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Rebuilding health systems from the bottom up: a South African case study

The recent publication of the National Health Insurance Bill in South Africa has provoked vigorous debate...

By Helen Schneider 12 Sep 2019

Barry Childs
SA fares reasonably well in global NHI perspective

South Africans are often too introspective, forgetting to examine how the rest of the world has implemented widely-differing models of universal health cover, says healthcare actuary, Barry Childs...

4 Sep 2019

Dr Anchen Laubscher, group medical director of Netcare
Keeping the patient at the centre of care

Clinical outcomes rank above patient experience, with cost coming in a poor third, according to research on the value of hospital care...

3 Sep 2019

The proposed National Health Insurance has raised questions about the government’s ability to manage a complex health system Shutterstock
South African taxpayers will bear the brunt of NHI

South Africa's government recently released the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, which aims to extend universal healthcare to all South Africans...

By Lee-Ann Steenkamp 29 Aug 2019

Dr Chris Archer, CEO of the South African Private Practitioners Forum; moderator, Tanya Cohen, former Business Unity South Africa CEO; Dr Guni Goolab, principal officer, Government Employee Medical Scheme (GEMS); Dr Terence Moodley, board member of Samed; Melanie da Costa, director of strategy and healthcare policy, Netcare; Dr Stavros Nicolaou, chairman of the Pharmaceutical Task Group Dr Anban Pillay, deputy director general, National Department of Health; and Dr Jonathan Broomberg, CEO, Discovery Health
After NHI - South Africans can still choose medical aids

One of big questions being asked ever since National Health Insurance (NHI) was first mooted is what medical aids will look like and whether they would even exist under NHI...

By Nicci Botha 27 Aug 2019

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize
#HASA2019: NHI is a work in progress

Despite a campaign from various quarters to undermine the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI), Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize said it is "not a monster coming to destroy everyone"...

By Nicci Botha 26 Aug 2019

Public urged to engage with NHI Bill
Public urged to engage with NHI Bill

Cabinet has called on members of the public to engage the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, which is currently before Parliament.

22 Aug 2019

Neil Kirby
No mandatory requirement for South Africans to join NHI

The publication of the National Health Insurance Bill has resulted in much public comment as to the future of healthcare in South Africa...

21 Aug 2019

Dr Brian Ruff, co-founder of PPO Serve
Reaction to the NHI is ill-informed: A constructive discussion is needed

The National Health Insurance (NHI) philosophy is not complex, nor unusual. Its premise is the separation of the suppliers of healthcare services from the role of purchasing access to care...

By Brian Ruff 20 Aug 2019

South Africa has a skewed healthcare system with an under-funded public sector and an expensive private sector. Shutterstock
Why South Africa's plans for universal healthcare are pie in the sky

Performance in South Africa's two tier health system - the public and the private - has been worsening for some time. Politicians have attempted to attribute the decline in the public sector to a myriad of ills, none of their making...

By Alex van den Heever 19 Aug 2019

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SAPPF vetoes proposed NHI model

While it supports the concept of universal health coverage and access to quality healthcare for all South Africans, the SAPPF does not support the National Health Insurance (NHI) model chosen by the South African government...

13 Aug 2019

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NHI one step closer to universal coverage

The much anticipated National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill has officially been released by Parliament - paving the way for public participation and engagement on it...

8 Aug 2019

International migrants often struggle to access healthcare. Shutterstock
Migrants must be part of South Africa's universal health plan. Here's why

Seven years ago the United Nations (UN) endorsed universal health coverage as key to sustainable development and global security...

By Sasha Frade & Jo Vearey 30 Jul 2019

Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize
Successful NHI implementation requires collaboration

The successful implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI) will rely on unified collaborations and effective political will, says Health Minister Zweli Mkhize...

29 Jul 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa signs Presidential Health Compact

The stated goal of one country, one health system "means quality of care must be the same regardless of whether you have money or not, and regardless of where you live"...

26 Jul 2019

Charles Dalton
#bhf2019conference: UHC - what's working, what's not?

Is achieving universal health coverage by 2030 a reality or a distant dream?

By Nicci Botha 24 Jul 2019

3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office
3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office

Since 2001, Bizcommunity anticipated the role of company culture as intellectual capital. Biz Press Offices are a "glass box" game changer, offering a window into 18 industry communities...

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Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize
#BHF2019Conference: Minister outlines private sector's role in NHI

National Health Insurance (NHI) is not merely a consumption expenditure, but a social investment that is a basis for sustainable and inclusive growth...

By Nicci Botha 22 Jul 2019

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DoH to tackle staff shortages

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says the department has made dealing with staff shortages a priority for the year ahead...

12 Jul 2019

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NHI Bill approved for submission to Parliament

Cabinet has approved the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill of 2018 for tabling in Parliament, following its release for public consultation last year...

11 Jul 2019

Dr Anuschka Coovadia is the head of healthcare for Africa at KPMG
Change across healthcare ecosystems in Africa

Over the last 100 years, healthcare systems across the African continent have started to evolve and transform slowly, in line with parallel changes experienced in the economic growth and social development of each country...

By Anuschka Coovadia 5 Jul 2019

Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize
New minister promises NHI delivery

National Health Insurance (NHI) will happen, and the legislation governing its implementation and funding will go to Parliament soon, said the newly appointed health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize...

27 Jun 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised that long waits at state health facilities will be a thing of the past. Photo: RNews
President promises revised NHI plan

President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his second State of the Nation Address this year, said that revising the National Health Insurance (NHI) detailed plan of implementation is at an advanced stage...

21 Jun 2019

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What stresses doctors out?

Long hours and poor working conditions are negatively impacting the personal health of many South African healthcare professionals, according to the 2019 PPS Graduate Professional Index (GPI) results...

20 Jun 2019

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#AfricaMonth: Re-envisioning Africa's healthcare system

To achieve universal healthcare in Africa, strong leadership, good governance structures and partnerships with the private sector are required to build a strong public health sector....

31 May 2019

The bushes surrounding the clinic in Buntingville are so overgrown that the clinic looks disused. But it is used, and it’s badly under-resourced. Photo: Yamkela Ntshongwana
Nurses in village clinic buy medical essentials with their own money

Nurses at the clinic in Buntingville, about 18km south-east of Mthatha, use their own money to improve their health facility...

By Yamkela Ntshongwana 29 May 2019

Why fixing primary healthcare is crucial to making South Africa healthier
Why fixing primary healthcare is crucial to making South Africa healthier

By some measures - healthy life expectancy, obesity and depression, among others - South Africa is the unhealthiest country on earth. That's a sobering fact to consider. How has the country got here?

By Bob Mash 10 Apr 2019

Did the Health Professions Council trade cash for qualifications?
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

Damian McHugh, head of marketing, Momentum health services.
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

Kelly du Plessis, CEO: Rare Diseases SA
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

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