BizTrends 2018


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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

How much is a personal injury claim worth?

A reasonable question most people have when considering a personal injury claim is how much compensation they can expect...

5 Apr 2018

Sama: #Life Esidimini is a serious indictment on government

Retired Justice Dikgang Moseneke's opening paragraph in his Life Esidimeni ruling sums up the horror of case...

23 Mar 2018

#LifeEsidimeni victims' families awarded R1.2m

Government has been ordered to pay victims of the mental healthcare marathon project a total of R1.2 million each by no later than 19 June 2018...

19 Mar 2018

Why the e-cigarette industry needs global regulations

The e-cigarette industry has been increasingly viewed as one of the most disruptive changes in the tobacco market, with vapes now commonly perceived as an alternative to traditional tobacco products...

By Tanusree Jain 8 Mar 2018

New authority replaces 'slow' Medicines Control Council

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has appointed members of the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) board, which replaces the Medicines Control Council (MCC)...

13 Feb 2018

The real reason why Gauteng doesn't want to pay up for #LifeEsidimeni

The Gauteng provincial government's resistance to paying constitutional damages to the families who lost their loved ones in the Life Esidimeni tragedy, may be tied to the fear of accepting greater responsibility...

By Nelisiwe Msomi 12 Feb 2018

#miningindaba18: Miners face delay in pact over silicosis class action

Hopes have been tempered of a quick resolution to the occupational lung disease class action including thousands of former miners afflicted with silicosis...

9 Feb 2018

#LifeEsidimeni: Gauteng health department gave NGO Precious Angels R1m, Barbara Creecy says

Precious Angels, the most deadly nongovernmental organisation (NGO) in the Life Esidimeni saga, received R1m from the Gauteng department of health.

By Katharine Child 31 Jan 2018

Unethical touting and how to avoid becoming a victim

People who are injured in accidents are warned not to fall victim to 'touts' offering legal services for personal injury claims...

18 Jan 2018

Mind the gap: Demarcation Regulations and universal healthcare

A healthy nation is a cornerstone of socioeconomic growth, and besides ensuring basic services such as clean water and sanitation, quality healthcare is also a right...

2 Jan 2018

Quack, quack: When consumer protection is all noise and no action

On paper the South African legal system provides ample protection for consumers regarding false claims about so-called health products. But in reality, the truth is very different...

11 Dec 2017

Australia takes GSK, Novartis to court over 'misleading' claims

Drug giants GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis are being taken to court by Australia's consumer watchdog over "false or misleading" claims in the marketing of pain relief products...

7 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

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