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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...

2 days ago

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

How to become an medico-legal expert witness

There have been a succession of cases before South African courts lately where expert medical testimony has played a pivotal role...

5 Dec 2017

How the ASA became a medicine regulator, and almost lost its shirt

We've all seen them. Those product ads promising hope in a bottle for guaranteed weight loss or some other miracle cure...

By Nicci Botha 24 Nov 2017

What the HPCSA says about room sharing

Sharing premises seems like the ideal solution, given the economic challenges and pressures facing medical professionals. However, the HPCSA has strict guidelines on this...

23 Oct 2017

'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

Private healthcare for the poor

NHI and Demarcation Regulations are violations of our constitutional rights to freedom of association and access to healthcare...

By Martin van Staden 5 Oct 2017

#HASA2017: Plotting the legislative pathway to NHI

However well-intentioned National Health Insurance (NHI) is, it will fall flat without the necessary supporting legislation...

By Nicci Botha 2 Oct 2017

Medical negligence claims rise by 25%

There's been a sharp rise in medical negligence claims against provincial health departments increasing by around 25% per year between 2011 and 2016...

26 Sep 2017

Looking at mediation to resolve medico-legal disputes

More appropriate forms of dispute resolution between patients and healthcare providers need to be implemented to reverse the medico-legal crisis playing out in South Africa...

4 Sep 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

Legal barriers to fast tracking HIV/TB response in Africa

Progress on the Global Commission on HIV and the Law recommendations was discussed at the second Africa Regional Dialogue...

4 Aug 2017

Experts decry plan to consolidate small medical schemes

The plan by the CMS to consolidate or dissolve small medical schemes posed risks to the people who belong to them....

2 Aug 2017

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International

Indonesia's selfie-snapping monkey named PETA's 'Person of the Year'

JAKARTA,Indonesia: An Indonesian monkey who shot to fame after it snapped a grinning selfie - and sparked a landmark US copyright case - was named "Person of the Year" by PETA, the animal rights group that took on the simian's cause.

6 Dec 2017

Myanmar jails filming crew for two months over drone use

YANGON, Myanmar: A Myanmar court sentenced a foreign filming crew and their local colleagues to two months in prison Friday for flying a drone over parliament, their lawyer said.

10 Nov 2017

Malaysia rescues 140 pangolins from suspected smugglers

Dozens of live pangolins were seized from suspected traffickers close to Malaysia's border with Thailand, officials said Wednesday, 8 November, thwarting the latest attempt to smuggle the critically endangered creatures.

10 Nov 2017

Keep your business safe during divorce

Happily ever after isn't a given after you say, "I do," unfortunately, and if the divorce comes around, all your financial assets could be at risk. Divorce is a harrowing ordeal for anyone, but when you're a small-business owner, it can affect even that.

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 1 Nov 2017

New iPhone brings face recognition (and fears) to the masses

WASHINGTON, US: Apple will let you unlock the iPhone X with your face - a move likely to bring facial recognition to the masses, along with concerns over how the technology may be used for nefarious purposes.

30 Oct 2017

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