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Private investigators, Hawks called in to probe North West graft

The North West province government has hired private investigators to look into allegations that its health department awarded R180 million in illegal tenders to the Gupta-linked company, Mediosa...

By Joan van Dyk 23 Apr 2018

Africa's growing healthcare insurance market

Rising levels of education, improving salaries and rapid urbanisation mean that health insurers and the private healthcare facilities they work with are commanding an increasing share of health services in Africa...

By Dustin Homer 17 Apr 2018

Malpractice claims on the rise

There's been an "explosion" of medical malpractice litigation claims in the country over the past few years, with warnings that the compassion-based practice of medicine is being replaced by defensive medicine and mistrust...

17 Apr 2018

Discovery Health recovers R568m through fraud-control activities in 2017

Discovery Health has invested substantially in fighting the scourge of healthcare fraud. Efforts to curb fraud in the healthcare system resulted in R568m recovered on behalf of client schemes in 2017...

22 Jan 2018

Report: 100 million still pushed into extreme poverty because of health expenses

A large number of households are being pushed into poverty every year because of out-of- pocket healthcare expenses...

29 Dec 2017

10 reasons why medical malpractice is threatening SA healthcare

According to an Econex survey commissioned by the Hospital Association of South Africa (Hasa) in 2015, there were just 60 doctors per 100,000 people in 2013; whereas the world average is 152...

7 Dec 2017

The downside of the digital era: Poor lifestyle and stress induced diseases

The so-called fourth industrial has reshaped the way we work and live, but the digital era is also taking a toll on our health...

15 Nov 2017

DNA and insurance premiums

Genetic testing is invaluable in predicting health disorders and tailoring treatment best suited to the patient's DNA...

24 Oct 2017

UJ research: Increasing autopsies for compensation of occupational lung diseases

Miners in South Africa face an epidemic of occupational lung diseases, but ODMWA autopsies are declining, especially among retired mineworkers, despite the benefits...

11 May 2017

Disability claims hit assurers

A spike in disability claims has hit the profits of all SA's life assurers hard over the past year, because of the economic downturn and a change to tax rules...

14 Mar 2017

Health insurance gets a two-year breather

Primary healthcare insurance products under threat from proposed regulations have been given a two-year exemption lifeline...

7 Mar 2017

Final demarcation regulations on medical cover published

The final demarcation regulations governing medical gap cover, hospital cash plans and primary healthcare policies have been published...

By Pericles Anetos 11 Jan 2017

Sugar tax: Thousands 'might lose their jobs'

The proposed sugar tax will leave a sour taste in the beverage industry, which says it believes that the resultant drop in sales will result in thousands of job losses...

By Katharine Child 12 Aug 2016

Major legal changes in health care

There are four key legislative areas, which will be significant in the industry this year...

23 Feb 2016

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