systems experts in SA to help with...

The World Health Organisation (WHO) in South Africa is looking for health system experts in South Africa to help it with providing support to...