Sasa, Discovery Health roll out event-based contract model
Sasa, Discovery Health roll out event-based contract model

An alternative reimbursement model has been launched that will benefit patients and encourage best practice among clinicians in the private healthcare sector...

5 Sep 2018

Carl Grillenberger, Advanced Health CEO
Private healthcare industry needs to change

The "startling costs" of South African private healthcare is at the heart of the Competition Commission's Health Market Inquiry (HMI) draft report released in July...

3 Sep 2018

Charlton Murove, head of the BHF’s research unit. Photo: ehealthnews
BHF study: human resources distribution is good and bad news

A distribution audit of healthcare professionals across all disciplines highlights areas of concern, but there are also some reasons for optimism as the country moves towards universal healthcare...

31 Aug 2018

Latest accreditations awarded to healthcare facilities by the COHSASA (NPC)
Latest accreditations awarded to healthcare facilities by the COHSASA (NPC)

The healthcare facilities listed in the table below have recently been awarded accreditation by The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA), a not-for-profit company (NPC) based in Cape Town...

Issued by COHSASA 29 Aug 2018

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Market concentration is plaguing South Africa's private healthcare market

The preliminary findings of a recent inquiry into South Africa's private healthcare sector shows worrying trends. Key among the inquiry's revelations are high concentration levels in the market...

By Phumudzo Munyai 17 Aug 2018

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Explainer: How competitive is South Africa's private healthcare sector?

After a four and a half year probe initiated by South Africa's Competition Commission, a panel of independent experts released their preliminary report into the country's private healthcare market.

31 Jul 2018

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Why South Africa needs to discipline the private healthcare industry

If a service is provided by a company rather than government, this does not automatically mean a market is at work. The point is fairly obvious but has passed many in South Africa by...

By Steven Friedman 26 Jul 2018

Will HMI insights get lost in the rush to finalise healthcare laws?
Will HMI insights get lost in the rush to finalise healthcare laws?

Has the almost simultaneous release of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill and the provisional findings of the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) created an information overload?

23 Jul 2018

Cipla Foundation - Sha'p Left wins Vision 2030 Healthcare Award
Cipla Foundation - Sha'p Left wins Vision 2030 Healthcare Award

Cipla Foundation's initiative, Sha'p Left, won the certificate of excellence award in the healthcare category at the recent annual 2018 Vision 2030 awards ceremony...

Issued by Cipla 12 Jul 2018

Sama takes issue with Competition Commission findings
Sama takes issue with Competition Commission findings

The South African Medical Association (Sama) believes that the Competition Commission Health Market Inquiry (HMI) provisional report is faulty in its findings...

9 Jul 2018

You're paying more for less when it comes to medical aid. Here's why
You're paying more for less when it comes to medical aid. Here's why

What are your chances of ending up in a hospital? Higher than you'd think if you are a medical aid member in a large city - and the reason reveals some never-before-seen truths about the country's private healthcare sector...

6 Jul 2018

Competition Commission releases Health Market Inquiry report
Competition Commission releases Health Market Inquiry report

The Competition Commission's long-awaited Health Market Inquiry provisional report has been released...

5 Jul 2018

Don't drop the ball!
Don't drop the ball!

These are the words that Deputy Nursing Service Manager Karin Lategan used when she spurred personnel at the Mediclinic Constantiaberg onwards towards the hospital's fifth accreditation survey since 1996...

Issued by COHSASA 3 Jul 2018

Botswana: Jwaneng Mine Hospital celebrates special quality improvement milestone
Botswana: Jwaneng Mine Hospital celebrates special quality improvement milestone

There were scenes of celebration when Jwaneng Mine Hospital in Botswana achieved a score of 99 out of a possible 100 for their recent fifth COHSASA accreditation award...

Issued by COHSASA 3 Jul 2018

Importance of conducting 'real-time' patient satisfaction surveys
Importance of conducting 'real-time' patient satisfaction surveys

User-friendly feedback pads and tablets housed in an attractive kiosk with "live real-time" surveys offer a simple way to collect information for finding gaps in customer care and to understand how to improve services...

Issued by Surveway 20 Jun 2018

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Are Cuban doctors the magic cure to East Africa's health sector?

Kenya and Uganda are at advanced stages of bringing in at least 300 doctors from Cuba to ease staffing shortages in rural health facilities and deal with increasing threats of industrial action by disgruntled local medical practitioners...

8 May 2018

COHSASA's contribution to Africa Health 2018
COHSASA's contribution to Africa Health 2018

Jacqui Stewart, COHSASA CEO, will chair the Quality Management Conference, one of 16 conferences at Africa Health, the largest platform in the African healthcare market...

Issued by COHSASA 17 Apr 2018

Netcare pulls out of the UK market
Netcare pulls out of the UK market

Netcare has decided to pull out of the United Kingdom market, and will begin a process of disposing of its interests in General Healthcare Group (GHG)...

29 Mar 2018

IHK meets international standards a second time around
IHK meets international standards a second time around

The International Hospital Kampala (IHK), a 100-bed private hospital in Uganda and part of the International Medical Group, has noticed a significant drop in hospital-acquired infections (HAI)...

By Marilyn Keegan and Nancy Akullo, Issued by COHSASA 23 Mar 2018

Dr Richard Friedland, CEO: Netcare
Competition Tribunal gives the green light for Netcare/Akeso deal

The Competition Tribunal has approved Netcare's acquisition of Akeso Clinics, a group of 12 dedicated mental healthcare facilities...

19 Mar 2018

Stadio set to train doctors, engineers
Stadio set to train doctors, engineers

Stadio Holdings, the PSG-aligned private tertiary education specialist that listed late in 2017, looks set to establish medical and engineering schools in the next three years...

By Marc Hasenfuss 14 Mar 2018

Life Vincent Pallotti goes off the water grid
Life Vincent Pallotti goes off the water grid

Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital has opened its own water filtration plant, which meets the City of Cape Town and Department of Water and Sanitation's strict water crisis regulations...

1 Mar 2018

Latest accreditations awarded to healthcare facilities by The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (NPC)
Latest accreditations awarded to healthcare facilities by The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (NPC)

A COHSASA accreditation award means the healthcare organisations have entered a rigorous quality improvement programme and have been assessed against, and comply with, standards recognised by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua)...

Issued by COHSASA 22 Feb 2018

Mediclinic warns of employment scam
Mediclinic warns of employment scam

Advertisements on social media offering employment at Mediclinic are likely a hoax, the private hospital group says...

5 Feb 2018

Cape hospitals invest in water supplies
Cape hospitals invest in water supplies

Private hospitals are not taking any chances with Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's promise that water supplies to their facilities will be maintained in the event of Day Zero...

By Tamar Kahn 2 Feb 2018

IHI Africa Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare to feature international health experts
IHI Africa Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare to feature international health experts

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) brings you the first IHI Africa Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare which takes place at the Durban International Conference Centre from 19-21 February...

Issued by COHSASA 17 Jan 2018

Dr Brian Ruff
#BizTrends2018: Private healthcare in SA - continued decline and a solution

We entered 2017 reeling from a series of double-digit medical insurance premium hikes...

By Dr Brian Ruff 10 Jan 2018

Dr Dumisani Bomela, CEO of the Hospital Association of South Africa
#BizTrends2018: Let us lay myths to rest and get on with healthcare provision

At the Hospital Association of South Africa (Hasa) 2017 Conference last year, two private hospital chief executives and the head of the largest medical funder in the country laid to rest the myth that the private sector is implacably opposed to universal healthcare.

By Dr Dumisani Bomela 8 Jan 2018

Labour Court upholds Shevel son's dismissal from Headache Clinic
Labour Court upholds Shevel son's dismissal from Headache Clinic

The Labour Court has upheld a ruling that a father was correct in firing his son from his medical facility in Johannesburg...

By Naledi Shange 22 Dec 2017

Latest accreditations of hospitals and clinics from the Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa
Latest accreditations of hospitals and clinics from the Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa

A COHSASA accreditation award means the healthcare organisations have entered a rigorous quality improvement programme and have been assessed against, and comply with, standards recognised by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua)...

Issued by COHSASA 8 Dec 2017

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