World Menopause Day: Many women still suffering in silence

It is estimated that by 2030 1.2 billion women will either be menopausal or postmenopausal, yet social attitudes towards women in menopause is often...

Next week’s ISQua conference timely for SA

The International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), in partnership with The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA) and Mediclinic...

Work needed ‘to restore faith in Health Technology Assessment (HTA)’

The generally negative perceptions of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) processes in South Africa largely due to the fragmented nature of their implementation and to...

Extended hormone therapy associated with improved cognition

A new study published in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) demonstrates the benefits of extended oestrogen exposure and longer-term...

NEHAWU to start protest action against private healthcare sector

Labour union, NEHAWU has announced that it will be picketing against the high cost of private healthcare in front of Netcare’s headquarters in Sandton...

Health Funders Association supportive of HMI recommendations

The Health Funders Association (HFA) has welcomed recommendations for the transformation of the funding industry contained in the Health Market Inquiry’s (HMI) final report...

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State’s right of recovery against its Doctors

Part 2 (Continued from Part 1: Med Brief Africa 8 October 2019) A Province would be vicariously liable for harm caused by the negligent conduct of...

Prenatal stress could affect baby’s brain: Researchers

New research from King’s College London has found that maternal stress before and during pregnancy could affect a baby’s brain development. In their study published in Biological Psychiatry,...

No hospitals in Gauteng accredited for NHI

No hospitals and only 40 out of 372 provincial clinics in Gauteng have so far been assessed for the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI). This...

Hypoxia researchers win Nobel Prize for Medicine

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to two American scientists and one British researcher who identified how cells sense changes in...

Cerebral palsy: When is it negligence?

When can negligence be proven in cerebral palsy (CP) cases?  Even if there was negligence, can it be directly linked to the outcome of...

Gauteng Health back account attached to pay medical negligence claims

Gauteng Health Department bank accounts have been attached to enforce payment of R574 730 051 for 213 cases of medical negligence since January 2018. This was...

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Claim against attorneys for prescribing a medical malpractice claim

The plaintiff sued a firm of attorneys for allowing his claim against the MEC for health to prescribe. His injuries arose out of him...

Fixing private sector incentives an NHI prerequisite: HMI panellists

Should the NHI Bill have been drafted and presented to Parliament before the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) panellists had finished their work and released...

Closing date for written submissions on NHI extended

The Portfolio Committee on Health has extended the deadline for written submission on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill from 11 October to 29...

HMI outcomes monitoring proposal: standards office relationship considered?

When deciding on the establishment of an independent Outcomes Monitoring and Reporting Organisation (OMRO), the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) panel was asked at this...