President acknowledges receipt of medico-legal crisis presentations*

The Private Office of President Cyril Ramaphosa last night officially acknowledged receipt of the SA Medico-Legal Association (SAMLA) compact drawing his attention to the...

Health Minister and DA square off on NHI Bill

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says he is not concerned about the DA’s threat to take the draft NHI Bill to the Constitutional Court as...

How SA’s NHI Bill release was reported to the world media

Under the heading ‘South Africa puts initial universal healthcare cost at $17 billion’, the following is international news agency Reuters’ report on the NHI...

Local breakthrough in amputee pain management

An incident in which a University of Cape Town (UCT) physiotherapy student saw an amputee sobbing due to unbearable pain that could not be...

Mixing cannabis with opioid increases anxiety, depression

A researcher from the University of Houston has found that adults who take prescription opioids for severe pain are more likely to have increased...

NHI model will harm entire healthcare system: SAPPF

 Although the concept of Universal Health Coverage and access to quality healthcare for all South Africans are supported, the South African Private Practitioners’ Forum...

Impromptu responses to NHI Bill

Within 24 hours of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill being presented by Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, to parliament and later to the...

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Generic utilisation up, increase in medicine expenditure down, Mediscor report shows

The latest report by pharmaceutical benefits management (PBM) organisation, Mediscor shows a significant increase in the use of generics in South Africa with the...

Professional coaching can reduce emotional exhaustion for docs

Professional coaching can reduce emotional exhaustion, improve overall quality of life, and build resilience among physicians, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Liselotte...

‘Stressors’ in middle age women point to later cognitive decline

A new analysis of data on more than 900 Baltimore adults by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers has linked stressful life experiences among middle-aged women...

Cancer survival associated with anti-depressant compliance in Israeli study

A large cohort study of Israeli patients with cancer found that anti-depressant adherence above 50% was associated with one quarter less mortality over 4...

Pharmacovigilance requirements in SA. Who is responsible for reporting?

 Pharmacovigilance is essential in monitoring the quality, efficacy and safety of medicines.Spontaneous reporting remains the mainstay system of reporting Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) worldwide. It...

Socially active 60-year-olds face lower dementia risk

Being more socially active in one’s 50s and 60s predicts a lower risk of developing dementia later on, finds a new UCL-led study. The longitudinal...

New Alzheimer’s blood test 94% accurate

A new blood test to detect brain changes emblematic of early Alzheimer's disease (AD) has moved one step closer to reality after researchers, in their study...

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Leading minds to unpack FWA issues, Health Compact at IHRM Seminar

Two of South Africa’s foremost health sector commentators, Christoff Raath, of Insight Actuaries and Consultants, and Prof Alex van den Heever, Chair, Social Security...

Upcoming System enhancements- Rules relating to billing guidelines

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