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
Genetic testing is invaluable in predicting health disorders and tailoring treatment best suited to the patient's DNA...
24 Oct 2017
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
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
Primary healthcare insurance products under threat from proposed regulations have been given a two-year exemption lifeline...
7 Mar 2017
The final demarcation regulations governing medical gap cover, hospital cash plans and primary healthcare policies have been published...
Pericles Anetos 11 Jan 2017
There are four key legislative areas, which will be significant in the industry this year...
23 Feb 2016
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
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...
Neil Kirby 11 Dec 2015
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...
Momentum Health's client-centric approach largely contributed to South African consumers placing it second in the Sunday Times TopBrands survey...
28 Aug 2015
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
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 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
"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.
Richard Michael Blackman 4 Sep 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Government says substantial steps have been taken towards the establishment of the National Health Insurance System as a means of improving the effectiveness of the country's health system.
1 Jun 2012
As the public increasingly labours under the effects of the extended economic downturn, fresh concerns are being raised about the effect that non-compliance with medical treatments will have on the health of individuals and the ultimate cost to the public purse. Although treatment non-compliance has always posed challenges, the problem is exacerbated during difficult economic times.
2 May 2012