New HPCSA Registrar: Ready for the challenges ahead

 The past few years have seen the HPCSA staggering under a plethora of claims relating to maladministration, dysfunction, corruption, a lack of communication, registration hiccups and...

SAMA Board withdraws Practice Cost Study results

The SAMA Board has decided to withdraw the results of the 2017/2018 Practice Cost Study conducted last year among GPs and specialists. According to SAMA Chair,...

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New HPCSA Registrar: Ready for the challenges ahead

 The past few years have seen the HPCSA staggering under a plethora of claims relating to maladministration, dysfunction, corruption, a lack of communication, registration hiccups and...

Review finds antibiotic development increased, but insufficient

While the pipeline of new antibiotics has improved over the past six years, momentum in the development of new infection-fighting agents remains inadequate and could take...

Make health system, not health politics, a priority in tonight’s SONA

While President Cyril Ramaphosa identifying health as a focus area for his administration is to be welcomed, focusing on health does not mean passing an NHI...

Pelvic floor disorders associated with childbirth delivery method

A new study published in JAMA suggests that vaginal childbirth substantially increases the probability a woman will develop a pelvic floor disorder, such as...

INDUSTRY NEWS: Locally developed e-scripting platform to enhance doctor, pharmacist prescription...

An e-scripting application which enables doctors to create a digital script and sign it with a password or PIN using their personal electronic signature,...

Negligence claims against state soar to R80.4 bn

Medical negligence claims against the state have tripled in the past year with the total value now exceeding R80 billion according to data obtained by Business...

First rapid antibiotic resistance testing and analysis multidimensional system developed

Researchers have invented the world's first multidimensional antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) system. The new technology can provide information about drug resistant pathogens present in patients, enabling doctors...

2019 promises another tough year for the healthcare industry

HealthMan Senior Consultant, Dr Johann Serfontein takes a look at what 2019 holds for the private healthcare sector

Physician burnout declared a ‘public health crisis’ in US

Healthcare organisations in the US have published a paper stating that burnout among physicians has become so pervasive that it should be deemed a public health...

Long-acting contraception demand in primary care outpacing availability

Until recently long-acting reversible contraception has not been popular “but that’s changing”

Practitioners advised not to respond to additional PCNS documentation request

Request for additional personal details ‘unreasonable, not backed by regulatory requirements’

Revamped PCNS to benefit healthcare providers

Rebranded PCNS aims to bring greater transparency and alignment between doctors and schemes

Colonoscopy every 10 years does not increase risk

Negative colonoscopy result in average-risk patients was associated with lower risk of colorectal cancer and related deaths for more than 12 years after examination

HMI provides details on upcoming supplier-induced demand seminar

The Health Market Inquiry will hold a seminar on its provisional findings on supplier-induced demand on 22 February

New SA Medical Association chair DR ANGELIQUE COETZEE: ‘Getting SAMA back...

The next three years will, without a doubt, be among the most challenging for all the major players across the South African healthcare landscape. Newly-elected SA...