Half of patients don’t tell doctors life-threatening details

Almost half of patients may be withholding information that could threaten their lives, a new study suggests. Responses from 4510 people in two national online...

Malaria drug less effective in malnourished children, SA researchers warn

Researchers have found that the most-prescribed antimalarial drug, lumefantrine, is less effective in severely malnourished children than in those that are adequately nourished. “Although one...

President acknowledges receipt of medico-legal crisis presentations*

The Private Office of President Cyril Ramaphosa last night officially acknowledged receipt of the SA Medico-Legal Association (SAMLA) compact drawing his attention to the...

Health Minister and DA square off on NHI Bill

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says he is not concerned about the DA’s threat to take the draft NHI Bill to the Constitutional Court as...

How SA’s NHI Bill release was reported to the world media

Under the heading ‘South Africa puts initial universal healthcare cost at $17 billion’, the following is international news agency Reuters’ report on the NHI...

NHI Bill to be unpacked at HASA conference

The Hospital Association of SA (HASA) will host a special session at its upcoming conference on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill that was...

Local breakthrough in amputee pain management

An incident in which a University of Cape Town (UCT) physiotherapy student saw an amputee sobbing due to unbearable pain that could not be...

Some lessons – and comfort – for obstetricians and gynaecologists

It is worthwhile revisiting the 2014 Supreme Court of Appeal judgment in the matter of Sibisi and Dr Maitin for the positive lessons it...

SASOG launches clinical enhancement programme for women’s health

The South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SASOG) has introduced ‘BetterGyn’, a  clinical care and governance programme to complement its existing initiative, the...

NHI model will harm entire healthcare system: SAPPF

 Although the concept of Universal Health Coverage and access to quality healthcare for all South Africans are supported, the South African Private Practitioners’ Forum...

Impromptu responses to NHI Bill

Within 24 hours of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill being presented by Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, to parliament and later to the...

Top stories you may have missed

Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week

NHI Bill released, but still no answers to critical questions

The National Health Insurance Bill has officially been introduced to Parliament and a copy of the document was made available to the public at...

Generic utilisation up, increase in medicine expenditure down, Mediscor report shows

The latest report by pharmaceutical benefits management (PBM) organisation, Mediscor shows a significant increase in the use of generics in South Africa with the...

KZN gets first multidisciplinary centre for endocrinology and heart care

A multi-disciplinary Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Heart Care has opened at Netcare uMhlanga Hospital near Durban. The centre is the first of its...

Is it time for a medical practice health check?*

You’re busy running and growing your medical practice, but when last did you check if your insurance cover fully protects you? You’ve probably heard yourself...

Flu vaccine reduces risk of dying for elderly ICU patients

A new study shows that elderly people who have been admitted to an intensive care units have less risk of dying and of suffering...

World Breastfeeding Week: Empower parents, enable breastfeeding

This week, as countries around the world celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF and WHO are calling on governments and all employers to adopt family-friendly...