Abortion: Government to get tougher on doctors with moral objections

South Africa is one of a handful of African countries with liberal abortion laws. The country passed its landmark Choice of Termination of Pregnancy Act in 1996. Following the Act’s introduction, the number of abortions performed in South Africa substantially increased. Today, tens of thousands of safe, legal abortions are performed each year at a […]
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ANC looks to axe medical aid tax credits, expand National Health Insurance

The ruling party says it’s time to get serious about funding and rolling out South Africa’s universal access to healthcare plan. Your medical aid tax credits could be back on the chopping block if a decision by the education and health subcommittee of the ANC’s national executive committee is anything to go by. The committee […]
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When he won’t say yes to a condom, maybe you should say yes to this pill

This tablet can help to protect the country’s young women from contracting HIV. The sun begins to set as Alwande Khoza* returns home from her second clinic visit in just over a week. She lives in a student commune in a quiet Durban street. It’s a two-minute walk from the Steve Biko campus of Durban […]
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Familie word van bakpoort na stuurpoort gestuur by Steve Biko Hospitaal na seun se ongeluk

Die Steve Biko Akademiese Hospitaal is weereens onder die vergrootglas geplaas nadat nog klagtes na vore gekom het. ’n Familie van die Moot sê die hospitaal was nalatig nadat ’n geliefde verlede Woensdag in die hospitaal opgeneem is. Jayden Pieterse (27) is in die hospitaal opgeneem nadat hy in ’n verskeersongeluk betrokke was. Die ongeluk […]
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Natal gesondheid in gemors

Die Natalse Gesondheidsdepartement sit reeds twee jaar sonder ‘n finansiële hoof. Die departement sê dat hulle hul bes doen om die pos te vul. Die vraag is nou wie intussen omsien na die finansiële kontrole van die departement? Ten spyte van verskeie pogings en advertering van die pos is daar nog niemand aangestel nie. Waarnemers […]
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Bejaarde man wat 15 dae lank op ’n noodoperasie gewag het, sterf

Die Vrystaatse gesondheidsdepartement ontken enige aandadigheid aan die dood van ’n pasiënt wat 15 dae lank op ’n noodoperasie gewag het. Frederick Thiart (77) van Edenburg is 14 Desember dood, twee dae nadat sy been geamputeer is. Thiart, ’n diabeet, het met erge pyn en gangreen in sy een been in die Pelonomi-hospitaal in Bloemfontein […]
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How to choose a medical aid plan

Are you thinking of switching medical aid options? If so, read this first. It’s that time of year again. Many major medical schemes have opened up brief, annual window periods in which members can change their plans. Clueless? Contact your medical aid to find out about specific deadlines. While cost is the first thing most […]
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Health official organised hitmen to kill Soweto hospital CEO

An official of the Gauteng department of health has been convicted of conspiring to commit murder, Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa said. Briefing the media in Midrand, Ramokgopa said Zandi Qwabe, a clerk at the Bheki Mlangeni Regional Hospital in Soweto, had organised hitmen to have the CEO and the labour relations manager of the hospital […]
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Stay healthy on holiday

December and the annual migration down to the coast or overseas will soon be a reality for the majority of South Africans as the summer holiday shutdown begins. Most of us are vigilant about our preparations ahead of going away. We make sure our car has been serviced and also make arrangements for our animals […]
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Kankerondersoeke se koste kan styg ná Pelindaba-probleme

Pelindaba se vervaardigingsaanleg van radioaktiewe produkte vir mediese gebruik is steeds nie in bedryf nie nadat dit twee ­weke gelede weens ’n probleem met die waterstofreguleringstelsel gesluit is. Daarom word alle radioaktiewe molibdeen- en jodiumprodukte wat in die diagnose en behandeling van kanker en ander siektetoestande gebruik word, van die buiteland af ingevoer. Die prys […]
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