Healthcare Trends 2018

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Discovery Health recovers R568m through fraud-control activities in 2017
Discovery Health recovers R568m through fraud-control activities in 2017

Discovery Health has invested substantially in fighting the scourge of healthcare fraud. Efforts to curb fraud in the healthcare system resulted in R568m recovered on behalf of client schemes in 2017...

22 Jan 2018

Report: 100 million still pushed into extreme poverty because of health expenses
Report: 100 million still pushed into extreme poverty because of health expenses

A large number of households are being pushed into poverty every year because of out-of- pocket healthcare expenses...

29 Dec 2017

10 reasons why medical malpractice is threatening SA healthcare
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

Clement Chinaka, MD of Old Mutual Corporate
The downside of the digital era: Poor lifestyle and stress induced diseases

The so-called fourth industrial has reshaped the way we work and live, but the digital era is also taking a toll on our health...

15 Nov 2017

DNA and insurance premiums
DNA and insurance premiums

Genetic testing is invaluable in predicting health disorders and tailoring treatment best suited to the patient's DNA...

24 Oct 2017

UJ research: Increasing autopsies for compensation of occupational lung diseases
UJ research: Increasing autopsies for compensation of occupational lung diseases

Miners in South Africa face an epidemic of occupational lung diseases, but ODMWA autopsies are declining, especially among retired mineworkers, despite the benefits...

11 May 2017

Disability claims hit assurers
Disability claims hit assurers

A spike in disability claims has hit the profits of all SA's life assurers hard over the past year, because of the economic downturn and a change to tax rules...

14 Mar 2017

Health insurance gets a two-year breather
Health insurance gets a two-year breather

Primary healthcare insurance products under threat from proposed regulations have been given a two-year exemption lifeline...

7 Mar 2017

Final demarcation regulations on medical cover published
Final demarcation regulations on medical cover published

The final demarcation regulations governing medical gap cover, hospital cash plans and primary healthcare policies have been published...

By Pericles Anetos 11 Jan 2017

Sugar tax: Thousands 'might lose their jobs'
Sugar tax: Thousands 'might lose their jobs'

The proposed sugar tax will leave a sour taste in the beverage industry, which says it believes that the resultant drop in sales will result in thousands of job losses...

By Katharine Child 12 Aug 2016

Major legal changes in health care
Major legal changes in health care

There are four key legislative areas, which will be significant in the industry this year...

23 Feb 2016

New Discovery projects slow earnings
New Discovery projects slow earnings

Insurer Discovery expects to unveil its lowest growth in earnings yet when it reports its results for the half-year to end December next week. Shares in the group fell more than 5%...

By Moyagabo Maake 18 Feb 2016

Schools not usually insured for children's' injuries
Schools not usually insured for children's' injuries

Amongst the 11-million children going to school this month, many will participate in various sports in the hope of becoming the new national sports heroes...

26 Jan 2016

Neil Kirby
Rights of medical aid members to dispute scheme's refusal of benefits

Where a member is of a view that a particular decision by a medical scheme is unfair or contrary to the rules of the scheme, that member has certain rights available in order to deal with that decision...

By Neil Kirby 11 Dec 2015

Difficulties associated with promoting a health clinic online
Difficulties associated with promoting a health clinic online

Every business needs to have an online presence, and this includes health clinics. However, it's important to understand the difficulties associated with promoting any health clinic on the internet since it is not as easy as you may think...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 1 Dec 2015

Momentum Health placed second in TopBrands survey
Momentum Health placed second in TopBrands survey

Momentum Health's client-centric approach largely contributed to South African consumers placing it second in the Sunday Times TopBrands survey...

28 Aug 2015

Backing for NHI concept

South Africa's decision to implement the National Health Insurance has been endorsed by global health economists in a landmark report released in London on Tuesday, 3 December 2013.

4 Dec 2013

More cash for varsity research

Scientists tackling South Africa's biggest diseases have received a multimillion-rand boost thanks to the Medical Research Council and the Treasury.

1 Nov 2013

Alzheimer's - it's about caring and planning
Alzheimer's - it's about caring and planning

Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia and can affect anyone, as it's not associated with any particular race, gender or culture. Being prepared for its possible onset should form part of everybody's financial lifestyle planning.

26 Sep 2013

An insurance perspective on the future of healthcare in SA

"The worried healthy or worried wealthy" is a very revealing observation by Actuary Christoff Raath of the Health Monitor Group in his assessment of the current state of play prevalent in the medical schemes market. The fact is that a scheme's longevity is reliant on high income earners not understanding that they can in fact buy down to lower options at a considerable discount to current premiums and then migrate upwards later on when age and ill health creeps up on them.

By Richard Michael Blackman 4 Sep 2013

Filling the holes
Filling the holes

While government stalls in closing gaps in medical aid benefits, consumers are under pressure from having to take out additional cover.

By Andile Makholwa 19 Jul 2013

Liberty Medical Scheme and Spectramed to merge

In a significant development within the medical scheme industry, Liberty and Spectramed medical schemes today, 27 June 2013, announced their intention to merge.

27 Jun 2013

If you're content, we're content
If you're content, we're content

"Content" is currently on everybody's lips, with everyone from the existing media to brand owners and individuals being encouraged to become content providers. Bizcommunity has been ahead of the content curve for over a decade.

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 18 Mar 2013

Healthcare price probe coming
Healthcare price probe coming

An inquiry into pricing and possible collusion in the healthcare market will begin on 1 April, the Competition Commission said on Wednesday (13 March). Pharmaceutical companies won't be form part of the inquiry.

14 Mar 2013

Eight tips to buying medical aid

Buying medical cover can be complex and daunting and many consumers turn to brokers to help them choose the right benefits and plan. Here some key questions to ask your broker before you sign on the dotted line.

By Mark Arnold 12 Nov 2012

Departments not under-spending says Motsoaledi

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has denied reports that provincial health departments failed to spend their budgets on much-needed infrastructure, saying the under-spending was 18 months ago.

13 Sep 2012

Doctors up in arms over council's tariff guidelines

Private sector doctors and dentists have criticised tariff guidelines published by the Health Professions Council of SA last week as unscientific and out of kilter with the reality of running a healthcare business.

14 Aug 2012

Government must intervene in health care costs

South Africans are paying up to five times more than other nations when it comes to the cost of health care. This is the opinion of Dr. Anban Pillay, deputy director in the Department of Health.

10 Aug 2012

HPCSA releases new tariff guidelines for medical, dental services
HPCSA releases new tariff guidelines for medical, dental services

Today, 7 August 2012, the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) announced the implementation of new Guideline Tariffs in terms of Section 53 of the Health Professions Act (Act No 56 of 1974) that will serve a dual purpose to protect the public and guide healthcare practitioners on the rendering of accounts in terms of the prescribed ethical guidelines on informed consent by ensuring their clients/patients are fully informed about the cost of the potential service to be rendered.

7 Aug 2012

Medical scheme protectionism is "irrational"

By moving to curb gap medical cover, government is taking a 'protectionist' stance towards medical schemes that is without any reason, says Neil Kirby, director of healthcare and life sciences law at Werksmans Attorneys.

26 Jun 2012

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