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...

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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,...

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...

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...

Council recommends 4,2% limit to 2022 scheme increases

Medical schemes that burden members with steep contribution increases that are unsustainable “are ill-suited to the conditions of a post-COVID economy”, the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS)...

Corneal changes may signal long COVID, study shows

Nerve fibre loss and an increase in dendritic or key immune cells on the cornea may help identify Long COVID, according to a small study published...

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Warning issued on looted medications

Medical professionals have been requested to remind their patients to only buy or receive medication from registered medical professionals, accredited pharmacies or medical facilities,...

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Disband MAC for transparent, independent body ‘not reporting to politicians’: Dasoo

A call has been made for the COVID-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) to be disbanded and reconvened as an independent body operating transparently and...

Call for ALL HCWs not yet vaccinated to register ‘as soon...

Those health care workers in line with the Department of Health’s vaccination roll-out approach who have not yet been vaccinated must register for their...

Cannabis: still more questions than answers…

The lack of scientific evidence on the benefits of cannabis in the treatment of medical conditions have added to the complexities surrounding its use...

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PPS Healthcare Administrators, Brandmed join forces to enhance digital-enablement

PPS Healthcare Administrators and Brandmed have joined forces to provide a digitally-enabled, outcomes-based managed care solution to address the reactive fragmented, inefficient and expensive...

Shielding medical practices against cyber-attacks

Last year South Africa experienced a surge in cyber-attacks. Credit bureau Experian grabbed headlines with its massive data breach which exposed the personal details...

Restrictions will make no difference to medical practice pressures: SAMA chair

The restrictions imposed in and the timing of the implementation of the Level Four lock-down measures once again reflect the fact that the authorities...