HFA comments on NHI Bill: UHC rather than NHI more applicable...

The Health Funders Association (HFA) has presented its position on the NHI Bill of 2019 to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health.   In its presentation,...

Zuid-Afrikaans Hospital documentary on HCW’s Covid-19 fight to air on M-Net

“Somewhere there is a light at the end of this tunnel. We have to believe it. Let’s hope for the dawn to break.”  Those are...

‘Negligence problem threshold’ of medical error criminalisation in SA

A “massive engagement between all parties” which would include the NPA, the HPCSA and the doctor groups, must be made to close the loop...

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TRIPS waiver for vaccine manufacture: ‘well-intentioned, but unfeasible’*

South Africa’s Department of Health has revealed that over 12.2 million COVID-19 vaccines1 have been administered so far, with 5.8 million people completely vaccinated2...

Doctors spreading unfounded opinions about COVID-19: What are the implications?

One of the big challenges in curbing the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide has been the polarisation of beliefs around key issues such as vaccines, treatments,...

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Certificate of Need regulations: ‘withdraw, consult, redraft!’

The controversial Certificate of Need (CoN) draft regulations bear little relation to the empowering sections in their origin, the National Health Act of 2003,...

Doctors strongly advised to stick to evidence-based medicine, regardless…

The fact that the authors of a systematic review, “Ivermectin for preventing and treating COVID‐19”1 - published by the prestigious Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group at the...

New interactive MediFin Practitioner Dashboard launched*

MediFin has more than 1200 registered medical practitioners who are helping more people access better care through affordable medical loans. Now, MediFin has launched...

Certificate of Need, schemes’ ‘new normal’ top agenda

Topical concerns for medical schemes and practitioners, namely budgeting for COVID, the pandemic progression and the Certificate of Need respectively, will be addressed in...

Outcomes measurement system vital to improve patient care in SA

Despite there being a general agreement in the South African healthcare sector that the establishment of an outcomes measurement and reporting (OMR) system is...

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Doctors to formally object to Pharmacy Act antiretroviral therapy OTC amendments

A system where pharmacists are allowed to initiate and administer anti-retroviral therapy – Schedule 4 medication – to patients over the counter oversimplifies comprehensive HIV management...

HTA to ultimately have own agency under NHI: Deputy D-G

The establishment of a Ministerial Advisory Committee on Health Technology Assessment (HTA) as proposed in the National Health Insurance (NHI Bill) now before parliament,...

New COVID-19 variants may prolong the duration of the pandemic

New variants of SARS-CoV-2 have the potential to influence the size and duration of waves of infection and may prolong the duration of COVID-19’s stay with...

Establishing an outcomes measurement and reporting system is key to improving...

From 4 to 5 September the first Southern African conference on the importance of outcome measuring and reporting (OMR) will be held virtually. Aimed...

Storm brewing over SA doctors spreading anti-vaccination messages

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) will be meeting with the HPCSA soon to discuss possible action against doctors who are discouraging their patients...