A DECADE LATER AND OVER BUDGET BUT KIMBERLEY MENTAL HOSPITAL IS FINISHED

Its a decade behind schedule and cost more than six times more that originally planned, but Kimberley Mental Hospital will finally be completed next month, Northen Cape officials assured MPs on Thuesday. Construction on the 286-bed hospital began in 2006. It was originally supposed to be handed over to the Northern Cape health department in 2008‚ […]
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Is dental healthcare as affordable and accessible as it should be?

Oral health is essential to optimal overall health and minimising the probability of developing serious oral health conditions or infections in future. Yet, besides the fear factor, why are so many people reluctant to visit the dentist? “The underlying factors here include resources, socio-economic circumstances, accessibility and education.” “One of the biggest culprits for keeping […]
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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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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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Durban government hospitals are a shambles

Four Durban public hospitals -Prince Mshiyeni Memorial, Mahatma Gandhi, Addington and King Edward VIII – are ailing, with some critical management positions occupied by people with no relevant qualifications. This was revealed in a damning report by a Ministerial Task Team which was set up by Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi to investigate these facilities […]
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KPMG-skandaal raak ondersoek na duur medies

Private hospitaalgroepe maak beswaar daarteen dat KPMG die Mededingingskommissie met sy navorsing gehelp het. ’n Kompromis is nou bereik wat die hospitale toegang tot die navorsing gee. Die KPMG-skandaal pootjie nou ook die markondersoek na die private gesondheidsorg. Die voorlopige bevindinge van die ondersoek moes die afgelope week bekend gemaak word nadat dit verskeie kere […]
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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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What’s driving up our healthcare costs?

Discovery Health CEO explains why South Africans are paying higher medical aid premiums than ever before. Access to quality healthcare at an affordable price is a critical priority for every family, and in society at large. South Africans lucky enough to afford private healthcare have rapid and convenient access to some of the best quality […]
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Medical aid waiting periods and late-joiner penalties: What. How. Why?

The world of medical schemes in South Africa is a very different one to 25 years ago. There are strict rules and regulations governing the industry, there to protect both the members and the financial sustainability of the scheme. Now is the time of year when medical schemes announce their annual increases and benefit changes. […]
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Staatshospitale in SA bloei weens tekort aan medici

Daar is meer as 4 000 vakatures by Gautengse staatshospitale in kritiek belangrike poste soos dié van spesialiste, aptekers, dokters en verpleegkundiges. Dié situasie het aan die lig gekom in die jaarverslag van die Gautengse departement van gesondheid wat onlangs in die provinsiale raad ter tafel gelê is, sê Jack Bloom, die DA se woordvoerder […]
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Mediese selfbetalings styg met skokkende 13,4%

Die brood het gekrimp, maar ons betaal nou meer daarvoor. Só het ’n ekonoom die verhoging van meer as 13% in selfbetalings deur mediesefondslede die afgelope jaar beskryf. Verbruikers wat elke jaar swaar trek aan die premies vir hul mediese fondse het boonop nog verlede jaar R29,7 miljard uit hul eie sak opgedok. Dit is […]
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How your medical bills may change under the National Health Insurance

Many private hospitals will be opening their doors to more patients but does that mean you’ll be stuck at the back of the queue? The United Kingdom’s universal healthcare system, known as the National Health Service (NHS), had a problem: By the early 2000s, a growing number of elderly patients were waiting up to three […]
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#HASA2017: NHI needs to start delivering now

South Africa can’t wait for the final National Health Insurance (NHI) system in 2026 to start delivering on universal health coverage, but needs to start implementing projects and programmes that will make a real difference in people’s lives now. And this can’t be done without cooperation between the public and private health sectors. This was […]
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Nurses shut down hospital in Limpopo – no health care because of politics!

Nursing staff at Lebowakgomo Hospital have been protesting outside the premises since Monday, demanding that the recently appointed acting Nurse Manager step down as she allegedly does not have adequate qualifications or experience for the position. The employee in question apparently lacks both the experience and academic credentials required by the position yet was appointed […]
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Anger as KZN hospital sends child home with gaping wound

A child is back in a KwaZulu-Natal hospital after being discharged with a gaping bleeding wound‚ forcing his aunt to turn to Twitter to demand help. But the health department disputes the version of events. The 8-year-old boy was discharged from Madadeni hospital in Newcastle on Monday with an open wound‚ following an appendix operation. […]
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