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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

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#bhf2019conference: Doing better with less

Waste, fraud and abuse across the healthcare spectrum are contributing the high cost of healthcare, and ultimately patients are paying with their lives...

By Nicci Botha 26 Jul 2019

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#bhf2019conference: How blockchain can eliminate fraud, waste & abuse

The real value of blockchain extends far beyond cryptocurrency. Its applications are being explored as a means to reduce or even eliminate fraud, waste and abuse in healthcare...

By Nicci Botha 25 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

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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#OrchidsandOnions: Duo of health ads, take a bow

The Onion goes to Windhoek Lager, for relying on automatic 'programmatic' digital advertising, which damages the brand...

By Brendan Seery 16 Jul 2019

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How corporate SA can transition towards customer centricity and embrace the global paradigm

If your company is not thinking about embracing the global paradigm towards customer centricity, you should spend your remaining profits building a time machine to review the moments that lead to your demise...

By Matthew Westaway 17 Jan 2018

#InnovationMonth: How tech is transforming healthcare
#InnovationMonth: How tech is transforming healthcare

Discovery Health has built its very successful Vitality programme, which is a blueprint for other rewards schemes, not only in healthcare, but other sectors too...

By Nicci Botha 13 Sep 2017

Desperately seeking: A viable healthcare payment system
Desperately seeking: A viable healthcare payment system

South Africa's private healthcare sector is under severe pressure, particularly with rampant inflation tracking at rates higher than CPI...

By Nicci Botha 24 Apr 2017

#BizTrends2017: Sustainability requires innovation
#BizTrends2017: Sustainability requires innovation

In the next decade the South African healthcare industry will look very different...

By Danette Breitenbach 9 Jan 2017

Bonitas and LMS join forces amid a stressed economy
Bonitas and LMS join forces amid a stressed economy

Medical aids Bonitas and LMS have merged following approval from the Competition Commission...

By Nicci Botha 6 Oct 2016

Fixing private healthcare through teamwork
Fixing private healthcare through teamwork

With so much attention on public healthcare, the private sector has slipped under the radar, but it has problems of its own...

By Nicci Botha 9 Sep 2016

Boris Dzhingarov
Self-employed insurance - Do you need it or not?

Unfortunately, most self-employed workers fail to understand how important it is to have health insurance. This is insurance that helps a person to protect the best interests and the family...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 17 May 2016

Upsetting the healthcare apple cart
Upsetting the healthcare apple cart

The SA healthcare industry is in a state of flux, especially around NHI and the Competition Commission probe into private healthcare costs...

By Nicci Botha 30 Mar 2016

#BrandManagerMonth: Chris Luyt, Bestmed
#BrandManagerMonth: Chris Luyt, Bestmed

Chris Luyt, executive of marketing and sales of Bestmed chats about his brand, why TV advertising is losing its appeal and what inspires him...

By Nicci Botha 29 Mar 2016

Bonitas and Liberty looking to merge
Bonitas and Liberty looking to merge

Bonitas Medical Fund and Liberty Medical Scheme (LMS) are in discussions to amalgamate...

By Nicci Botha 22 Mar 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

Stephen Sandmann
The costs of cancer insurance

Cancer insurance and other disease-specific types of insurance often spark debate around whether they are useful or even necessary...

By Stephen Sandmann 21 Apr 2015

Health-care industry - the next cybercrime target?
Health-care industry - the next cybercrime target?

Health-care systems, from electronic health records to medical devices, are more vulnerable than many of us realise - and the stakes are too high to ignore...

By Perry Hutton 9 Mar 2015

John Harvey
Medical aid and freedom of choice

The recent threat by Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters to withdraw from Parliament's medical aid scheme has placed the spotlight firmly on companies insisting that employees make use their preferred service provider(s).

By John Harvey 24 Jun 2014

Dr Tracy Dunbar
Actionable insight from data

In a business environment where prices and products are so alike, a company's data and how it is used is one of the last remaining differentiators between mediocrity and excellence.

By Dr Tracy Dunbar 2 Apr 2013

Bradley Maseko
SA banks join the "app" world... What's/who's next?

With the exception of FNB, the digital innovation leader in the financial services sector, which launched its application (app) in July 2011, it has taken almost a year for the rest of the big four to launch their very own apps to engage the ever-growing digital generation which has over 70% of South Africans primarily accessing the internet through mobile platforms using smartphones.

By Bradley Maseko 3 Aug 2012

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