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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...

3 days ago

Tristate Heart and Vascular Centre in Nigeria. Photo: Tristate Heart and Vascular Centre
Philanthropists join forces to fund Africa's cash-strapped health sector

Billionaires Bill Gates, Aliko Dangote come together to fund healthcare projects...

By Pavithra Rao 3 days ago

Positive news for MS sufferers with hopes of becoming parents
Positive news for MS sufferers with hopes of becoming parents

Multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferers should not be discouraged from having families, as the view on the prospect of women with MS, carrying pregnancies to term, is shifting...

Issued by Cipla 18 Sep 2017

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Why the path to longer and healthier lives for all Africans is within reach

There is huge diversity within and across the 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The challenges these countries face in achieving health outcomes that are at par with low and middle income countries in other regions of the world are numerous and diverse...

By Alex Ezeh, Nelson Sewankambo and Peter Piot 18 Sep 2017

What is the real cost of NHI?
What is the real cost of NHI?

The true cost of the NHI, and how government will fund it, are two details on which South Africans have no clarity...

By Martin van Staden 14 Sep 2017

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KZN gets ultimatum to fix health crisis

The KZN Department of Health has been ordered to sort out the ongoing healthcare crisis in the province...

By Nicci Botha 11 Sep 2017

'Cyberchondria' costs the UK health service £56m a year
'Cyberchondria' costs the UK health service £56m a year

Health anxiety, also known as hypochondria, cost the British healthcare system around £56m a year, researchers said, blaming the internet for a rise in "cyberchondria"...

11 Sep 2017

Fort Hare nursing students may be barred for the year
Fort Hare nursing students may be barred for the year

Less than 10 of more than 350 Fort Hare nursing students kicked out for protesting brought their parents to the university...

5 Sep 2017

Justice John Hlophe, judge president of the Western Cape High Court
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

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Public backs tax on sugary drinks and junk food

Support for the sugar tax has grown in recent months, with a recent survey showing three out of four adult South Africans believe that the government is doing the right thing...

4 Sep 2017

Waiting to inhale: Radiation and living near mines
Waiting to inhale: Radiation and living near mines

Johannesburg and Soweto residents are living on a health time bomb, thanks to one of the largest mine-produced and naturally occurring concentrations of uranium...

1 Sep 2017

Just in Case campaign putting safety first
Just in Case campaign putting safety first

An interactive safety education campaign is to be rolled out by Bonitas Medical Fund to 43,000 leaners at 67 schools across South Africa...

Issued by Bonitas 31 Aug 2017

Cost containment and quality healthcare need not be mutually exclusive
Cost containment and quality healthcare need not be mutually exclusive

The South African healthcare system is in transition as we move towards the implementation of National Health Insurance. There is considerable opportunity for securing a brighter healthcare future for all...

By Mark Arnold 30 Aug 2017

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Study finds large number of South Africans happy to be overweight

The question of whether SA's envisaged sugar tax will positively address obesity levels was thrown into sharp focus by research which revealed an unexpected stumbling block...

29 Aug 2017

Is SA's healthcare getting better?
Is SA's healthcare getting better?

Insight Survey's latest South African Healthcare Industry Landscape Report 2017 provides a holistic understanding of the healthcare landscape in South Africa based on the latest information and research...

Issued by Insight Survey 28 Aug 2017

Salaries eat into provincial public health budgets
Salaries eat into provincial public health budgets

Public health expenditure has ballooned to R183bn over the past 20 years, but a large chunk of provincial health budgets is spent on salaries...

23 Aug 2017

Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth. Photo: Bhekisisa/Oupa Nkosi
Tax snag leaves cancer patients in the lurch

A tax glitch has left state cancer patients waiting months for bone scans with some so desperate they were bussed to the Western Cape...

15 Aug 2017

Cecilia Makhiwane Hospital. Picture: Daily Dispatch
Attack on doctor sparks security concerns

The Sama has condemned the lack of proper security at public hospitals in the province after a doctor was assaulted by a patient...

14 Aug 2017

Legal barriers to fast tracking HIV/TB response in Africa
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

Climate change set to increase air pollution deaths by hundreds of thousands by 2100
Climate change set to increase air pollution deaths by hundreds of thousands by 2100

Climate change is set to increase the amount of ground-level ozone and fine particle pollution we breathe...

By Guang Zeng and Jason West 1 Aug 2017

Dr Rufaro Chatora, WHO country representative
How will private healthcare evolve under UHC?

With NHI, the Competition Commission inquiry and sky-rocketing costs it's no wonder that the private healthcare sector is wary about what the future holds...

By Nicci Botha 27 Jul 2017

NHLS proposes revised salary offer
NHLS proposes revised salary offer

The National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) says its board has proposed a revised salary offer to unions...

26 Jul 2017

UHC lessons from Obamacare
UHC lessons from Obamacare

The NHI might have progressed to white paper stage, but South Africa is still stuck in the midst of a healthcare crisis...

By Nicci Botha 24 Jul 2017

FMF questions NHI financing model
FMF questions NHI financing model

The latest iteration of the NHI is no closer to defining what the scheme will cost ...

20 Jul 2017

Pre-NHI forum to take on medical aid graft
Pre-NHI forum to take on medical aid graft

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has partnered with the private healthcare industry to create a forum to help prevent corruption for NHI...

19 Jul 2017

Dr Precious Matsoso, director general, South African National Department of Health
NHI starts with the children

NHI will focus on preventing NCDS and meeting the health needs of South African children...

18 Jul 2017

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Thousands of foreign doctors working in rural SA

South African doctors do not want to work in rural areas, so a NPO is recruiting foreign doctors to work in these parts...

18 Jul 2017

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general: World Health Organisation
Funding and security are key to global health

This year, 400m people, that is one out of 17, mostly poor people, women and children, around the world remain without access to healthcare...

11 Jul 2017

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Experts say bird flu not a threat to humans

The SA Poultry Association has warned all types of chicken are at risk of contracting bird flu, whether free-range, hardbody or conventionally bred live chickens...

By Kgaugelo Masweneng 7 Jul 2017

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