How will private healthcare evolve under Universal Health Coverage (UHC)?

With National Health Insurance, the Competition Commission investigation and sky-rocketing costs, it’s no wonder that the private healthcare sector (and the public sector for that matter) is a tad wary about what the future holds. However, in which ever way, shape or form it manifests itself, universal health coverage (UHC) is inevitable. It forms part […]
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National laboratory workers strike after negotiations stall, provinces fail to pay

The nationwide industrial action is expected to last at least until Friday and could affect patients living with conditions such as cancer and HIV. Workers from the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) will embark on a national strike on Wednesday after last-minute wage negotiations stalled. NHLS managers met officials from the National Education, Health and […]
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Syndicates and devious health professionals may target National Health Insurance

Criminal networks are targeting your medical aid rands but could you be part of the problem too? Criminal syndicates and unscrupulous doctors may be defrauding the private health sector of millions as experts warn that medical schemes may reach a breaking point. “The health care sector is being targeted by criminal syndicates and even devious […]
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According to patients SA’s top hospitals are in the Western Cape

The Western Cape boasts the top hospitals in the country, followed by Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. See names of hospitals that have been included in the top 20 over the last three years. This is according to the latest results of Discovery Health Patient Survey Score (PaSS) survey, which is based on patient experience scores. Out […]
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Skok-voorbeelde van bedrog by mediese fondse aan die lig gekom

Die gesondheidsorgbedryf is in die visier van misdaadsindikate en onderduimse praktisyns. Dr. Gregory Pratt, mediese adviseur vir forensiese ondersoeke in die gesondheidsbedryf vir Medscheme, het op die beraad vir gesondheidsorgfinansiers in Kaapstad skokkende voorbeelde genoem van bedrog waarmee hy die afgelope maande te make gehad het. Mediese bedrog is so algemeen “omdat dit makliker gepleeg […]
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Vrystaatse gesondheidsdepartement stort in duie na top spesialiste bedank

Gesondheidsorg in die Vrystaat steier steeds onder die voortdurende eksodus van sy topmedici. Pas het nog twee van die provinsie se voorste spesialiste, prof. Schalk Wentzel (55) by urologie en dr. Maryke Spruit (55) by kritieke sorg, bedank. Dr. Freek Bester, president van die Suid-Afrikaanse Mediese Vereniging se sentrale tak, sê om die ervaring van […]
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Diensjaar: Verpleegster wen hofsaak na regstryd met Gautengse gesondheidsowerheid

“Dit voel of ’n berg van my skouers af is.” So het ’n verligte en glimlaggende Dané Hertz (22) Dinsdagmiddag gesê ná haar regstryd met die Gautengse gesondheidsowerheid omdat sy nie uitplasing vir haar verpligte gemeenskapsdiensjaar as verpleegster kon kry nie. Hertz moet luidens ’n bevel van die hooggeregshof in Pretoria binne 30 dae deur […]
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Anger over medicines supply scheme

It is crucial for the Rev Isaac Harley to take his medication daily – it’s a matter of life and death really. As a diabetic with a hypertensive comorbidity, he depends on his tablets and insulin to maintain his insulin levels and to manage his high blood pressure. But it’s been one problem after the […]
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Hospital cash-back plans crimped by new law

The demarcation regulations clearly distinguish between medical insurance products and medical aid schemes. For the consumer, this means that while limited gap cover and hospital cash-back plans will still be allowed, primary healthcare insurance policies will no longer be available. All existing policies will need to align with the regulations from 1 January 2018. Affected […]
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The most expensive and cheapest medical aids in SA for 2017

The latest GTC Medical Aid Survey for 2017 has been released, which compares local medical aid schemes on cost to members across various levels of cover. According to GTC, medical aids are complicated schemes, and comparing them is an almost impossible task; however it has developed a review process that compares schemes across specific categories, […]
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