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'Bogus' online doctor to be probed

The Government Employee Medical Scheme has launched an investigation into claims it allowed staff at public relations firm Martina Nicholson Associates to give medical advice on its online column titled Dr Joe.

By Katharine Child 9 Oct 2017

Dodgy 'Dr Joe' removed from Gems website amid HPCSA probe

The 'House call with Dr Joe' column on the Gems website has been taken down after TimesLIVE alleged PR staffers were writing the content...

By Naledi Shange 3 Oct 2017

Bonitas announces annual increase and changes for 2018

After a challenging year for the healthcare industry, the contribution increase for 2018 will be a weighted increase of 8.7%, with increases on the various options range from 7.9% to 9.9%...

Issued by Bonitas 27 Sep 2017

Council pursues bogus health practitioners

A rise in bogus health practitioners has forced the HPCSA and medical schemes to strengthen their forensics units to curb fraud...

20 Sep 2017

#InnovationMonth: How tech is transforming healthcare

Discovery Health has built its very successful Vitality programme, which is a blueprint for other rewards schemes, not only in healthcare, but other sectors too...

By Nicci Botha 13 Sep 2017

Doctor retention and sustainable healthcare

Thanks to solid population risk management tools, the potential to attract and restain medical talent and services in-country has never been better...

12 Sep 2017

Private sector skills and resources of enormous benefit to implementation of NHI

"Right now the focus must be on delivering a well-managed, functional and financially viable universal healthcare model for all South Africans that embraces public and private participation and buy-in..."

4 Sep 2017

Private healthcare environment compromised by unregulated fees

Healthcare specialists are able to invoice patients and medical schemes in an unregulated environment with secondary healthcare expenditure eating away at the medical scheme benefits of South Africans...

31 Aug 2017

Cost containment and quality healthcare need not be mutually exclusive

The South African healthcare system is in transition as we move towards the implementation of National Health Insurance. There is considerable opportunity for securing a brighter healthcare future for all...

By Mark Arnold 30 Aug 2017

Is SA's healthcare getting better?

Insight Survey's latest South African Healthcare Industry Landscape Report 2017 provides a holistic understanding of the healthcare landscape in South Africa based on the latest information and research...

Issued by Insight Survey 28 Aug 2017

HPCSA warns against global fee agreements

The HPCSA has urged healthcare practitioners to consult them before signing global fee or other arrangements with medical schemes...

15 Aug 2017

Does SA's private healthcare sector only provide care for 16% of the population?

The health minister said that private healthcare serves only 16% of the population. But his claim is misleading...

By Liesl Pretorius, Africa Check 8 Aug 2017

Are the demarcation regulations unconstitutional?

A consequence of the demarcation regulations coming into force is that up to two million policyholders using insurance products to access healthcare are now uninsured...

8 Aug 2017

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International

The fight against antimicrobial resistance depends on good agricultural practices

To ensure that antimicrobials are used responsibly and in ways that do not threaten public health and food production, a stronger global effort including larger investments and improved surveillance measures are needed, according to FAO Deputy Director-General, Maria Helena Semedo. Semedo was speaking at a United Nations General Assembly side event on antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

26 Sep 2017

Global genetic study involving different populations sheds light on glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye's optic nerve and results in vision loss and irreversible blindness in some people. The diseases usually occur on their own but when they are caused by other conditions they are known as secondary glaucoma.

By Susan Williams, Michèle Ramsay 4 Sep 2017

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