Shortening doctors’ internships from two years to one is being mooted to alleviate the strain in the training of doctors.
Health department spokesperson Popo Maja said: “What we know is that one of the health stakeholders did entertain the idea of internship training being reviewed. But it is too early for us to say anything about it.”
Two-year internships help medical students translate their theoretical knowledge into practice under the supervision of experienced doctors after their studies. One-year community service helps provide health care to under-served areas.
South African Medical Association (Sama) chairperson Dr Angelique Coetzee said there was currently a bottleneck, with too few internships to accommodate medical students graduating in SA and abroad, especially in Cuba.
“Where does one place that large amount of people coming in, plus these who you have already?” Coetzee said. “There is a big bottleneck at this stage, so if you can bring down Continue reading…
The state is about to create 5,000 jobs in the health sector. It follows Cyril Ramaphosa’s health indaba around the crises in the country’s health services. According to Aaron Motsoaledi, it is at present all they can afford even though more staff are needed. New beds and linen will also be purchased. Medical experts believe.. Continue reading…
Spectramed Medical Scheme and Resolution Health Medical Scheme (Resolution Health) have merged to form Health Squared Medical Scheme, as from 1 January 2019.
Independent auditors confirmed that 93% of members voted for the merger, and the schemes have extensively engaged with the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) and, with their involvement, the merger process is now subject to final approval by the CMS and Competition Commission.
Health Squared will be administered by Agility Health, which is currently the managed care provider and administrator for both Spectramed and Resolution Health.
The launch of Health Squared forms part of an overall strategy to protect the interests of members while strengthening the service offering in the context of future developments in the South African healthcare landscape.
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Deputy President David Mabuza has announced that government will prioritise the upgrading and maintenance of health infrastructure in an effort to deal with the challenge of ageing and dilapidated infrastructure in public health facilities.
Mabuza made the remark while highlighting the outcomes of the two-day Presidential Health Summit held in Boksburg.
During the summit, Mabuza said, it was agreed that in the context of fiscal constraints, provinces will be expected to prioritise their financial resource allocations in a manner that ensures that the delivery of health care is not compromised.
“More importantly, this summit pointed out that we need to develop a sustainable financing model for our health system. We will commence with this task immediately.
“National Treasury will be seized with this task to ensure that this model is finalised within a short space of time.
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Die vorige stelsel van medisyne verskaffing in Limpopo is vervang met ‘n nuwe stelsel wat nie werk nie, en nou kan hospitale en klinieke nie medisyne bestel nie aangesien die stelsel nie bestellings “per hand” toelaat nie.
Weereens word daar nie gemeld wie die verskaffer van die nuwe stelsel is nie maar dit sal sekerlik ‘n Breë Swart Bemagtigingsmaatskappy wees wat betaal is voordat die stelsel getoets is.
Intussen sit hospitale en klinieke sonder die nodige medikasie, maar in die buiteland verklaar Cyril Ramaphosa dat dit klopdisselboom in die land gaan.
Deur: Die Vryburger
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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 oor gesondheid.
Uit dié verslag blyk dit daar is net 40 316 opgeleide personeellede in diens uit die 44 558 goedgekeurde poste, wat op ’n tekort van 4 242 mense in kritiek belangrike poste dui.
Bloom sê die situasie word vererger omdat hospitale selfs met die goedgekeurde getal poste sukkel om oor die weg te kom, want daar is net al hoe meer pasiënte.
Die party doen ’n beroep op die departement om kritieke poste te vul wat dringend nodig is om die onderliggende bestuurs- en begrotingsprobleme op te los.
Hy is veral bekommerd oor die hoë omset van aptekers (54%), dokters (46%) en spesialiste (18%).
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 years for sight-saving cataract services in the early 2000s.
But the government-funded healthcare scheme didn’t have enough beds. It did, however, have plenty of parking.
“All we needed was a parking lot and a connection to three-phase electricity,” remembers South Africa’s Netcare CEO Richard Friedland.
Netcare entered the UK market fifteen years ago. It operates more than 50 private hospitals in the country, but 43% of its patients come from the NHS through the service’s electronic “choose and book” appointment system: Patients elect where to go for care, and the NHS pays private providers like Netcare a nationally-set rate Continue reading…
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 the overarching message in a high-level panel discussion of chief executives from the private healthcare sector at the Hospital Association of South Africa (Hasa) conference currently underway at the Cape Town International Centre.
White paper is not enough
“NHI, in principle is the right thing to do, but implementation is the key,” said Vishal Brijlal, National Department of Health (DoH) advisor on NHI. “We have a white paper, but that is not enough. The policy needs to be followed by planning, implementation, and cooperation.
“We can’t just wake up on 1 April 2026 and hope by some miracle that NHI will be Continue reading…
’n Nuwe siekte het in 2017 kop uitgesteek onder die topvyf chroniese siektes waaraan mediese fondse wat Mediscor se dienste gebruik, die meeste geld bestee.
Die gebruik van generiese medisyne pleks van die oorspronklike is nou 59,9%.
Bipolêre gemoedsversteuring het asma onder die topvyf vervang.
Volgens Mediscor, die bestuurder van farmaseutiese voordele, se jaarlikse verslag het mediese fondse verlede jaar 64% van die totale besteding aan chroniese siektes wat onder voorgeskrewe minimum voordele val, aan die topvyf bestee.
Die topvyf (met die persentasie van die totale besteding aan chroniese siektes in hakies):
The government’s plan to ditch medical aid tax credits will have a disastrous effect on already cash-strapped South Africans and force nearly 2 million people onto the over-stretched state health system.
If the tax credit is removed, 22% of medical aid users will not be able to afford cover, Stellenbosch economics consultancy Econex warned in a report published on Friday – 1.9 million of the 8 million medical aid members, including children, will have to drop out of the private healthcare system.
In a national health insurance policy document released in July, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said he wanted to remove the tax credit to users, which amounts to R20-billion a year.
Medical aid schemes’ members get a tax reduction of R3,636 a year – or R303 a month. Motsoaledi said then that “the tax credit … we believe, is unfair”.
Economist Paula Armstrong, author of the Econex analysis, said the rebate was intended to “alleviate some pressure on the state [ Continue reading…
A man with tardive dystonia became the first adult to undergo deep brain stimulation (DBS) at a Western Cape state hospital. His condition drastically improved following the procedure at Tygerberg.
Until now it had only been performed on a few children at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.
The dystonia was a side effect of an anti-psychopathic medication prescribed to the patient for bipolar disorder. However, the dystonia persisted after the medication was discontinued. By the time the DBS operation was performed, the patient had already been confined to bed for six months.
The operation was performed by Dr Armin Gretschel, a neurosurgeon with Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS). The equipment was provided by Medtronic.
According to Gretschel, two very thin electrodes were implanted in the globus pallidus on both sides of the brain to block the electrical impulses causing the movement disorder. Healthy brain tissue is n Continue reading…
The first robot-assisted surgeries to treat prostate cancer in the Eastern Cape were performed by Netcare Greenacres urologists Dr Hannes Brummer and Dr Johan Coetzee this week following the installation of the Da Vinci Si robotic surgical system at the hospital.
Similar robotic systems have been installed at Netcare hospitals in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.
Coetzee and Brummer have been training in South Africa and Europe to perform robot-assisted surgery.
Netcare hospital division managing director Jacques du Plessis said that after robotic surgery systems had been introduced in other provinces there had been an increased number of referrals from other provinces.
“We have now brought the technology and capacity for robotic-assisted procedures to the Eastern Cape.
“We identified a need for the intricate and highly complex interventions the Da Vinci Si system enables trained surgeons to achieve,” he said.