New HPCSA Registrar: Ready for the challenges ahead

 The past few years have seen the HPCSA staggering under a plethora of claims relating to maladministration, dysfunction, corruption, a lack of communication, registration hiccups and...

Review finds antibiotic development increased, but insufficient

While the pipeline of new antibiotics has improved over the past six years, momentum in the development of new infection-fighting agents remains inadequate and could take...

More die after surgery than from HIV, TB, and malaria combined:...

A study by researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and University of Birmingham shows that 4.2 million people die each year within 30 days of surgery,...

Make health system, not health politics, a priority in tonight’s SONA

While President Cyril Ramaphosa identifying health as a focus area for his administration is to be welcomed, focusing on health does not mean passing an NHI...

INDUSTRY NEWS: Locally developed e-scripting platform to enhance doctor, pharmacist prescription...

An e-scripting application which enables doctors to create a digital script and sign it with a password or PIN using their personal electronic signature,...

Negligence claims against state soar to R80.4 bn

Medical negligence claims against the state have tripled in the past year with the total value now exceeding R80 billion according to data obtained by Business...

2019 promises another tough year for the healthcare industry

HealthMan Senior Consultant, Dr Johann Serfontein takes a look at what 2019 holds for the private healthcare sector

Haemochromatosis mutation linked to other morbidity

Higher rates of at least one incident-linked condition seen in men, women with HFE p.C282Y homozygosity

How to better show radiologists’ real value

Overcoming difficulties to connect a radiologist's efforts to a patient outcome

Practitioners advised not to respond to additional PCNS documentation request

Request for additional personal details ‘unreasonable, not backed by regulatory requirements’

Sugar-sweetened drinks increase chronic kidney disease risk

Odds of CKD increased with beverage pattern consisting of higher intake of sweetened soda, fruit drinks, water

Revamped PCNS to benefit healthcare providers

Rebranded PCNS aims to bring greater transparency and alignment between doctors and schemes

New hypertension targets may not yield survival benefit

Researchers reach conclusion after evaluating prevalence of hypertension and associated CVD events

HMI provides details on upcoming supplier-induced demand seminar

The Health Market Inquiry will hold a seminar on its provisional findings on supplier-induced demand on 22 February

New SA Medical Association chair DR ANGELIQUE COETZEE: ‘Getting SAMA back...

The next three years will, without a doubt, be among the most challenging for all the major players across the South African healthcare landscape. Newly-elected SA...

Should patients call doctors by their first names?*

For some this is OK but for others, a problem…

Patients need practical surgical recovery advice

Patients given catchphrases about how they’ll feel better, but these are not always true says surgeon with own post-op experiences

DNA study shows stethoscopes loaded with bacteria, including staphylococcus

Findings suggest common cleaning methods leave bacteria behind