CMS Industry Report: admin costs continue to rise despite expenditure, utilisation...

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has confirmed a considerable drop in healthcare benefits expenditure with a concomitant solvency increase for medical schemes in...

As scheme reserves soar, private healthcare utilisation remains low

As medical schemes continue to report record surpluses due to reduced healthcare utilisation by members in the past two years, the crushing effect the...

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HASA expands board to meet future healthcare needs

General Manager at Life Healthcare, André Joseph (pictured above), has been elected as the new chairperson of the Hospital Association of SA (HASA). He...

Vaccines effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in health care workers

COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective under real-world conditions in preventing symptomatic disease in health care personnel, a recent study published online in the New England...

Eliminating wastage key intervention to rooting out fraud

Eliminating wastage can be the single biggest intervention that can address productivity, promote professionalism, and root out fraud and corruption. “It can also promote developmental...

Section 59 report prompts streamlining of internal fraud investigations

Challenges uncovered by the panel commissioned by the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) to investigate alleged racial profiling by medical schemes in terms of...

COVID-19 has caused the biggest decrease in life expectancy since World...

The COVID-19 pandemic triggered life expectancy losses not seen since World War II in Western Europe and exceeded those observed around the dissolution of...

DoH DG officially suspended over involvement in Digital Vibes scandal

The Department of Health has officially placed its DG, Dr Sandile Buthelezi (pictured above) on precautionary suspension pending the outcome of a disciplinary investigation...

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Think not just about National Health Insurance (NHI), but also - and probably more importantly - about national health investment. “Healthcare and investment in healthcare...

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Managing perceptions by each of the protagonists in the ongoing National Health Insurance (NHI) debate will be key to it making any progress towards achieving universal health...

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SAMED releases position paper on medtech procurement

The significant contribution medical technology makes to the quality of care offered by the country’s health systems has prompted the South African Medical Technology...

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Outcomes measurement and reporting (OMR) have the potential to address many failings in the South African health system. However, despite agreement among most stakeholders...

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...