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Campaign set to make taxi industry healthier

The PHILA Taxi Industry Campaign will be launched on 27 November in an effort to strengthen the delivery of health and wellness services in the taxi industry...

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Efforts to tackle AMR on farms and in food systems gaining momentum
Efforts to tackle AMR on farms and in food systems gaining momentum

Antimicrobial medicines are widely used in livestock, poultry and aquaculture operations to treat or prevent diseases, but efforts to confront the problem are gaining momentum...

20 Nov 2017

Health minister, Aaron Motsoaledi
NHI could mean uncomfortable trade-offs, Davis Tax Committee warns

The government's current proposals for National Health Insurance (NHI) are unlikely to be sustainable unless there is sustained economic growth...

By Tamar Kahn 15 Nov 2017

Securing a place for South Africa's next generation of doctors
Securing a place for South Africa's next generation of doctors

We are launching new medical schools but will we have places for their new graduates?

By Farah Jawitz 14 Nov 2017

Diabetes treatment goals still suboptimal
Diabetes treatment goals still suboptimal

Statistics from the International Diabetes Federation's 2015 update show that the total number of people with diabetes in Africa is expected to increase by 20 million in 2040, bringing the total to 34.2 million diabetic patients on the continent...

Issued by AstraZeneca 14 Nov 2017

Photo: Seed
#AfricaCom: Rural healthcare and digitalisation

Given the proliferation of mobile devices in Africa, it makes sense that digital tools would alleviate many of the healthcare issues in the out-of-the-way places...

By Nicci Botha 9 Nov 2017

Judasa issues statement on intern and community service placement
Judasa issues statement on intern and community service placement

While acknowledging systemic challenges, Judasa has called on the DoH to release the first round of allocations for intern and community service pacements today...

3 Nov 2017

Dr Johann Serfontein, Free Market Foundation health policy unit
Free healthcare for all: A political fairytale

Free healthcare for all is not only a long-standing election promise, but also the cornerstone of the National Health Insurance White Paper...

2 Nov 2017

Dr Simon Antindi. Photo: Ryan Lenora Brown
Meet the doctors: Take a look at this country's first crop of homegrown physicians

Finally capping its own medics, Namibia must now retain them and coax them into rural areas...

By Ryan Lenora Brown 1 Nov 2017

Can virtual nature and poo transplants solve city dwellers' health problems?
Can virtual nature and poo transplants solve city dwellers' health problems?

Nature is good for your health. Perhaps predictably, the world of technology is now offering technical solutions that seek to replace the need for authentic nature experiences...

By Anne Cleary and Dave Kendal 1 Nov 2017

Vukani Mngxati, managing director for healthcare and public sector practice, Accenture South Africa
Technology and the three pillars of healthcare

Global healthcare leaders have learned that the three pivotal pillars of healthcare - accessibility, effectiveness and affordability - all have information technology at their core....

By Vukani Mngxati 31 Oct 2017

Photo: eNCA
#MTBPS2017: NHI fund plan on hold till Treasury gets more input

The Treasury has delayed plans for the NHI fund, pending advice on the feasibility of adjusting the medical tax credits to finance it....

By Tamar Kahn 26 Oct 2017

Pollution killed nine million people in 2015: report
Pollution killed nine million people in 2015: report

Pollution claimed the lives of nine million people in 2015, one in every six deaths that year, according to a report published on Friday, 20 October...

24 Oct 2017

Shyft crowned MTN Business App of the Year
Shyft crowned MTN Business App of the Year

At the 2017 MTN Business App of the Year Awards, which took place on Thursday, 12 October 2017, Shyft was named the overall winner...

13 Oct 2017

Avian flu may spread via aerosol and droplets
Avian flu may spread via aerosol and droplets

Researchers have identified both airborne infectious droplets and aerosols of avian flu using lab-simulated processing of chickens...

12 Oct 2017

Healthy watersheds could help prevent childhood diseases
Healthy watersheds could help prevent childhood diseases

According to a global study supported by WWF, children living in river basins whose watersheds have greater tree cover are less likely to experience diarrhoeal disease, the second leading cause of death among children under the age of five.

11 Oct 2017

Engen health screenings continue through #TransportMonth
Engen health screenings continue through #TransportMonth

In celebration of Transport Month, Engen Petroleum is continuing on its annual Driver Wellness programme, offering free health screenings for truck drivers at two Engen Truck Stops in Gauteng...

10 Oct 2017

Tax credits, funding and the NHI
Tax credits, funding and the NHI

A report shows that 1.9-million members might not be able to afford medical aid if the tax credit is scrapped...

By Dr Johann Serfontein 10 Oct 2017

Wavebreak Media
New medical school slated for Eastern Cape

Nelson Mandela University (NMU) will open South Africa's ninth medical school in 2020 with its first class of 100 aspiring doctors...

By Joan van Dyk 6 Oct 2017

Private healthcare for the poor
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

Neil Kirby, head of the healthcare & life sciences practice at Werksmans Attorneys
#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

Mariné Erasmus, head of the health economics practice at Econex
#HASA2017: UHC funding - the great distraction

Quality care, not funding, is the real issue when it comes NHI...

By Nicci Botha 2 Oct 2017

Shivani Ranchod, Healthcare actuary, Insight Actuaries and Consultants
#HASA2017: Pathways to universal care

If we look at our current context, our healthcare system is not a designed product, but an artefact of our history...

By Nicci Botha 2 Oct 2017

Sheri Fink, author of Five Days at Memorial. Photo:
#HASA2017: Lessons in medical ethics

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Sheri Fink, delves into the life-and-death events at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina...

By Nicci Botha 29 Sep 2017

Bonitas announces annual increase and changes for 2018
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

Medical negligence claims rise by 25%
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

The fight against antimicrobial resistance depends on good agricultural practices
The fight against antimicrobial resistance depends on good agricultural practices

"Good health, good productivity and good economies depend on safe and nutritious food. Prudent use of antimicrobials in public health and agriculture is essential to achieve this."

26 Sep 2017

Lessons from Cuba
Lessons from Cuba

Instead of chasing financial reward and success in first-world countries, Dr Desmond Kegakilwe chose to come home and build his nation...

21 Sep 2017

UHC is achievable, but it takes political will
UHC is achievable, but it takes political will

Universal health coverage (UHC) can be achieved, but it is a political choice that takes vision, courage, and long-term thinking...

19 Sep 2017

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