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HCWs should also ‘start demonstrating’ to support COVID vaccinations

Health care workers (HCWs) should also start demonstrating “like the anti-vaxxers” but in support of COVID-19 vaccinations, noted bioethics academic, Prof Ames Dhai (above),...

SA facing mass exodus of specialists as Covid wanes

South Africa could face another exodus of specialists in the coming months, not because of the devastating impact the Covid-19 pandemic had on private...

CMS Industry Report: admin costs continue to rise despite expenditure, utilisation...

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has confirmed a considerable drop in healthcare benefits expenditure with a concomitant solvency increase for medical schemes in...

Migraine associated with dementia risk

Migraine is associated with an increased risk for all-cause dementia and Alzheimer disease, research published online in Acta Neurologica Scandinavica has warned. Long Wang, M.D., from...

Jab effectiveness reflected in Medscheme data on Covid-19 hospitalisations and deaths

Data from most of Medscheme’s 3.9 million beneficiaries show how Covid-19 vaccination has reduced the number of hospital admissions and deaths in the vaccinated...

As scheme reserves soar, private healthcare utilisation remains low

As medical schemes continue to report record surpluses due to reduced healthcare utilisation by members in the past two years, the crushing effect the...

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DoH launches digital Covid-19 certificates

The Department of Health has launched its Covid-19 vaccine certificate portal, which will give users a QR code that shows their vaccination status. The certificate is...

Webinar on SAMA’s position on vaccination mandates and certificates

The impact of the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic predicted to hit the country in November or December this year on the people...

Convalescent plasma futile as treatment for critically ill COVID-19 patients

In the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the medical community turned to a century-old treatment: Take blood from recovered patients and give it...

SU study shows first evidence of inflammatory micro clots in blood...

Caption: Fluorescent image of healthy blood plasma (left) compared to the micro clots in the plasma from an individual with Long-COVID on the right....

US scientists win Nobel Prize for Medicine for their discovery of...

This year’s Nobel Prize for Medicine 2021 has been awarded jointly to American scientists, Dr David Julius and Dr Ardem Patapoutian "for their discoveries...

HASA expands board to meet future healthcare needs

General Manager at Life Healthcare, André Joseph (pictured above), has been elected as the new chairperson of the Hospital Association of SA (HASA). He...

Vaccines effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in health care workers

COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective under real-world conditions in preventing symptomatic disease in health care personnel, a recent study published online in the New England...

Dr Anban Pillay should be criminally prosecuted for Digital Vibes tender,...

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has found that Deputy Director-General of Health, Dr Anban Pillay (pictured above) should be criminally prosecuted for his involvement...

NHI: how will fairness be measured?

One cannot take politics out of health, the political economy of health being an important element particularly with National Health Insurance (NHI) in prospect. In...

Eliminating wastage key intervention to rooting out fraud

Eliminating wastage can be the single biggest intervention that can address productivity, promote professionalism, and root out fraud and corruption. “It can also promote developmental...

Section 59 report prompts streamlining of internal fraud investigations

Challenges uncovered by the panel commissioned by the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) to investigate alleged racial profiling by medical schemes in terms of...