Health Professions Council of SA pursues bogus health practitioners

A rise in bogus health practitioners has forced the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) and medical schemes to strengthen their forensics units to curb fraud. A team at the HPCSA is conducting about 400 investigations into bogus practitioners. To date, just more than 40 arrests have been made, but prosecutions are slow. Data from […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Medical negligence claims in public health sector rise by 25%

The sorry state of the public health sector is reflected in the sharp rise in medical negligence claims against provincial health departments, increasing by around 25% per year between 2011 and 2016. Medical negligence claims rise by 25%. This is according to Kirstie Haslam, partner at DSC Attorneys who says that the Gauteng Department of […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

How to save on your medical aid

JOHANNESBURG – Medical aid schemes. The essential but expensive line item in a monthly budget for the less than 20 percent of South Africans who can afford medical aid cover. John October, Chief Executive of online insurance and financial comparison website, Hippo.co.za, says in many cases people are forced into medical aid schemes. “Many have […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Motsoaledi has ‘zero authority’ to help ailing hospitals

Cape Town – Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says he has “zero authority” to improve the functioning of troubled state hospitals, which are all managed by provincial governments. Motsoaledi told the portfolio committee on health on Thursday that a two-year ministerial task team report highlighted 19 key problems at hospitals in six provinces around the country. […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Transnet mediese fonds bankrot?

Volgens vertroulike inligting wat ontvang is, blyk dit dat Transnet se mediese fonds in finansiële moeilikheid is. Lede van die fonds gaan klaarblyklik oorgeplaas word na ‘n ander mediese fonds, maar lede sal baie meer moet betaal vir mediese dekking. Oud Spoorweg werkers word veral geraak aangesien dit vir hul bykans onbekostigbaar gaan wees om […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Noord-Kaapse LUR van gesondheid moet opdok vir bejaarde se onderbeen

Die Noord-Kaapse LUR van gesondheid is Woensdag in die hooggeregshof in Kimberley beveel om die mediese en regskoste te betaal van ’n bejaarde man wat sy onderbeen weens mediese nalatigheid verloor het. Regter Mpho Mamosebo het in haar uitspraak gesê dit ontstem haar dat ’n kundige soos dr. Qebelo Maseme, wat vir die LUR getuig […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

“I’VE DONE NOTHING WRONG” -CLAIMS FAITH MUTHAMBI ON NEPOTISM

The Public Service and Administration Minister confirmed to MPs on Wedesday that nine family members were employed to work in her office. Minister Faith Muthambi has told Parliament she doesn’t see anything wrong with hiring relatives to work for her. The Public Service and Administration Minister confirmed to MPs on Wednesday that nine family members […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Probe exonerates Livingstone Hospital in death and maggots row

Livingstone Hospital investigations have found that nobody can be held liable for two shocking incidents in which a patient fell to his death from the fifth floor and maggots hatched in the wound of another. But the family of Zakes Mbeki, 29, who fell from the fifth story of the hospital early on Christmas morning, […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Is SA’s healthcare getting better?

Globally, noncommunicable diseases were responsible for 70% of deaths in 2015, up from 60% in 2000. Ischaemic heart disease was the leading cause of death accounting for 8.8 million deaths in 2015, followed by stroke (6.2 million deaths) and lower respiratory infections (3.2 million deaths). Communicable (infectious) diseases, on the other hand, were the cause […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Google search adds medical quiz to help diagnose depression.

Google has integrated a medially-certified quiz into its search results to help users determine whether they have depression. Users in the United States who search Google for depression or clinical depression will now be greeted with a link labelled “Check if you are clinically depressed”. The link opens an integrated PHQ-9 questionnaire, which helps to […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!