KZN amakhosi enraged over ANC land reform bid

KwaZulu-Natal’s traditional leaders appear to be on a collision course with the ANC about the governing party’s decision to dissolve the Ingonyama Trust, which controls three million hectares of tribal land on behalf of King Goodwill Zwelithini. The ANC’s national conference last month passed a series of resolutions aimed at accelerating the pace of land […]
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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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10 reasons why medical malpractice is threatening SA healthcare

According to an Econex survey commissioned by the Hospital Association of South Africa (Hasa) in 2015, there were just 60 doctors per 100,000 people in 2013; whereas the world average is 152. The emigration of healthcare professionals adds to South Africa’s doctor shortage – a situation which is placing the country’s entire healthcare system at […]
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Hat trick for Bonitas Medical Fund

Bonitas Medical Fund was recently awarded the Ask Afrika Orange Index for service excellence. This makes it a hat trick for the fund this year, having earlier received both the Kasi Star Brand Award and the ICON Brands Survey award – both for the medical aid category. Hat trick for Bonitas Medical Fund The Ask […]
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ConCourt wants Sassa to explain alternative grants payment scheme

The Constitutional Court has asked the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) to provide reasons why an alternative payment scheme, recently suggested by its expert panel, is feasible. The alternative payments scheme was suggested two weeks ago by the expert panel set up by Sassa and Black Sash under the supervision of the court. In […]
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Department of Health takes over St Mary’s Hospital in Mariannhill

Durban – The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in KwaZulu-Natal is overjoyed that the Department of Health in the province has taken over the reins at St. Mary’s Hospital in Mariannhill. The department is expected to safeguard the future of health professionals at the hospital. This follows the auctioning of some of the […]
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Vrystaatse gesondheidsdepartement staar R1,5 miljard se regseise in gesig

Die Vrystaatse gesondheidsdepartement word deur R1,5 miljard se regseise in die gesig gestaar en het R300 miljoen se rekeninge aan krediteure wat betaal moet word. Dit blyk uit die departement se tweede kwartaalverslag wat in die Vrystaatse wetgewer se openbare rekeninge-komitee bespreek is. Butana Komphela, Vrystaatse LUR vir gesondheid, het voor die komitee gesê sy […]
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So kies jy die regte mediese plan vir jou

Hospitaalplanne, omvattende dekking, netwerkopsies . . . Besluit watter opsie vir jou die beste is. As jy lid is van ’n mediese fonds, het jy tot 15 Desember kans om jou voordeleopsie vir 2018 te verander. Oorweeg jou gesin se omstandighede: Hoeveel is julle; hoe is jul gesondheid; wat kan jy bekostig? Besluit dan watter […]
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MediFin announces its Top Loyalty Doctors for 2017

MediFin Financial Services, a pioneer in the medical finance industry, has awarded their Most Loyal Partners. The awards recognise business partners that display great customer service, strategic alliance, and top affiliate behaviour. “We believe in building strong relationships and have always tried to find ways in which we could recognise and honour our referral partners. […]
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Private healthcare environment compromised by unregulated fees

According to Patrick Masobe, chief executive officer of Agility Health, healthcare specialists are able to invoice patients and medical schemes in an unregulated fee-for-service environment – in which every service performed has a code and a price tag – with secondary healthcare expenditure eating away at the medical scheme benefits of South Africans. “Among the […]
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Council 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 […]
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‘Bogus’ online doctor to be probed

The Government Employee Medical Scheme has launched an investigation into claims it allowed staff at public relations firm Martina Nicholson Associates to give medical advice on its online column titled Dr Joe. Dr Joe was an online service for members of the GEMS medical aid scheme who wanted to discuss health concerns with a doctor. […]
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Sassa and Sapo agreement date pushed back yet again

The striking of the elusive deal between the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and the South African Post Office (Sapo) has been pushed back yet again. MP’s at a joint meeting in Parliament on Tuesday heard that an offer to the Post Office to build an integrated IT payment system for a new “hybrid” […]
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Medical tax credits to go?

There has been talk for some time now about the National Health Insurance (NHI) and how it will be funded. In his Budget Speech in February 2017, former finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, alluded to an adjustment to medical tax credits to partly fund the system. “The rationale behind replacing the tax deduction system with the […]
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