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What NHI might look like for the average South African

The NHI Bill will drive a major strengthening of community-based, primary healthcare and reduces that unnecessary hospital-based care that currently wastes so many resources in both the private and public sectors...

By Brian Ruff 20 Feb 2020

#BestofBiz 2019: Healthcare
#BestofBiz 2019: Healthcare

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

17 Dec 2019

Dr Brian Ruff, co-founder of PPO Serve
Heading towards value-based care

Accessible and quality healthcare is a pillar of sustainable development and global security. The principle behind this is that no one should fall into poverty because they get sick and need healthcare...

17 Dec 2019

Child healthcare remains uneven in South Africa and varies between provinces and districts. Shutterstock
How South Africa can build a child-centred healthcare system

It is more than 20 years since the South African constitution first guaranteed children's "right to basic healthcare services"...

By Maylene Shung-King 12 Dec 2019

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Sama makes NHI submission to Parliament

While the South African Medical Association (Sama) is in support of the principles of universal health coverage and quality care for all, it has not been able to support the 2019 NHI Bill in its current format...

10 Dec 2019

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NHI will be rolled out at a pace affordable for SA

The current macro-economic outlook and constrained fiscal environment means that Implementing National Health Insurance (NHI) is likely to take longer than originally planned...

29 Nov 2019

When you have a pain in the neck or back
When you have a pain in the neck or back

Back pain is a common problem - 80% of us will experience an episode at some point in our lives. It is associated with many factors that vary from person to person...

Issued by Bonitas 26 Nov 2019

Netcare is one of three hospital groups found to dominated the facilities market. Shutterstock
How a lack of competition in South Africa's private health sector hurts consumers

An extensive inquiry into South Africa's health market was recently concluded - the first ever process in the country that involved gathering evidence and then studying the private healthcare market from the perspective of competition and competition law...

1 Nov 2019

#MTBPS2019: Price of NHI goes up by R33bn
#MTBPS2019: Price of NHI goes up by R33bn

The National Health Insurance (NHI) rollout will require an extra R33bn annually from the 2025/26 financial year...

31 Oct 2019

Foremost health quality and safety conference for Cape Town
Foremost health quality and safety conference for Cape Town

As better methods for providing safe and efficient health service delivery occupy much of the political debate, it is timely that the world's largest conference on such matters will be in Cape Town from 20 to 23 October...

Issued by COHSASA 17 Oct 2019

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NHI written submissions deadline extended

The deadline for written submissions on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill has been extended to end of November...

4 Oct 2019

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Health Sector Anti-Corruption Forum launched

As a forerunner to the the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, the Health Sector Anti-Corruption Forum has been set up prevent, detect and prosecute fraud and corruption in the sector...

2 Oct 2019

Know your business inside out with a Biz Office
Know your business inside out with a Biz Office

New expectations of transparency and authenticity in business means things like organisational purpose, brand stories, how your company does things, what it believes in and what it stands for, can all play a part in how your company sees itself and how it is seen by others...

Issued by 2 Oct 2019

Lessons from Rwanda on how trust can help repair a broken health system

Seven countries around the world - three of them in Africa - have made faster than expected progress over the past 15 years in reducing deaths among children younger than five...

By Agnes Binagwaho 2 Oct 2019

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HMI report: Private sector characterised by high costs and no competition

The Competition Commission's long-awaited Health Market Inquiry (HMI) has found that the private healthcare sector is "highly concentrated", "characterised by high and rising costs of healthcare and medical scheme cover...

1 Oct 2019

Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019
Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019

Bizcommunity is excited to announce the relaunch of our Biz Product and Rate Card, featuring all-new product infographics, descriptors and more...

Issued by 27 Sep 2019

A community care worker providing treatment to a TB patient at her home. Wikkicommons/Stherere23
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

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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

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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

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