Telemedicine: COVID-prompted rulings still apply…

Medical practitioners are ill-advised to use social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Twitter when communicating with patients “as it blurs the lines and...

Eskom and procurement rules threatening rural patients’ care

By Chris BatemanA combination of Eskom power outages and BEE-impacted procurement rules is putting patients in deep rural hospitals at heightened risk as managers...

Local healthcare workers fear mental health stigma

The Covid-19 pandemic has sparked a rise in mental health disorders worldwide1 with healthcare workers on the frontline among the most affected, yet those who...

Robotic assisted knee and hip replacement facility established in Pretoria

A team of orthopaedic surgeons at the Netcare Pretoria East Hospital have started to perform hip and knee replacements with the use of a...

Medical loans for diagnostic procedures*

Living a healthy life is one thing but what happens when something goes wrong? We all get sick, grow older and experience an emergency...

Why medical aid schemes and insurance companies should be allowed to...

The outbreak of COVID-19 has once again shed a spotlight on the importance of affordable access to quality primary healthcare. When the pandemic was...

Contemporary concepts in antimicrobial therapy: Earn 2 CPD points

Driven by over prescription, indiscriminate use and the increase in resistance against antibiotics, ,antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the biggest threats to global...

HIE: A solution to address SA’ highly fragmented health system

Although Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have become an integral part of the country’s private healthcare system, the data contained in these records remain highly...

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Region’s first Clubfoot Conference for Cape Town

The first ever clubfoot conference to be held in the region will be a hybrid event scheduled to take place in Cape Town on...

DoH’s essential incident and complaint guidance for healthcare professionals welcomed

The Medical Protection Society (MPS) has welcomed the publication of two pieces of essential guidance from the Department of Health, providing healthcare professionals with...

NHI Bill: schemes’ ‘hackle’ clause can be removed, re-worded

The draft NHI Bill clause causing “conflict and confusion” among medical schemes, i.e. Section 8 2b – “which gives the impression that the intention...

Health Information Exchange launched to improve patient care in SA

          Dr Rolan Christian, CEO of CareConnectThe launch of South Africa’s first industry-wide Health Information Exchange (HIE), emanating from the...

KeyHealth Medical Scheme’s curatorship lifted

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has confirmed that the curatorship placed on KeyHealth Medical Scheme in March last year has been uplifted. Justice...

Urgent plea to government, judiciary, in wake of doctor killing

The Independent Practitioners Association Foundation (IPAF), umbrella body for the country’s IPAs, has issued a ‘very important plea’ to the South African government and...

Outrage over 0% increase in COIDA rand conversion factor

The Radiological Society of SA (RSSA) has expressed its outrage over the announcement that there will be a 0% tariff increase in the COIDA rand...

Surviving medical litigation in SA – two experts give guidance

Healthcare professionals faced with unhappy patients, patients’ relatives or colleagues should engage early and transparently, use existing formal internal procedures - and avoid any...