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...

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...

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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The importance of outcome measuring and reporting to curb SA’s spiraling...

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

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...

COVID pandemic is delaying the implementation of the NHI

 The Covid-19 pandemic has delayed the implementation of the National Health Insurance bill, and it will undoubtedly continue to do so, says Phumelele Makatini,...

HPCSA CEO back at work after his suspension was lifted

The HPCSA’s Registrar and CEO, Dr David Motau (pictured above) will be back at work today after newly-appointed Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla lifted his...

Doctors wearing white coats seen as more experienced and professional

Casual attire is becoming more popular among physicians, but according to a survey conducted in the US, patients still prefer white coats. The survey...

New webinar series on how medical practices can thrive amid Covid...

Despite the collaborative efforts of the private and public health sector stakeholders, and the ongoing vaccination rollout, our country is still navigating the challenges...

Financing medical equipment: Should you buy or lease?*

The Tax Shop Group director, Bennie Groenewald, advises on the pros and cons of leasing medical equipment versus purchase. In these crazy times, businesses and...

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Deputy-Minister Joe Phaahla succeeds Zweli Mkhize

Dr Mathume Joseph “Joe”  Phaahla (64), announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa as the new Minister of Health to succeed Dr Zweli Mkhize in the presidential cabinet reshuffle...

New HPCSA CEO placed on precautionary suspension after fraud charges

Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has placed the HPCSA’s new CEO and Registrar, Dr David Motau on precautionary suspension following his appearance on Monday...

SAMA raises alarm about Certificate of Need regulations

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says it has noted the publishing of the contentious “Certificate of Need for Health Establishments and Health Agencies”...

Corneal nerve fiber damage identified in patients with long COVID

Patients with long COVID, especially those with neurological symptoms, have corneal small nerve fiber loss and increased dendritic cell (DC) density, according to a study published online...