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Startup offers alternative to financing palliative care

Current medical aid models for end-of-life care will pay for costly in-hospital care but won't pay for home-based care...

12 Apr 2019

Cofi Bill brings down regulatory siloes for medical scheme customers

Healthcare sector stakeholders have long advocated for a single regulator, believing that the current dual framework creates a regulatory arbitrage not conducive to offering the consumer maximum protection...

10 Apr 2019

Did the Health Professions Council trade cash for qualifications?

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is awaiting the president's go-ahead to investigate allegations that Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPSCA) employees may have taken bribes...

By Roxy de Villiers 5 Apr 2019

Introducing the e-patient

Almost half the South African population has access to the internet, including 8-million Twitter users and 16-million Facebook users...

4 Apr 2019

Informed consent: The costly legal implications if it's not done right

The value of keeping proper written records of explanations, discussions and advice leading to the informed consent to avoid protracted legal proceedings for both doctors and patients...

By Lisa Swaine 3 Apr 2019

SA medical schemes in good health

South Africa's largest medical schemes - both open and restricted - are in good shape and have sufficient reserves to pay members' claims...

1 Apr 2019

Ask Dr Google. The pros and cons of online diagnosis

Pop symptoms of a headache into a search engine and it will come back with a myriad of diagnoses, varying from a sinus headache to a tumour...

1 Apr 2019

Gauteng Health signs MoU with medical aid schemes

The Gauteng Department of Health (GDOH), in partnership with medical aid schemes and their administrators, has officially signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a public-private partnership...

7 Mar 2019

What the 2019 budget means for healthcare consumers

National Health Insurance (NHI) is critical to creating a quality functioning healthcare system for all South Africans...

5 Mar 2019

Private healthcare loses more than R22bn a year to fraud, waste

Fraud, waste and abuse is costing the private healthcare system more than R22bn, and if you submit false claims, you could face more than just being terminated from your scheme...

By Roxy de Villiers 1 Mar 2019

NHI is an opportunity to access orphan drugs

Government's National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme represents a substantial policy shift to restructure healthcare and secure universal health coverage for all South Africans...

28 Feb 2019

Is NHI going to make the SA economy even sicker?

Concerns raised by the Hospital Association of SA (Hasa) over contradictions in the NHI and the Medical Schemes Amendment that could lead to potential job losses has raised the ire of the national health minister...

By Jasson Urbach 27 Feb 2019

Motsoaledi outlines NHI war room plan

President Cyril Ramaphosa indicated in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) last week that in 2019 government will take a significant step towards universal health coverage that will bring quality healthcare to all South Africans...

12 Feb 2019

How will the NHI Bill affect employer medical aid contributions?

There has been a lot of hype around the proposed National Health Insurance Bill, but little has been said about how it will impact on the provision of medical aid benefits in the employee context...

By Lauren Salt and Rui Lopes 5 Feb 2019

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