Sick and tired: Doctor wellness in SA needs critical care

As we observe World Health Day on 7 April, health and wellness is on everyone’s minds. But a question seldom asked is: Who cares for the...

New insights into liver injury from body building supplements

In a study reported in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 44 men with liver injury, attributed to over-the-counter bodybuilding supplements, experienced a uniform and distinctive pattern of...

Patients with worse RA symptoms more likely to cut alcohol intake

Higher disease activity, disability, comorbidity, and poor quality of life contribute to reductions in alcohol use among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to...

Biometrics could improve patient care, reduce medical fraud

The idea of using biometrics in the healthcare sector is not new, but it is one that hasn’t been explored or exploited to its full potential. A...

Board of Healthcare Funders MD DR KATLEGO MOTHUDI: ‘Many areas where...

Being appointed Managing Director of the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) in September 2017 could well have been perceived as a natural progression for...

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Reminder: HMI seminars on market concentration and supply-induced demand

The Health Market Inquiry (HMI) will be holding its stakeholder seminars related to its preliminary findings and recommendations on market concentration and supply-induced demand from 9-12...

SA medical schemes in good health: Alexander Forbes

South Africa's largest medical schemes - both open and restricted - are in good shape and have sufficient reserves to pay members' claims, according to Alexander...

Staff movement, door openings during surgery linked to higher SSI risk

A study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology has established a possible link between an increased risk of surgical site infections (SSIs) and the movement of...

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Physicians’ lack of trust in one another could compromise quality and...

While the importance of trusted relationships between patients and their physicians is taken for granted, little attention has been given to the relationships among physicians themselves....

More evidence that physician burnout is rising, particularly among young doctors

A study based on surveys of physicians in a large academic medical practice in the US has shown that burnout among doctors is on the...

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SAMWUMED back on track

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has announced that stability has been restored at the SA Municipal Workers Union Medical Aid Scheme (SAMWUMED) four...

Limpopo tops Discovery’s fraud list

Discovery Health’s efforts to curb fraud, waste and abuse (FWA) in the healthcare system resulted in a substantial R555m recovered on behalf of client...

Nominations called for 5th Annual Titanium Awards

All individuals, healthcare professionals and organisations in the public and private sectors “driving change by creating affordable, accessible and sustainable healthcare throughout the Southern...

Fear, regulation limitations still a major obstacle to implementing “game-changing “healthcare...

While technological advances in healthcare have the potential to become a massive gamechanger in the way healthcare service are delivered, healthcare professionals’ fear that it could...

Public health medico-legal claims will render NHI ‘stillborn’ – medico-legal expert

Even if there are funds to implement National Health Insurance (NHI) as envisaged, Donald Dinnie, well-known medico-legal practitioner, has predicted that the scheme will be “stillborn” due...