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  • 08/11/2019
  • HEALTH RESEARCH COULD HELP NHI: TSIU
  • WEEKLY (FREE SATATE) - PAGE 5 The Free State MEC for Health Montseng Tsiu has encouraged local scientists and medical practitioners to continuously conduct researches in the field in order to ensure the country is able to provide quality...
  • 08/11/2019
  • KOMS VAN NGV IS DALK GOEIE NUUS VIR DIS-CHEM
  • VOLKSBLAD - PAGE 10 DIE BURGER BEELD Dis-Chem is glad nie bang vir die koms van Nasionale Gesondheidsverseerkering (NGV) nie. Inteendeel, die apteekgroep staan en vryfsy hande omdat hy glo sy network van klinieke gaan voordeel trk uit die NGV...
  • 08/11/2019
  • PRIVATE HOSPITALS PLAN FOR PUBLIC SERVANTS
  • BUSINESS DAY - PAGE 3 SA’s biggest medical scheme for public servants plans to extend private-hospital cover to all members from January as it seeks to standardise core benefits in line with National Health Insurance policy. The government...
  • 06/11/2019
  • ‘FORGOTTEN PEOPLE’ OF NC HIGHLIGHT THEIR PLIGHT
  • DIAMONDS FIELDS ADVERTISER - PAGE 4 The lack of basic health care, especially in far-flung of the Northern Cape, Came under the spotlight when the portfolio committee on health concluded its public hearings on the National Health Insurance (NHI)...
  • 05/11/2019
  • NHI’S NEW ADMINISTRATOR HAILS FROM DURBAN
  • POST - PAGE 2 The future of the country’s health system and the National Health Insurance (NHI) now rests in the hands of a doctor who grew in Mobeni Heights. Last week, Precious Malebone Matsoso stepped down as Director-General in the...
  • 05/11/2019
  • R6 BILLION NEEDED TO FIX AILING HOSPITALS
  • THE STAR - PAGE 7 THE MERCURY PRETORIA NEWS CAPPE ARGUS The Gauteng Health Department will need R6 billion to fix 32 public hospitals, including Steve Biko and Chris Hani Baragwanath hospitals, to enable them to meet the safety compliance...
  • 04/11/2019
  • TWO TIERED HEALTH SECTOR NOT HEALTHY
  • THE STAR - PAGE 6 AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY The latest Health market inquiry report that showed lack of competition in the private health care sector should serve as a wake-up call for our policy makers. The report was a reminder that our two-tiered...
  • 01/11/2019
  • NHI TO COST AN EXTRA R33BN
  • MAIL AND GUARDIAN - PAGE 20 The treasury estimates that rolling out the national health insurance (NHI) system will cost an additional R33-billion over the next seven years. The health insurance’s cost were projected to increase public health...
  • 01/11/2019
  • WHAT’S THE PROGNOSIS FOR SA’S PRIVATE HEALTHCARE?
  • FINWEEK The State’s onslaught on private healthcare in South Africa – A double taxation of sorts paid voluntarily by those who can afford it – has left market participations in jitters. An inquiry by the country’s competition authority and a...
  • 31/10/2019
  • CONTROVERSIAL NHI WILL DEPEND ON TECH FOR SUCCESS
  • ITWEB Technologies such as mHealth, remote monitoring tools and portal technology will play an important role in the success of the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI). This was the word from Dr Raymond Campbell, founder of e-health...
  • 31/10/2019
  • NHI DRIVING HEALTH-CARE WORKERS ABROAD-STUDY
  • BUSINESS DAY - PAGE 4 One in Five Health-care professionals say National Health Insurance (NHI) is among the factors that prompted them to take steps towards emigrating, according to a survey released on Wednesday by trade union Solidarity. A...
  • 31/10/2019
  • NHI VISION NO LONGER AFFORDABLE
  • THE STAR - PAGE 4 DAILY NEWS Finance Minister Tito Mboweni yesterday steered clear of the National Health Insurance (NHI). This was despite the National Treasury’s budget document stating that up to R33 billion needed to be pumped towards...
  • 31/10/2019
  • ‘ONBEKOSTIGEBARE NGV MOET AFGESKAAL WORD’
  • DIE BURGER - PAGE 2 BEELD Die aanvanklik plan vir die Nasionale Gesondheidsverseringsplan (NGV) waaroor die regering agt jaar gelede al begin droom het, is onbekostigbaar vir die land en gaan aafgeskaal word om die ekstra geld wat nodig is oor...
  • 31/10/2019
  • DYSTOPIAN STORM LIES AHEAD FOR SA
  • STAR PAGE 14 Despite every indication that the proposed implementation of the national health insurance (NHI) scheme is a no-brainer, (The Star, August 12), the decision to proceed wih it can be understood only in terms of Saul Alinsky’s...
  • 31/10/2019
  • FUNDING ESTIMATES EXCEED FISCAL REALITY
  • BUSINESS DAY - PAGE 14 The government’s original estimates for implementing National Health Insurance (NHI) are unaffordable in the current fiscal environment, and even a limited package of reforms will require an extra R33bn on top of the of the...
  • 30/10/2019
  • ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
  • DIAMONDS FIELDS ADVERTISER - PAGE 9 The Northern Cape Department of Health has indicated that greater strides still need to be made in the provincial health industry in order to provide adequate health care to residents of the province. This...
  • 30/10/2019
  • KZN HEALTH ACTS AGAINTS MOONLIGHTING DOCTORS
  • THE MERCURY The Department of Health is clamping down on moonlighting doctors and wants to recover close to a billion rand of overtime with the hours not being worked. The department said it wanted to recover about R984 million accrued...
  • 30/10/2019
  • GUILD DEMANDS ACCELERATION OF NURSES’ TRAINING
  • NEWS HORN MBOBELA & SWAZILAND The Solidarity Occupational Guild for Nursing Practitioners last week reiterates its concerns over the delays in the accreditation of private nurses’ training institutions. This comes after a joint statement was...
  • 27/10/2019
  • HEALTHCARE AS A PUBLIC GOOD
  • CITY PRESS - PAGE 5 Every parent in this country has had their fair share of tending to a sick child. But the worst nightmare is when a parent realises that a very sick child is not responding to basic treatment. The comfort of knowing your...
  • 27/10/2019
  • HOEVEEL LAKENS KAN JY KOOP VIR R150m.?
  • RAPPORT - PAGE 3 Die regering beplan om die enigste aankoper van allemediese dienste en produkte in die land te word, maar kon die afgelope jaar nie ‘n enkele laken met R150 miljoen koop nie. ‘n Afvaardinging van die ddepartement vsm...
  • 24/10/2019
  • BID TO HAVE LAND BILL READY BY DEADLINE
  • PRETORIA NEWS - PAGE 11 CAPE TIMES The parliamentary committee tasked with amending the section 25 of the Constitution – which permits the expropriation of land – wants a bill ready for reporting to the National Assembly before the March 31...
  • 24/10/2019
  • NGV ‘GROOTSTE REVOLUSIE IN SA IN VOLGENDE EEU’
  • VOLKSBLAD - PAGE 2 DIE BURGER BEELD Daar sal vir volgende 100 jaar geen ander revolusie so groot soos die Nasionale Gesondheidsversekering (NGV) IN Suid-Africa se gesondheidsektor wees nie. Dr. Sibongeseni dhlomo, voorsitter van die...
  • 24/10/2019
  • MORE THAN 100,000 SUBMISSIONS ON NHI
  • THE HERALD Parliament has received more than 100,000 written submissions on the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, with a few weeks to go before the November 29 deadline. The bill seeks to provide equal primary health care to all...
  • 23/10/2019
  • HEALTH DEPARTMENT, CSIR TO DEVELOP DIGITAL PLATFORMS TO RUN NHI
  • SABC NEWS The Health Department is working with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to develop digital platforms to run National Health Insurance. This has been revealed by Doctor Nicolas Crisp who is part of the National...
  • 22/10/2019
  • NHI HEARINGS TO KICK OFF
  • DIAMOND FIELDS ADVERTISER The portfolio committee on health will hold public hearings in the Northern Cape next week on the National Health insurance (NHI) Bill. In a statement issued by the chairperson of the portfolio committee on health,...
  • 21/10/2019
  • AFRICAN HEALTH INNOVATION IN SPOTLIGHT
  • CAPE ARGUS The international Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) in association with Mediclinic International and the Pinelands-based Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (Cohasa), held day one of their...
  • 20/10/2019
  • THE SUCCESS OF NHI DEPENDS ON PLANNING
  • CITY PRESS - PAGE 2 The objectives of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill have considerable merit. But if the NHI is to deliver on its mandate, infrastructure at private and public hospitals must be improved and developed. Although the...
  • 20/10/2019
  • '15% OF ALL MEDICAL SCHEME CLAIMS ARE SUSPECT'
  • SATURDAY STAR - PAGE 8 SATURDAY WEEKEND ARGUS INDEPENDENT ON SATURDAY PRETORIA NEWS Reining in fraud, waste and abuse topped the agenda at the release of the annual report of the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), which was presented to...
  • 20/10/2019
  • DIE RMS VERSUIP IN KLAGTES
  • RAPPORT (SAKE) - PAGE 4 As jy oor jou siekfons by die Rand op Mediese Skemas (RMS) will kla, is dit lewensgevaarlik om jou asem op te hou – die helfte van die klagtes neem nou meer as vier maande om opgelos te word. Dit terwl hulle eintlike...
  • 19/10/2019
  • CLIMATE CHANGE TO HIT HEALTHCARE
  • Saturday Star - Page 10 Sunday Star South Africa’s primary healthcare system needs to be “robust, resilient, of high quality and accessible” if the country is going to brave the storm of climate change and the threats posed to human life from...
  • 18/10/2019
  • NHI SCHEME WILL BLEED STATE DRY
  • THE STAR - PAGE 8 THE MERCURY The ANC is run like a family business. As such, decisions are made for its own benefit. The proposed NHI scheme is one such grandiose project that will bleed a strained fiscus and cause ruptures that will make...
  • 18/10/2019
  • OPENBARE VERHORE OOR NGV BEGIN HIER
  • DIE BURGER (SAKE) - PAGE 16 BEELD VOLKSBLAD Die eerste openbare verhore oor die Wetsontwerp op Nasionale Gesondheidsversekering (NGV) begin volgende week. Die parlement se portefeuljekomitee oor gesonheid het in ‘n verklaring gesê die...
  • 18/10/2019
  • ‘APTEKERS GEDWING MET BRIEF OM NGV TE STEUN’
  • DIE BURGER - PAGE 17 BEELD VOLKBLAD ‘n Bohaai het losgebaars oor ‘n skynbaar verskuilde dreigment van die Suid-Afrikaanse Aptekersraad aan apteke in verband met die Nasionale Gesondheidsverserkering (NGV). Sakeliga sowel as die...
  • 18/10/2019
  • GOVERNMENT TACKLES NURSING-TRAINING SNAG
  • BUSINESS DAY - PAGE 4 CAPE ARGUS The government has temporarily waived one of many bureaucratic hurdles facing public nursing colleges, which need approval from several agencies before they can begin training nurses for new qualifications that...
  • 15/10/2019
  • NEHAWU PLANS TO PICKET AGAINST RISING PRIVATE HEALTHCARE COSTS
  • THE STAR - PAGE 15 CAPE TIMES THE MERCURY PRETORIA NEWS The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union said yesterday that it would picket against high and rising costs in the private health industry on Friday as part of its...
  • 15/10/2019
  • UNION TO PICKET OVER RISING HEALTH COSTS
  • THE STAR - Page 8 CAPE ARGUS DAILY NEWS The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union has indicated it will picket against high and rising costs in the private health industry on Friday – as part of its campaign in support of the...
  • 14/10/2019
  • NHI HOSPITAL ACCREDITATION
  • MBAC No hospitals and only 40 out of 372 provincial clinics in Gauteng have so far been assessed for the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI). This was revealed by Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku in reply to questions by the DA’s shadow...
  • 11/10/2019
  • REPORT ON HEALTH MARKET WELCOMED
  • DAILY NEWS Health Funders Association HFA, the representative organisation of most medical schemes and medical scheme administrators in South Africa, welcomes the comprehensive report of the Competition Commission's Health Market Inquiry HMI...
  • 11/10/2019
  • ADRESS NHI DOUBTS BEFORE DOCTORS LEAVE SA
  • DAILY DISPATCH - PAGE 17 Address NHI doubts before doctors leave SA While many doctors are in support of the National Health Insurance NHI scheme and its aim to make world class health care available to all citizens, some say they are unsure of...
  • 11/10/2019
  • MEDIESE EISE WAT STYG
  • VROUEKEUR - PAGE 12 Tydens 'n operasie is 'n sker in iemand se ingewande agtergelaat. In 'n ander geval is die verkeerde ledemaat geamputeer. Dan is daar die pasgebore baba wat op sy kop laat val is… Dis menslik om foute te maak, maar...
  • 10/10/2019
  • NHI CHALLENGES OUR HUMANITY
  • THE STAR DAILY NEWS CAPE ARGUS Never before have South Africans been so engaged and mobilised on a matter as they are today whenever there are discussions around National Health Insurance. Sadly, the socio economic split is clear, making the...
  • 09/10/2019
  • HEALTH REPORT A GIFT FOR MKHIZE
  • BUSINESS DAY - PAGE 6 The Competition Commission's health market inquiry, which published its final report last week, has set out in meticulous detail what most readers of this paper instinctively know. Patients are flummoxed by the complexity of...
  • 09/10/2019
  • NHI IMPLEMENTATION 2026 DEADLINE IS TOO TIGHT, FFC WARNS
  • BUSINESS DAY The Finance and Fiscal Commission says the timeline is too short to complete all the necessary steps to establish the National Health Fund The government’s proposed deadline for establishing the National Health Insurance (NHI)...
  • 08/10/2019
  • UNION SLAMS DOMINANCE OF PRIVATE HEALTH FIRMS
  • THE MERCURY PRETORIA NEWS CAPE TIMES The National Health and Allied Workers Union Nehawu has slammed the Competition Commission over the recommendations of its Health Market Inquiry, saying it had let culprits off the hook. This comes...
  • 08/10/2019
  • PROPOSALS TOOTHLESS AND WEEK
  • CAPE ARGUS DAILY NEWS The National Health and Allied Workers' Union Nehawu has described the recommendations of the Competition Commission's Health Market Inquiry as weak and toothless. This comes after the commission released the report of...
  • 08/10/2019
  • BRACE FOR 10% INCREASE IN THE MEDICAL AID CONTRIBUTIONS
  • THE HERALD Medical scheme members and their employers should brace for a 10% increase in their contributions in 2020, outpacing the annual general inflation rate by 4.6%, according to Aon SA, which advises employers on employer provided medical...
  • 07/10/2019
  • DIAGNOSE GOED, MAAR DIT BIED NIE OPLOSSING
  • DIE BURGER BEELD VOLKSBLAD Die paneel wat die markonder soek na mediese koste in die private gesondheidsorgbedryf gedoen het, het sy "plig versuim" deur nie aan te beveel dominante hospitaalgroepe moet verdeel word nie, meen 'n kenner....
  • 06/10/2019
  • HOW TO EASE HEADACHES CAUSED BY MEDICAL AIDS
  • SUNDAY TIMES BUSINESS LIVE Panel recommends ways to simplify and improve policies It should be much easier to choose a suitable medical scheme from among the many on the market and to know it provides for a high standard of health-care...
  • 02/10/2019
  • SAIRR SAYS SOME SOUTH AFRICANS ARE AGAINST NHI
  • CHANNEL AFRICA The Institute for Race Relations has submitted a petition to Parliament signed by about 40 000 South Africans who are opposed to the government’s National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill. The Bill is currently before...
  • 01/10/2019
  • PRIVATE HOSPITALS MUST AGREE 'OR NEW SCHEME WILL NOT WORK'
  • THE CITIZEN After five years of investigations, the Competition Commission yesterday argued for much needed reform in the private health care sector, if the planned National Health Insurance were to succeed. At the release of their final...
  • 18/09/2019
  • PRESIDENT OPENS 'WORLD CLASS' NHI CLINIC
  • DAILY DISPATCH "I have seen the future," said an impressed President Cyril Ramaphosa when he visited a new R58m National Health Insurance NHI clinic built in the heart of Lusikisiki. He called the Lusikisiki village clinic "world class" and...
  • 18/09/2019
  • PRESIDENCY PREACHES BENEFITS OF NHI AT SEMINAR
  • THE MERCURY / CAPE TIMES Several countries attempted to implement the National Health Insurance (NHI) but were delayed because private health practitioners were opposed to it. This is according to the technical health specialist in the...
  • 16/09/2019
  • WILL NHI WORSEN SA’S MEDICO-LEGAL NIGHTMARE?
  • FA NEWS How a medical malpractice public/private partnership can reduce State’s medico-legal exposure and improve health care outcomes. With the draft NHI bill silent on an estimated R98 billion in state medico-legal claims, public sector...
  • 16/09/2019
  • DISCOVERY HEALTH’S 2020 MEDICAL AID INCREASES
  • MONEYWEB Members can expect to pay up to 11% more …. Total monthly contributions for plans in the Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS) will increase by between 8.88% and 10.96% for main members from January. The increases are mostly...
  • 14/09/2019
  • GLOBAL PLAN TO HIGHLIGHT THE SAFETY OF PATIENTS
  • SATURDAY WEEKEND ARGUS World Patient Safety Day will be celebrated across the world for the first time on Tuesday. It aims to raise awareness and high light the importance of patient safety. The Council for Health Service Accreditation of...
  • 08/09/2019
  • HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE NHI BILL
  • SA NEWS The Portfolio Committee on Health has called on interested individuals and relevant stakeholders to submit written comments as well as indicate interest in making an oral submission on the National Health Insurance Bill [B11 –...
  • 06/09/2019
  • NHI WILL BE HEALTHY FOR SA’S ECONOMY
  • BUSINESS DAY When Nelson Mandela walked free from prison and defeated the evils of apartheid, he knew he had to restore SA to health. The years of oppression, division and ostracism had wounded the nation’s moral, political, economic and physical...
  • 04/09/2019
  • NHI BILL IS VULNERABLE TO CORRUPTION, SAY DA AND EFF
  • CAPE ARGUS The EFF and DA have warned the government that the National Health Insurance system may be crippled by corrupt politicians and public servants who may want to steal from it. This comes as the government is expected to pump billions...
  • 04/09/2019
  • NGV ‘KAN NUWE GELEENTHEDE SKEP’
  • SAKE Nasionale Gesondheidsversekering (NGV) gaan nie ‘n “wesenlike langtermyn-impak” op Discovery Health hê nie. Inteendeel, dit kan nuwe geleenthede vir groei en innoverende produkte skep. Só sê die Discovery-groep in ‘n handelsverklaring wat...
  • 04/09/2019
  • FEAR OVER PLUNDER OF NHI BILLIONS
  • DAILY NEWS The EFF and DA have warned that the National Health Insurance (NHI) system could be crippled by corrupt politicians and public servants who may want to steal from it. This comes as the government is expected to pump billions of rand...
  • 04/09/2019
  • SA FARES REASONABLY WELL IN GLOBAL NHI PERSPECTIVE
  • BIZCOMMUNITY South Africans are often too introspective, forgetting to examine how the rest of the world has implemented widely-differing models of universal health cover, says healthcare actuary, Barry Childs. Contrary to popular local...
  • 04/09/2019
  • NHI A MUST FOR SOUTH AFRICA, THE ELDERS TELL RAMAPHOSA
  • CAPE TIMES Former heads of state among The Elders have thrown their weight behind National Health Insurance (NHI) saying South Africa cannot afford not to have universal health coverage. Former minister of Norway, Gro Harlem Brundtland, and...
  • 04/09/2019
  • ‘CORRUPTION CAN’T STOP THE NHI’
  • THE STAR / THE MERCURY Two former world leaders have backed the National Health Insurance (NHI), saying South Africa cannot afford not to have universal health coverage. This comes as opposition parties warned the government that corruption...
  • 04/09/2019
  • ELDERS BACK UNIVERSAL COVERAGE PLAN
  • BUSINESS DAY Former Norwegian prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland has urged SA’s MPs not to let concerns about corruption or the weak economy of National Health Insurance (NHI). Parliament is considering the NHI Bill, which sets out the...
  • 03/09/2019
  • NHI TO PUSH SHRINKING TAX BASE INTO ICU
  • DAILY NEWS The government recently released the National Health Insurance (Bill), the aim of which is to extend universal healthcare to all South Africans. But the bill has sparked controversy. The impact on private health care, quality of...
  • 03/09/2019
  • NHI IS CRITICAL FOR SA – ELDERS
  • CITIZEN R73bn needed in infrastructure build to run the system – minister of health Members of the group of global leaders known as the Elders, who are in the country in support of the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, say it is long...
  • 02/09/2019
  • NHI TO OFFER BETTER HEALTHCARE TO ALL
  • SOWETAN National Health Insurance (NHI): A case of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) The health sector has suffered disinvestments as a result of shifting global priorities, partly informed by the stability of health interventions that have...
  • 02/09/2019
  • DA URGES CITIZENS TO VOICE THEIR OPINION ON INSTITUTION OF NHI
  • MERCURY The DA has urged all South Africans to make their voices heard on the proposed National Health Insurance (NH) Bill, saying “we cannot allow the ANC government to plunge the health system into the same destructive path that all public...
  • 02/09/2019
  • FITCH PROJECTS NHI EXPENDITURE AT $30BN
  • CHANNEL AFRICA Fitch Solutions, a unit of the Fitch Group, said on Friday that it projects the government’s healthcare expenditure will reach nearly R450 billion ($30 billion) by 2028 following its decision to implement the National Health...
  • 02/09/2019
  • LEIERS NA SA OOR NGV
  • BEELD / DIE BURGER ‘n Groep internasionale ringkoppe sal vandeesweek met pres. Cyril Ramaphosa vergader oor die instelling van Nasionale Gesonheidsversekering (NGV). Die groep sluit wêreldleiers in soos die menseregteaktivis Graca Machel....
  • 02/09/2019
  • NURSING CRISIS TSUNAMI ABOUT TO HIT
  • BIZCOMMUNITY Changes in qualifications, ageing practitioners and National Health Insurance (NHI) on the horizon could mean we are looking at a healthcare future with increased services and improved technology, but no nurses. Dr Sharon...
  • 01/09/2019
  • NHI: WE NEED TO LEARN FROM LESSONS OF OUR PAST
  • SUNDAY TRIBUNE Much of the discussion of the National Health Insurance Bill has been relatively dry and focusing on the policy. What is often forgotten is that this is about the real, lived experience of individual people, poor and rich. And it...
  • 01/09/2019
  • NHI ‘WILL NOT ADD TO SA’S DEBT’
  • SUNDAY WEEKEND ARGUS The government would roll out the National Health Insurance (NHI) plan at an affordable pace and ensure it didn’t add to the country’s debt or place its finances at risk, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said. “We are going to...
  • 01/09/2019
  • NHI DREAM – WHEN POLEMIC TRIUMPHS OVER POLICY
  • CITY PRESS With objectionable provenance and citizen-unfriendly application, the NHI leaves SA in a worse condition than the wilfully decayed public health service. In his luminous tome The Leopard, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa describes the...
  • 01/09/2019
  • NHI: ONE STEP CLOSER TO UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE
  • GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS: VUK’UZENZELE The much anticipated National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill was officially released by Parliament, paving the way for public participation and engagement. The release of the Bill brings South Africa one step...
  • 01/09/2019
  • RAMAPHOSA TO BRIEF WORLD LEADERS ON NHI
  • ASSET NEWS HUB President Cyril Ramaphosa will brief world leaders and human rights champions including Graca Machel and former Prime Minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland on South Africa's introduction of National Health Insurance, a statement...
  • 08/08/2019
  • HEALTH MINISTER EXPLAINS NHI BILL
  • The National Health Insurance Bill is one step closer to implementation. If government gets its way, the Bill could be law by July next year. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize is set to hold a media briefing on Thursday morning to take South...
  • 06/08/2019
  • THE NHI CANNOT SUCCEED
  • Yet another positive article about the future of the NHI appears in your newspaper, this time by Ms Phumla Williams and, yet again, the writer is out of touch with reality. Let writers stop living in Disneyland and come down to earth and face...
  • 28/07/2019
  • NHI PLANS AT ADVANCED STAGE
  • President Cyril Ramaphosa says the strategy to revise the National Health Insurance (NHI) detailed plan of implementation is at an advanced stage. He said the plan includes accelerating quality of care initiatives in public facilities, building...
  • 28/07/2019
  • THINKING HEALTHCARE IN THE TIME OF THE NHI
  • More than 25 years into the democratic dispensation, South Africa is still failing to provide a comprehensive healthcare package to all its people. In the Eastern Cape, the implementation of access to quality healthcare is inhibited by; inter alia,...
  • 27/07/2019
  • NEW MINISTER PROMISES NHI DELIVERY
  • National Health Insurance (NHI) will happen, and the legislation governing its implementation and funding will go to Parliament soon, said the newly appointed health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize. “Equally importantly, making progress towards universal...
  • 26/07/2019
  • PRESIDENT TO DEFEND SONA
  • President Cyril Ramaphosa is today expected to reply to the debate on the State of the Nation Address Sona, after he came under fire from opposition parties. The DA, EFF, IFP, ACDP and UDM blasted Ramaphosa for lack of substance in his address last...
  • 25/07/2019
  • HOPE FOR STATE OF NATION
  • Last week’s State of the Nation gave me a lot of hope. I know these were just words from President Cyril Ramaphosa, but like I said before, I believe his heart is in the right place and that he genuinely wants to build a better country. I suspect...
  • 16/07/2019
  • EXHAUSTED MEDICAL FUNDS LEAVE PATIENTS FEELING SICK
  • Two weeks ago, I wrote about how medical schemes are simply rogue and that the Council of Medical Schemes, which is a statutory body meant to regulate medical schemes, is a toothless watchdog. My point was that it is concerning that medical schemes...
  • 16/07/2019
  • DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ON NHI
  • The Department of Health agrees completely that the National Health Insurance scheme will only work if the healthcare system is working properly. The Deputy Director General says the NHI will work as they will be using the change in the financing...
  • 15/07/2019
  • HOW MUCH WILL THE NHI COST SA?
  • The government is sticking to its plans to implement National Health Insurance, with questions still being asked on the funding and costing of the programme. The pilot projects were introduced in 2012, but the opposition parties have said these...
  • 12/07/2019
  • MKHIZE TO GIVE DETAILS OF NHI BILL AFTER CABINET NOD
  • Health minister Zweli Mkhize will on Friday unpack the details of the approved National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, which is aimed at providing universal health coverage for South Africans Jackson Mthembu, minister in the presidency for planning,...
  • 12/07/2019
  • HEALTH TO TACKLE STAFF SHORTAGES
  • Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says the department will deal with staff shortages for frontline services in the year ahead. The Minister led a debate on the department’s budget vote on Friday morning. “The shortage of frontline service delivery...
  • 11/07/2019
  • NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE A STEP CLOSER AS CABINET APPROVES BILL
  • National health insurance (NHI) is one step closer to becoming a reality after Cabinet approved the NHI Bill of 2018, ready to be tabled and debated in Parliament, Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu announced. "In 2018, Cabinet approved...
  • 09/07/2019
  • OPPOSITION PARTIES WALK OUT ON ZIKALALA'S SOPA
  • The maiden State of the Province Address SOPA by KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala was overshadowed by opposition parties walking out of the chamber in protest of non-members being allowed on the house floor. Members of the Democratic Alliance DA and the...
  • 05/07/2019
  • CONTROVERSIAL NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE BILL WILL PROCEED
  • The DA says Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed the controversial National Health Insurance Bill will proceed regardless of the fact that a report on the feasibility of the pilot project has never been made public. The matter was discussed by...
  • 05/07/2019
  • CHANGE ACROSS HEALTHCARE ECOSYSTEMS IN AFRICA
  • Over the last 100 years, healthcare systems across the African continent have started to evolve and transform slowly, in line with parallel changes experienced in the economic growth and social development of each country. A few of these countries...
  • 04/07/2019
  • PLAN FOR NATIONAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO RUN HOSPITALS
  • The decision to transfer Gauteng's four academic hospitals to the national Department of Health was in line with provisions of the National Health Insurance NHI Bill. The department says there is nothing untoward about the move announced by Premier...
  • 01/07/2019
  • SAMA CONFERENCE 2019 - TAKING HEALTHCARE IN SA FORWARD
  • The SAMA 2019 conference will be held in August, with around 30 specialists and experts examining various aspects of leadership and quality in healthcare in SA. The theme of the conference is "Leadership and quality in healthcare: Let's close the...
  • 20/06/2019
  • WHAT STRESSES DOCTORS OUT
  • Long hours and poor working conditions are negatively impacting the personal health of many South African healthcare professionals, according to the 2019 PPS Graduate Professional Index (GPI) results. Up to 73% of respondents felt that a large...
  • 20/06/2019
  • RAMAPHOSA IS OVER, PRESIDENT HAS TO DELIVER
  • Today's State of the Nation Address could be a tough one for President Cyril Ramaphosa. First, some of the opposition political parties have already stated that his honeymoon is over. This means the president can forget about having them in his...
  • 20/06/2019
  • ARE UMBRELLA MEDICAL FUNDS THE WAY FORWARD?
  • In order to reduce fragmentation, address risk rating, strengthen cross-subsidies and simplify benefit options, the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has proposed the amalgamation of smaller schemes, which fall below the legislated minimum threshold...
  • 08/06/2019
  • R1.2BN WP HEALTH CARE BOOSTER
  • The Western Cape is set to receive R1.2 billion in upgrades to health care infrastructure over the next year. Of this, R6 million is going towards the design phases of the new Klipfontein Regional Hospital, which will serve as a desperately needed...
  • 08/06/2019
  • NGV GEEN UTOPIE VIR SA GESONDHEIDSTELSEL
  • AfriForum veroordeel Dr. Zweli Mkhize, nuwe minister van gesondheid, se aankondiging dat die Nasionale Gesondheidsversekering (NGV)-plan so gou moontlik ingestel moet word. Mkhize het Vrydag tydens ’n mediakonferensie beweer dat die vraag nie is óf...
  • 06/06/2019
  • RULING PARTY UNDER PRESSURE OVER SCOPA CHAIRPERSON
  • The ANC is under pressure to offer the chairperson post of the standing committee on public accounts Scopa to the DA. Falling short of demanding that the governing party return the favour after the ANC was offered the post in the Western Cape...
  • 02/06/2019
  • EQUITABLE HEALTH SERVICES FOR ALL WOMEN
  • South Africa marks its 25th year as a fledgling democratic nation with a myriad of heralded successes along with some deep rooted challenges. The gains and losses can be evidenced throughout its socioeconomic, cultural and political tapestry. The...
  • 31/05/2019
  • DIÉ KWALE MOET NUWE MINISTER VAN GESONDHEID
  • Die eerste nuwe minister van gesondheid in ’n dekade het ’n lang lys van krankhede in beide die staat- en private gesondheidsorgsektor wat hy sal moet genees. Dr. Zweli Mkhize is in die plek van dr. Aaron Motsoaledi aangestel wat van 2009 af in die...
  • 28/05/2019
  • HERE IS HOW MANY SOUTH AFRICANS HAVE MEDICAL AID
  • StatsSA has published its latest General Household Survey (GHS), revealing the number of South Africans that are covered by a medical aid scheme. The group’s data shows that between 2002 and 2018, the percentage of individuals covered by a medical...
  • 27/05/2019
  • ELECTIONS ARE DONE- WHERE TO NOW FOR OUR ECONOMY
  • President Cyril Ramaphosa inherited a multi-faceted socio-economic crisis when he took office in 2018. Dysfunctional municipalities, incompetent leadership at key state-owned enterprises and criminal allegations against members in the executive have...
  • 26/05/2019
  • WHERE WILL THE PRESIDENT TAKE US?
  • When the global financial crisis hit in 2008, South Africa was sitting on reasonably strong macroeconomic fundamentals, including having a healthy fiscal position, as well as solid levels of business and consumer sentiment. The economy had grown by...
  • 06/05/2019
  • #VOTE4HEALTH: FUNDING THE RIGHT TO HEALTHCARE
  • SPOTLIGHT Despite the Constitutional injunction on the government to ensure that everyone has access to quality health care services, including reproductive health care, and the promise to equalize access through National Health Insurance (NHI),...
  • 02/05/2019
  • FAILING HEALTH SYSTEM IN SPOTLIGHT AHEAD OF ELECTION
  • TIMES LIVE Six psychiatric patients are tied to their beds in two tiny, dimly lit cubicles in the emergency ward of South Africa's biggest hospital, where the country's dire healthcare crisis is starkly evident. Some of the group are...
  • 10/04/2019
  • COLLABORATION NEEDED OVER COFI BILL
  • DAILY NEWS Those involved in the healthcare sector have long advocated for a single regulator, believing the current dual regulatory framework creates regulatory arbitrage not conducive to offering the consumer maximum protection. As part of...
  • 01/04/2019
  • MINISTER SLAMS SA’S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
  • CAPE TIMES NHI needs to address inequality; public institutions must be fixed Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has criticised the country's health care system, saying it was riddled with disparities that did not exist anywhere else in the...
  • 01/04/2019
  • PLAN TO TACKLE HEALTH CRISIS
  • CITIZEN Illegal immigrants: massive strain on system Health minister says proposal is in place and details revealed at later date The ANC has a plan to deal with the impact illegal immigrants have on the public health system, says Health...
  • 01/04/2019
  • SA MEDICAL SCHEMES IN GOOD HEALTH
  • BIZCOMMUNITY South Africa's largest medical schemes – both open and restricted – are in good shape and have sufficient reserves to pay members' claims, according to Alexander Forbes Health's latest edition of Diagnosis, an annual publication that...
  • 29/03/2019
  • LEAVE OUR NURSES ALONE, UNIONS SAY
  • THE STAR England’s drive to recruit international nursing staff slammed South African unions have slammed the renewed and vigorous drive by England to recruit thousands of nurses to boost manpower in their hospitals. The Democratic Nursing...
  • 27/03/2019
  • DEMOCRATISE HEALTHCARE
  • DAILY NEWS CAPE ARGUS THE STAR When Louis Washkansky was operated on by Dr Christiaan Barnard at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town in 1967 to become the beneficiary of the world's first heart transplant, he didn't have to worry about who...
  • 26/03/2019
  • WHY MEDICAL SCHEMES COST MORE THAN HEALTH INSURANCE
  • CAPE ARGUS As financial intermediaries, we at Alexander Forbes Health are often asked why medical scheme cover is so expensive compared to health insurance. There are three main reasons: 1. Underwriting and open enrolment. The legislation...
  • 24/03/2019
  • MEDIESE INFLASIE ‘IS EINTLIK 11%’
  • RAPPORT SAKE Lede gebruik duurder, meer produkte, sê Discovery Mediese koste het amptelik met net 4,3% gestyg, maar die land se grootste siekefonds-administrateur, Discovery Health, sê die werklike inflasie is meer as 11%. Statistieke...
  • 21/03/2019
  • HEALTH CARE’S ANNUAL SPEND TOPS R180BN
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Industry calls for policy changes that will allow public and private sector to work together to ease access The private health-care sector faces significant change with the long-awaited National Health Insurance Bill under...
  • 21/03/2019
  • POLICY UNCERTAINTY KEEPS COSTS HIGH
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Lack of commitment to regulatory reform and a constrained economic environment has negatively affected the sector’s growth The consumers of private hospital services are primarily medical scheme beneficiaries. It therefore...
  • 21/03/2019
  • PROBE FLAGS NEED FOR GREATER TRANSPARENCY
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Consumers are not clear on the quality of care they receive, and high costs do not always mean greater value to them The complexities of the private health-care sector, including the rising cost of health care, is under...
  • 17/03/2019
  • SMALL PHARMACIES WANT A MORATORIUM ON NEW LICENCES
  • CITY PRESS Facing the threat of being bullied out of business, independent retailers stand up to major retailers and call on the health department to change authorisation criteria The Independent Community Pharmacy Association (ICPA) is set to...
  • 17/03/2019
  • REGULATOR CAN’T FORCE GEMS TO FUND DRUG
  • SUNDAY TIMES - BUSINESS TIMES Year-long fight for medicine drags on as patient gets sicker The Council for Medical Schemes CMS regulates 80 medical aids in a R160bn industry, but don't expect a speedy, clear or consistent response when...
  • 17/03/2019
  • NURSES NURSE A GRUDGE
  • CITY PRESS Dejected and distressed – this is the position in which hundreds of community-service nurses in Limpopo find themselves as they sit at home unemployed for a second month. The nurses claim the provincial health department advised...
  • 15/03/2019
  • AFROCENTRIC QUIETLY BUILDS MEDICINE CHEST
  • BUSINESS DAY It’s not an obvious association, but Afrocentric, the listed BEE healthcare investment company that owns Medscheme, has quietly become the biggest dispenser of medicines by script volumes in the country. Through a deal with the...
  • 15/03/2019
  • MINISTER URGES SUPPORT FOR SA TRANSPLANT INNOVATION
  • MERCURY Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has paid tribute to Professor Mashudu Tshifularo and his team at the University of Pretoria (UP) for a pioneering surgical procedure which uses 3D printed middle ear bones for conductive hearing loss...
  • 14/03/2019
  • NO SET BENEFITS FOR LOW-COST PLANS YET
  • SOWETAN Take care as cover for private doctor day-to-day healthcare needs varies widely Standardised benefits for low-cost medical scheme options are unlikely to be introduced for another two years. Insurers will, in the absence of a...
  • 14/03/2019
  • GAUTENG’S PLAN TO CLEAR SURGERY BACKLOG
  • BIZCOMMUNITY In a bid to address surgical backlogs, Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa has sent a letter of request to facilitate a handover of the site where Soshanguve District Hospital will be built. Once built, the hospital is set to...
  • 12/03/2019
  • HEALTHIER CARE FOR ALL
  • DAILY SUN Government promises free universal healthcare to all Mzansi people. This means anyone who needs quality medical care gets it for free – it’s not only available to people who can afford it. But who pays the costs of universal...
  • 10/03/2019
  • DAY CLINIC MODEL FAILS TO TAKE OFF
  • SUNDAY TIMES, BUSINESS TIMES Slow uptake stifles Advanced Health's SA growth prospects When Advanced Health began building its day hospital business in SA about five years ago, it had one goal: to provide an alternative to expensive hospital...
  • 06/03/2019
  • HEALTH ‘MUST STAY FREE’
  • CITIZEN Error: Dept. ‘mistakenly’ tells provinces noncitizens ‘must pay’ Migrants do not constitute a significant burden on health resources – report The Gauteng department of health issued a circular, backed by the national department, last...
  • 03/03/2019
  • PRICEY MEDICAL AID – OR GOVT CARE?
  • SATURDAY CITIZEN South Africans love to complain about many things but seldom about their own con duct, either individually or as a nation. So, many will moan about the shockingly high cost of medical aids – or the fact that medical aids will...
  • 03/03/2019
  • HEALTH MINISTER’S DIAGNOSIS WILL KEEP OUR HEALTH SYSTEM SICK
  • SUNDAY TIMES Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi has earned a reputation as one of the straighter arrows in the executive. Despite it being widely acknowledged that the public health system is a mess, and that our hospitals are often badly managed,...
  • 03/03/2019
  • CROSSED WIRES OVER FREE CARE FOR FOREIGNERS
  • SUNDAY TIMES Gauteng directive to hospitals withdrawn by health department The national department of health has moved to distance itself from an instruction that state hospitals should turn away foreigners unless they pay in full. The...
  • 03/03/2019
  • SIEKFONDSE WIL DOKTERS EN HOSPITALE TAKEL
  • RAPPORT Die meeste van die land se sieke fondse het Vrydag 'n pakt onder teken om saam dokters, hospitale en ander diensverskaffers vas te vat oor "bedrog, vermorsing en misbruik" wat siekefondslede glo tot R30 miljard per jaar kos. Die...
  • 03/03/2019
  • HASA IS NOT OPPOSING THE NHI
  • SUNDAY INDEPENDENT The Free Market Foundation, health minister mislead the public in the “Great Debate” article It is unfortunate when stridently opposing parties use misleading language to further their particular aims at the expense of what...
  • 01/03/2019
  • NHI WAR ROOM TO IMPROVE HEALTHCARE
  • PUBLIC SECTOR MANAGER The Presidency has set up a National Health Insurance (NHI) war room to address challenges in the public healthcare system. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said this when he addressed the launch of the Presidential...
  • 27/02/2019
  • IS NHI GOING TO MAKE THE SA ECONOMY EVEN SICKER?
  • BIZCOMMUNITY Concerns raised by the Hospital Association of SA (Hasa) over contradictions in the National Health Insurance (NHI) and the Medical Schemes Amendment that could lead to potential job losses has raised the ire of the national health...
  • 25/02/2019
  • MEDICAL BODY MUM ON BONITAS PROBE
  • BUSINESS DAY The Council for Medical Schemes CMS in 2018 inexplicably terminated a two year investigation into allegations of trustee election fraud, improper contracts and conflicts of interest at Bonitas Medical Fund, SA's second largest open...
  • 24/02/2019
  • DISCOVERY PARTNER IN CHINA'S HUGE MARKET IS IN ROBUST HEALTH
  • SUNDAY TIMES Discovery's strategy to expand into China is paying off as the country's 1.4 billion people grow private health insurance into an industry worth nearly R2 trillion. Growth in SA's private health care sector is increasingly...
  • 14/02/2019
  • PRIMARY HEALTH CARE THE FOUNDATION OF NHI
  • DIAMOND FIELDS ADVERTISER In his State of the Nation Address last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa told parliament that: "This year, we will take a significant step towards universal access to quality health care for all South Africans. "After...
  • 14/02/2019
  • PLAN SLOER OM SIEK SEKTOR REG TE DOKTER
  • SAKE Die plan waarmee belangegroepe op 'n presidensiële beraad oor die krisis in die gesondheidsorg sektor vorendag moes kom, is weens hul uiteenlopende sie nings weer vertraag. Rolspelers uit alle oorde in die gesondheidsorgsektor het vir die...
  • 14/02/2019
  • DOCTORS UNHAPPY WITH MEDICAL AID'S NEW RULING
  • DAILY DISPATCH Doctors have expressed concern at a new rule introduced by Discovery medical aid in 2019 that some of its members have to use day clinics for certain procedures. Members of the Discovery saver, smart, key-care, core and priority...
  • 13/02/2019
  • SIU TO PROBE MEDICAL SCHEMES REGULATOR
  • BUSINESS DAY The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is poised to launch an investigation into possible mal administration and corruption at the Council for Medical Schemes CMS, the watchdog agency for the country's medical schemes industry. The...
  • 13/02/2019
  • NHI WILL NOT CAUSE JOB LOSSES – NEHAWU
  • POLITICS WEB Union says there will be an increased number of nurses, doctors and other health care workers. The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] have been pioneers of the National Health Insurance [NHI]. The NHI will...
  • 13/02/2019
  • PRESIDENT'S PLAN FOR FIXING HEALTH DELAYED AGAIN
  • BUSINESS DAY President Cyril Ramaphosa's ambitions of devising a plan for fixing the health system have once again been delayed, as participants from 2018's health summit say they need more time to do a proper job. Ramaphosa convened the two...
  • 13/02/2019
  • MINISTER SWYG OOR PROSES MET DIE NGV WET
  • SAKE Wag en wees geduldig, was dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, minister van gesondheid, se antwoord op 'n vraag oor hoe ver die Wetsontwerp oor Nasionale Gesondheidsversekering (NGV) van klaar is voordat dit in die parlement ter tafel gele word. Hy het...
  • 13/02/2019
  • CONFUSION OVER RAMAPHOSA’S NHI REMARKS IN HIS SONA ADDRESS
  • MEDICAL BRIEF President Cyril Ramaphosa created confusion with a remark about the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) during his State of the Nation address, health experts are quoted in The Times as saying. The report says those surveyed said...
  • 12/02/2019
  • SA’S HEALTH SYSTEM ON THE VERGE OF COLLAPSE: RAMAPHOSA
  • SABC NEWS The health minister says there is a realisation among many countries that quality health care is crucial for economic growth. President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country’s health system is at a tipping point and something should be done...
  • 12/02/2019
  • MOTSOALEDI OUTLINES NHI WAR ROOM PLAN
  • BIZCOMMUNITY President Cyril Ramaphosa indicated in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) last week that in 2019 government will take a significant step towards universal health coverage that will bring quality The National Health Insurance...
  • 12/02/2019
  • THE PRESIDENTIAL HEALTH SUMMIT REPORT
  • BHEKISISA Find out which issues have been prioritised after the Presidential Health Summit. In 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa held a three-day long Presidential Health Summit outside Johannesburg. The gathering drew more than 100...
  • 12/02/2019
  • THE NHI BILL WILL SOON BE READY FOR SUBMISSION TO PARLIAMENT
  • GO SOUTH Remarks prepared for President Cyril Ramaphosa at the launch of the report on the Presidential Health Summit (As delivered by Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi on behalf of President Ramaphosa) Deputy Minister of Health Dr Joe...
  • 10/02/2019
  • MOTSOALEDI LASHES HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION FOR `FEAR-MONGERING'
  • SUNDAY TIMES Aaron Motsoaledi, the minister of health, has hauled the Hospital Association of SA (Hasa) over the coals, saying it is using fear mongering to fight the implementation of National Health Insurance (NHI). This comes after the...
  • 09/02/2019
  • SAMA SAYS UNPAID DOCTORS WON’T SHOW UP FOR WORK
  • EWN The association says without their salaries doctors are unable to pay for transport to report for duty. The South African Medical Association says unpaid doctors will not show up for work until their January salaries have been paid. The...
  • 08/02/2019
  • CALLS FOR INCREASED BUDGETS IN THE MENTAL HEALTH SECTOR
  • HEALTH-E NEWS The Life Esidimeni tragedy, patient abuse and suicide by health professionals are among the issues pointing to a dire need for better management of public sector psychiatry. This is the opinion of incoming South African Society of...
  • 07/02/2019
  • RAMAPHOSA: NHI BILL TO COME BEFORE PARLIAMENT SOON
  • FIN24.COM President Cyril Ramaphosa says the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill will soon be ready for submission to Parliament. "The NHI will enable South Africans to receive free services at the point of care in public and private...
  • 06/02/2019
  • ACTIVISTS CALL ON CYRIL RAMAPHOSA TO TACKLE HEALTHCARE CRISIS
  • BUSINESS DAY Ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa's state of the nation address on Thursday, health activists have called on him to take concrete action to fix the health system rather than focusing on the long-promised national health insurance...
  • 05/02/2019
  • A MODULAR APPROACH TO BETTER HEALTHCARE
  • IT WEB The healthcare sector can make the most of its investments in technology by adopting solutions that are modular and can be easily integrated into existing systems. The provision of high-value healthcare is the ultimate goal in the South...
  • 04/02/2019
  • WHY DELAYS TO FIXING HEALTHCARE ARE BAD NEWS FOR SOUTH AFRICANS
  • NEWS24 The release of a final report about the state of competition in South Africa’s private health sector has been delayed again. It was compiled by an inquiry panel made up of medical, legal and economic experts. The panel heard submissions from...
  • 04/02/2019
  • PRIVATE HOSPITALS WARN DRAFT NHI LAWS THREATEN 132,000 JOBS
  • BUSINESS DAY Hospital Association of SA says National Health Insurance legislation will hit private hospital sector’s future investment and capital expenditure. National Health Insurance (NHI), which the government is pushing as the solution to...
  • 01/02/2019
  • HOW THE NHI WILL CHANGE YOUR MEDICAL AID CONTRIBUTIONS
  • BUSINESS TECH There has been a lot of hype around the proposed National Health Insurance Bill (NHI Bill) and the numerous implications for South African citizens. Little has been said, however, about how the NHI Bill will impact on the provision...
  • 31/01/2019
  • REPORT HIGHLIGHTS SA’S PUBLIC HEALTHCARE LOTTERY
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Women in the Eastern Cape’s OR Tambo district are 10 times more likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth than those in Joe Gqabi district. The huge disparities in the healthcare services available to people living in...
  • 31/01/2019
  • MEDICLINIC SOEK TRIBUNAAL SE REDES VIR VERBOD VÓÓR APPÈL
  • NETWER24 Mediclinic Suider-Afrika wil eers die skriftelike redes kry vir die besluit van die Mededingingstribunaal om sy beoogde oorname van twee hospitale in Klerksdorp te verbied, voordat hy besluit of hy gaan appelleer daarteen. Die...
  • 31/01/2019
  • TRIBUNAL STOPS MEDICLINIC HOSPITAL MERGER IN THE NORTH WEST
  • THE CITIZEN The Competition Tribunal has prohibited a merger between Mediclinic and Matlosana Medical Health Services in North West. In a statement, the Tribunal says the proposed merger should be prohibited on grounds that it would likely...
  • 16/01/2019
  • SA CAN’T GIVE HUNDREDS OF ITS NEW DOCTORS JOBS
  • THE CITIZEN The SA Medical Association (Sama) has cautioned against the loss of skilled and qualified doctors to other countries due to the national department of health’s inability to provide them with jobs. Sama board member Dr Rhulani Edward...
  • 15/01/2019
  • MEDICLINIC FIGHTS TO EXPAND IN NORTH WEST
  • BUSINESS DAY SA’s biggest private hospital group by value presented its final argument to the Competition Tribunal SA’s biggest private hospital group by value, Mediclinic International, presented its final argument to the Competition Tribunal...
  • 09/01/2019
  • SA’S NEW MEDICAL SCHEME SET TO DISRUPT THE MARKET
  • IOL A new market entrant, Health Squared Medical Scheme, is set to “redefine healthcare funding” through a personalised approach to healthcare cover for members at all income levels. “In recent years, and largely due to macroeconomic factors,...
  • 09/01/2019
  • INQUIRY INTO SA’S PRIVATE HEALTHCARE SECTOR COST R197M
  • MEDICAL BRIEF The total cost of South Africa’s Competition Commission inquiry into the private healthcare sector amounted to R197m, The Times reports Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has disclosed. The commission was established in 2013...
  • 07/01/2019
  • SA'S STATE OF HEALTH
  • BIZCOMMUNITY The cost of healthcare, inadequate benefits and failing public healthcare facilities were very much in the news in 2018 and are likely to continue to feature strongly in headlines in 2019 as South Africa finds its way towards...
  • 07/01/2019
  • DATA IS DEMOCRATISING HEALTHCARE
  • BIZCOMMUNITY Ground-breaking technologies are empowering healthcare systems and consumers at an unprecedented rate. And, 2019 will prove no exception to this trend. With disruption in the medical world set to accelerate, which top healthcare...
  • 02/01/2019
  • PROBE INTO SA'S PRIVATE HEALTHCARE SECTOR COST R197M
  • THE TIMES The total cost of the Competition Commission’s inquiry into the private healthcare sector amounted to R197m, economic development minister Ebrahim Patel has disclosed. The commission was established in 2013 to investigate the state of...
  • 07/12/2018
  • NHI BILL STOPPED IN ITS TRACKS BY CABINET
  • MEDBRIEF AFRICA It is back to the drawing board for the Department of Health on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill after Cabinet decided to send it back to the department for more work. The Bill was presented to Cabinet yesterday, but...
  • 07/12/2018
  • CABINET TURNS DOWN CONTENTIOUS NHI BILL
  • BUSINESS DAY Thursday’s statement makes it clear the cabinet has not given the bill the green light, but it is unclear what its concerns are. The cabinet has rejected the fiercely contested National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, sending it back...
  • 07/12/2018
  • PIONEERING NEW PROCEDURE TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF LEG AMPUTEES
  • IOL A new procedure that can drastically improve the lives of leg amputees was recently performed for the first time in South Africa. The procedure involves a revolutionary new type of prosthesis that does away with traditional suction sockets...
  • 06/12/2018
  • CABINET TO DECIDE ON NHI BILL IN JANUARY
  • HEALTH-E NEWS A special Cabinet meeting will be held on 30 January with the NHI, which lays the groundwork for a single health system, the only item on the agenda. The Bill was presented to Cabinet on Thursday, where state law advisers assured...
  • 06/12/2018
  • THE MYSTERY OF THE STATUS OF THE NHI BILL
  • BUSINESS DAY Thursday’s statement makes it clear cabinet has not given the bill the green light, but it is unclear what its concerns are. Mystery surrounded the status of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill on Thursday, after the government...
  • 06/12/2018
  • AMPUTASIES: REVOLUSIONÊRE NUWE PROSTESE-PROSEDURE
  • NETWERK24 ’n Opwindende nuwe prosedure wat die lewe van mense met onderste ledemaat-amputasies drasties kan verbeter, is onlangs vir die eerste keer in Suid-Afrika uitgevoer. ’n Professor aan die Universiteit Stellenbosch (US), in samewerking...
  • 06/12/2018
  • OSSEOINTEGRATION GIVES AMPUTEES MORE FREEDOM
  • BIZCOMMUNITY In a first for South Africa, a 28-year-old patient with a previous trans-femoral amputation has received a successful osseointegration prosthetic limb implant. The surgery was performed by Professor Nando Ferreira, an orthopaedic...
  • 06/12/2018
  • OP-ED: WHERE IS SOUTH AFRICA'S HEALTHCARE HEADED?
  • BUSINESS REPORT It is a fascinating time for healthcare globally. Shifting demographics, cost pressures, policy changes, consumer ism, and rapid advances in technology will change the face of healthcare as we know it. South Africa has its own...
  • 05/12/2018
  • PLACING NEW NURSES GOING SMOOTHLY, SAYS GOVERNMENT
  • BUSINESS DAY A total 3,535 nurses qualified in 2018, of whom 3,470 have already been placed, MPs told. Virtually all SA’s newly qualified nurses have been placed in public sector posts for 2019, a senior health department official assured MPs on...
  • 02/12/2018
  • HEALTH TAKES TWO
  • CITY PRESS It is a relationship marred by distrust and allegations of a lack of transparency but it's going to take two to tango and both the private and public healthcare sectors working together to achieve "one of the most pressing global...
  • 01/12/2018
  • RELEASE OF HMI FINAL REPORT DELAYED TO MARCH NEXT YEAR
  • MEDBRIEF AFRICA The Health Market Inquiry’s (HMI) final report and recommendations on the private healthcare sector have been delayed to 31 March next year. Confirming the postponement of the report that was scheduled to be released today,...
  • 30/11/2018
  • LETTER: NHI WILL DEPRIVE US OF CHOICE
  • BUSINESS DAY It is unsurprising that the latest National Health Insurance Bill is being rushed through the legislative process without adequate thought. The rush has little to do with meeting the healthcare needs of South Africans. Rather, the aim...
  • 30/11/2018
  • LETTER: NHI WILL DEPRIVE US OF CHOICE
  • BUSINESS DAY It is unsurprising that the latest National Health Insurance Bill is being rushed through the legislative process without adequate thought. The rush has little to do with meeting the healthcare needs of South Africans. Rather, the aim...
  • 30/11/2018
  • 'NIKS SINISTERS AAN PROSES VAN NGV'
  • SAKE24 Daar is geen ongerymdhede in die proses van die wetsontwerp oor nasionale gesondheidsversekering (NGV) nie, se dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, minister van gesondheid. Hy verwerp mediaberigte waarin bewerings van onreelmatighede uitgespreek is in...
  • 29/11/2018
  • PRESIDENT'S HEALTH BLUEPRINT PUT ON HOLD UNTIL JANUARY
  • BUSINESS DAY President Cyril Ramaphosa's ambitions of getting a blueprint for fixing SA’s health system in the next two weeks have hit a stumbling block. The Presidency has delayed the signing of this "health.com pact" until the end of January,...
  • 28/11/2018
  • DA TO SEEK LEGAL ADVICE ON CONTROVERSIAL NHI BILL
  • BUSINESS DAY The hotly contested bill paves the way for the establishment of a central fund that will purchase services on behalf of patients. The DA plans to seek legal advice on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, which is due to be...
  • 28/11/2018
  • CRITICS WILL DO ANYTHING TO STOP NHI BILL, SAYS HEALTH MINISTRY
  • IOL The Health Ministry has condemned those who have criticised the speed at which the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill is being processed, claiming they want to “delegitimise” the process. “We have no doubt that enemies of NHI will do...
  • 27/11/2018
  • NHI BILL EXPECTED TO BE PRESENTED TO CABINET TODAY
  • MED BRIEF AFRICA Civil societies have urgently called on government for proper consideration of public comments on the NHI Bill which is expected to be presented to Cabinet today (27 November). In a joint statement the Treatment Action Campaign,...
  • 27/11/2018
  • NHI A POLITICAL PLAYTHING
  • BUSINESS DAY Health director general Precious Matsoso broke ranks in truly remarkable fashion last week when she accused President Cyril Ramaphosa's adviser, Olive Shisana, of sidelining her in the development of the National Health Insurance (NHI)...
  • 27/11/2018
  • NHI BILL BEING PUSHED FOR ELECTIONS?
  • HEALTH-E NEWS The Presidency and Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi seem intent on pushing the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill through Parliament before next year’s election despite major unanswered questions. The revised NHI Bill was...
  • 27/11/2018
  • CONTESTED NHI BILL ON ITS WAY TO CABINET, PRESIDENCY CONFIRMS
  • BUSINESS DAY Civil society groups have called on the cabinet to send the NHI bill back to the department of health and require a more thorough consultation process The fiercely contested National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill will be tabled before...
  • 25/11/2018
  • SÓ ‘BOELIE’ MEDIESE FONDSE DOKTERS, PASIËNTE
  • NETWERK24 Mediese spesialiste het die strydbyl opgeneem teen Discovery en Gems. Die Suid-Afrikaanse Private Praktisynsforum (SAPPF), wat sowat 3 500 spesialiste verteenwoordig, het ’n lys van 21 000 gevalle – waar dié twee fondse glo pasiënte...
  • 23/11/2018
  • EXCLUSIVE: HEALTH DG KEPT IN THE DARK ON REVISIONS TO NHI BILL
  • BUSINESS DAY In a hard-hitting interview director-general Precious Matsoso says she last saw a copy of the draft bill in June. Health director-general Precious Matsoso says she has been completely side-lined by presidential adviser Olive Shisana...
  • 22/11/2018
  • NGV-WET: ‘DIS GOED DAT TESOURIE SE BRIEF LEK’
  • NETWERK24 Dit is ’n goeie ding dat die verdoemende brief van die nasionale tesourie oor die nuwe weergawe van die Wetsontwerp op Nasionale Gesondheidsversekering (NGV) uitgelek het. Dit is van die kommentaar van die private sektor oor die sterk...
  • 21/11/2018
  • HEALTH DEPT AND TREASURY BATTLE BEHIND THE SCENES OVER NHI BILL
  • MEDICAL BRIEF Presidential adviser Dr Olive Shisana and Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi appear to have side-lined senior Health Department and Treasury officials in preparing a new version of the National Health Insurance Bill for submission...
  • 20/11/2018
  • NETCARE: DOKTERS VOLG NOU MEER DIE REËLS OOR OPNAMES
  • NETWERK24 Netcare het drasties minder pasiënte in die drie maande tot einde September in sy hospitale gehad weens minder opnames vir longontsteking en brongitis. Jacques du Plessis, besturende direkteur van Netcare se hospitale in Suid-Afrika,...
  • 20/11/2018
  • NETCARE INTEGRATES MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  • IOL Private hospital group Netcare said yesterday that the surge in mental illness in the country would add to its bottom line through its recently concluded R1.3 billion acquisition of Akeso Clinics, a chain of psychiatric health care...
  • 19/11/2018
  • NETCARE TO BOOST LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE AFTER UK EXIT
  • FIN24 Private hospital group Netcare [JSE:NTC] says it has set aside R1.6bn on expansion projects in the country for 2019, with upgrades for Milpark Hospital and St Augustine's. Capital expenditure of approximately R600m would include the...
  • 16/11/2018
  • MEDICLINIC MOVES TO CUT SWISS LOSSES
  • BUSINESS DAY Mediclinic, which owns and operates hospitals and medical facilities in SA, says it is taking steps to improve the financial performance of Swiss subsidiary Hirslanden, whose woes dominated the company's first half performance. In...
  • 16/11/2018
  • EXIT WOES HURT UK EXPOSED STOCKS
  • BUSINESS DAY The JSE pushed higher on Thursday, as Brexit turmoil put pressure on markets in Europe, even as investor sentiment towards emerging markets was lifted somewhat The all share closed 0.28% higher at 52,146 points and the top 40 up 0.27%....
  • 16/11/2018
  • MIN GRIEP GEE MEDICLINIC KOPSEER
  • NETWERK24 SAKE 24 Dis dalk goeie nuus vir pasiente dat daar vanjaar nie groot griep of bronchitis epidemies in die winter was nie, maar dit was deel van die skeelhoofpyn wat Mediclinic International die afgelope ses maande ontwikkel het. Die...
  • 16/11/2018
  • MEDICLINIC FALLS AFTER IMPAIRING SWISS OPERATION
  • INCECONNECT The private hospitals group says regulatory changes are significantly impacting the healthcare market in Switzerland and all operators are affected. Mediclinic has slumped into a loss after it wrote down the value of its investment...
  • 16/11/2018
  • SWISS HEALTHCARE TARIFFS HURT MEDICLINIC
  • BUSINESS REPORT Swiss healthcare tariffs hurt Mediclinic Share price declines 5% after poor performance by Hirslanden subsidiary drags down group's interim results. The share price of private health care group Mediclinic International declined...
  • 15/11/2018
  • LEAKED TREASURY LETTER SHOWS GOVERNMENT RIFTS OVER NHI
  • DAILY MAVERICK A leaked letter and its annexure specify a number of ‘major problem areas’ and legal concerns with the current version of the National Health Insurance Bill. Presidential Adviser Dr Olive Shisana and Minister of Health Dr Aaron...
  • 15/11/2018
  • SWISS PROBLEMS RESULT IN A HUGE KNOCK FOR MEDICLINIC
  • BUSINESS DAY Mediclinic's Swiss subsidiary Hirslanden plunged into an operating loss of £54m from an operating profit of £72m Private hospital group Mediclinic's net loss increased fourfold to £158m in the first half of its 2019 financial year...
  • 14/11/2018
  • MEDICAL FRAUD STILL THEMOST PERVASIVE TYPE OF FRAUD IN SA
  • RISK AFRICA Medical aids lost at least R15-20bn of total private healthcare industry spend to fraud last year, with the Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa reporting about 10-15% of all claims as fraudulent, abusive or...
  • 13/11/2018
  • GLOBAL CONCERNS OVER PREVALENCE OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE
  • IOL One of the main causes of antibiotic resistance is overusing antibiotics and prescribing them inappropriately. With this World Antibiotic Awareness Week, experts have raised their concern over the persistent overuse and misuse of antibiotics...
  • 13/11/2018
  • MEDICLINIC’S SWISS DIAGNOSTICS ARE POOR
  • MONEYWEB Mediclinic management is bullish about the group's operations in the Middle East, but has a few regulatory hurdles to overcome in Switzerland. Picture: Supplied Mediclinic management is bullish about the group's operations in the Middle...
  • 11/11/2018
  • MEDICAL AID PRICE INCREASES WILL HURT CONSUMERS
  • IOL Cash-strapped consumers will have to fork out more, up to 10%, for their medical aid schemes from January. On the back of multiple price hikes from petrol to VAT, consumers are now faced with higher premiums. More than 8 million South...
  • 11/11/2018
  • ‘SÓ SAL JY 15% MEER HOES VIR MEDIES’
  • NETWERK24 Siekefonds-premies vir almal ouer as 34 kan onmiddellik met minstens 15% styg as die regering deurdruk met beplande wetswysigings. Die Wysigingswetsontwerp op Mediese Skemas kan mediese fondse knak, waarsku kenners. Só waarsku van die...
  • 08/11/2018
  • HEALTH DEPARTMENT CHANGES TACK TO WOO PRIVATE-SECTOR DOCTORS
  • BUSINESS DAY State looks at ways to lure more general practitioners to provide their services under the National Health Insurance The health department is looking for new ways to entice private-sector general practitioners (GPs) to provide their...
  • 08/11/2018
  • SÓ KAN MEDIESE FONDSE R20 MJD. SPAAR
  • NETWERK24 Mediese fondse kan gesamentlik tot R20 miljard per jaar minder op eise uitgee as hulle die Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) se voorbeeld met sy nuutste opsie volg, meen dr. Guni Goolab, hoofbeampte. Hy het vandeesweek gesê...
  • 08/11/2018
  • HEALTH DEPARTMENT CHANGES TACK TO WOO PRIVATE-SECTOR DOCTORS
  • BUSINESS DAY State looks at ways to lure more general practitioners to provide their services under the National Health Insurance. The health department is looking for new ways to entice private-sector general practitioners (GPs) to provide...
  • 07/11/2018
  • NHI ROLLOUT COULD BE DELAYED – MOTSOALEDI
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Gems principal officer Guni Goolab has expressed caution about the state’s plans to merge Gems with other medical schemes for public servants. The Public Servants Association (PSA) has welcomed a call by the Government...
  • 07/11/2018
  • SIX WAYS TO SAVE ON MEDICAL COSTS
  • MONEY MARKETING According to Stats SA’s 2017 General Household Survey, only 17 out of every 100 South Africans have medical insurance, which is the key that opens the door to private healthcare. Across the globe, the cost of healthcare continues to...
  • 06/11/2018
  • STATE MEDICAL SCHEME GEMS URGES CAUTION ON MERGER PLANS
  • BUSINESS DAY Changes should be discussed in Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council, principal officer says. The principal officer of the Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) has warned about the state’s plans to merge it with...
  • 06/11/2018
  • THE GEMS IS FINALLY ON TRACK TO MEET RESERVE REQUIREMENTS
  • BUSINESS DAY The Government Employees Medical Scheme is to have a 25% solvency ratio for the first time next year — 15 years after it was launched. The Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) expects to meet the regulator’s requirement to...
  • 06/11/2018
  • SUPERBUGS KILLED 33,000 EUROPEANS IN 2015: STUDY
  • ENCA Drug-resistant bacteria killed more than 33,000 people in the European Union in 2015, according to new research published this week warning that superbugs were "threatening modern healthcare." In a study published in the journal The Lancet...
  • 05/11/2018
  • GEMS OPPOSITION TO MERGING WITH OTHER SCHEMES
  • MEDICAL BRIEF The principal officer of the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) has warned against the state’s plans to merge it with other schemes for public servants, saying consolidation will require careful planning and consultation with...
  • 03/11/2018
  • NHI ROLL-OUT ENVISAGED IN STAGES
  • SATURDAY WEEKEND ARGUS The World Health Organisation has advised the Department of Health not to focus on the cost of universal health coverage but to implement it in manageable phases, starting with providing services to the most vulnerable...
  • 24/10/2018
  • ON THE MEDICAL SCHEMES AMENDMENT AND NHI BILLS
  • POLITICS WEB Charles Simkins writes that despite the problems raised, govt seems determined to press ahead with scheme. INTRODUCTION The National Health Insurance Green Paper was published in August 2011. A White Paper followed in December...
  • 11/10/2018
  • HASA ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS
  • E-HEALTH NEWS The Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) has announced its new Board of Directors. They were elected at HASA’s Annual General Meeting on 2nd October 2018. The HASA Board of Directors Chairman is Dr Biren Valodia, the Chief...
  • 07/10/2018
  • BIG HOSPITALS REJECT BREAK-UP IDEA
  • BUSINESS TIMES South Africa’s largest hospital groups have rejected proposals that they be broken up in order to lower healthcare costs, calling the idea drastic and “perhaps unconstitutional”. In a bid to aid transformation and enhance competition...
  • 04/10/2018
  • SCHEME ADDS BENEFITS FOR 2019
  • BUSINESS DAY Bonitas announced a weighted increase of 8.9% for 2019 despite a challenging year for the healthcare industry, against a backdrop of uncertainty around the NHI, the recent Health Market Inquiry and current tough economic conditions...
  • 04/10/2018
  • WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING
  • BUSINESS REPORT As medical schemes, members and employers brace for the 2019 financial year, they do so against the backdrop of a technical recession, a VAT increase, petrol price increases and marginal legislative space to innovate. In what is...
  • 04/10/2018
  • NHI DEBATE IS STUCK IN THE WEEDS
  • BIZCOMMUNITY The National Health Insurance (NHI) is not a radical shift to dismantle a functioning system, but an opportunity to review two poorly functioning ones. The public sector sees very high volumes of patients but gives them bad service and...
  • 04/10/2018
  • GIVING MEMBERS MORE TRANSPARENCY AND CONTROL
  • BUSINESS DAY They want a say over what their cover should be and how benefits are used, writes Alf James. In a first for the medical scheme industry, Fedhealth has announced its 2019 benefit options, which feature a revolutionary new approach to...
  • 04/10/2018
  • MUCH CAN BE DONE TO CUT COSTS
  • BUSINESS DAY Costs relating to medicines and consumables represent a substantial portion of healthcare expenditure in the private and public healthcare sectors. However, there are a number of areas in which meaningful savings can be achieved,...
  • 04/10/2018
  • ASSOCIATION CALLS FOR `CODESA' FOR NHI ISSUES
  • BUSINESS DAY The South African Medical Association Sama says the National Health Insurance NHI Bill and other parallel reform process do not seem to have the interests of health providers at heart. In its September 2018 submission to the...
  • 04/10/2018
  • HIV POSITIVE MOM'S LIVER TRANSPLANTED INTO HIV NEGATIVE CHILD
  • IOL In what is believed to be the first in the world, researchers at Wits University have transplanted a liver from an HIV positive mother to her HIV negative child. The child, who at the time of the transplant was 13-months-old, and her mother...
  • 03/10/2018
  • MEDICAL AID INCREASES WILL BE ‘WELL ABOVE INFLATION’
  • MEDICAL BRIEF Medical aid increases well above inflation are expected to hit members in 2019. Business Tech reports that according to data from medical aid companies, the industry generally follows the guideline of CPI+3% when determining price...
  • 02/10/2018
  • 3 GROOT HOSPITALE IS NIE SÓ MONSTERAGTIG – KENNER
  • NETWERK24 Daar is groot gebreke in die data wat vir die markondersoek na private gesondheidsorg gebruik is. Die bevindings van die paneel en aanbevelings wat gedoen word, moet dus hersien word. Dit het Anthony Norton, direkteur van die...
  • 01/10/2018
  • ONS WIL NIE PRIVATE GESONDHEIDSORG VERNIETIG – MINISTER
  • NETWERK24 Daar is geen plan om van private gesondheidsorg in Suid-Afrika ontslae te raak nie. “Niemand beplan om private gesondheidsorg te vernietig nie. Daar bestaan nie so ’n plan nie.” het dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, minister van gesondheid,...
  • 30/09/2018
  • A NURSING PLAN TO CURE JOBLESSNESS
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE A proposal to train and employ 50,000 new nurses will be one of the flagship projects on the table at the government's Jobs Summit that will be held in Midrand this week. The two-day initiative is looking for solutions to SA's...
  • 27/09/2018
  • FREE STATE AND NORTH WEST: JOIN THE HEALTHCARE DOTS, MR PRESIDENT
  • DAILY MAVERICK We listened carefully to your stimulus package announcement last week and we welcome your commitments, among others, to fill more than 2,000 critical vacancies in the health system and buy hospital beds and linen. This is good news....
  • 27/09/2018
  • HAVE YOUR SAY ON SA'S PRIVATE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY
  • NEWS24.COM The following article was written by Spotlight, a media publication monitoring health issues in SA, published by SECTION27 and the Treatment Action Campaign. Medical schemes and private hospitals have over the last four years been...
  • 27/09/2018
  • BONITAS ANNOUNCES 8.9% INCREASE WITH ADDED BENEFITS
  • MONEY MARKETING Women’s health, men’s health, chronic disease management, innovative plans, catching criminals and a digital revamp – Bonitas reflects on 2018 and launches its 2019 plans and strategy Bonitas Medical Fund (Bonitas) announced a...
  • 27/09/2018
  • A LOYALTY PROGRAMME FOR MEDICAL AIDS
  • IOL Medical scheme Medshield is planning to introduce a loyalty programme that will attract young members in a competitive environment as the company hikes contributions by 14.3% for 2019. Speaking at the company’s headquarters in Johannesburg,...
  • 27/09/2018
  • THE DOOMED NHI BILL
  • POLITICS WEB In a similar vein to the land reform debate in South Africa, health reform is also filled with populist rhetoric, seemingly in the lead up to the 2019 national elections. In February 2018, President Ramaphosa singled out the urgency of...
  • 21/09/2018
  • COUNCIL SUGGESTS SINGLE MEDICAL SCHEME FOR PUBLIC SERVANTS
  • BUSINESS DAY The Council for Medical Schemes is proposing consolidation of all medical schemes for public servants into the Government Employees Medical Scheme GEMS in line with government policy on National Health Insurance. The proposal is...
  • 18/09/2018
  • INQUIRY'S REPORT ON HEALTH-CARE MARKET DELAYED AGAIN
  • BUSINESS DAY The original deadline for the release of the Competition Commission’s final report was November 2015, but it has been repeatedly delayed The Competition Commission’s long-running health market inquiry has announced yet another delay...
  • 18/09/2018
  • 'FEWER PEOPLE WILL AFFORD MEDICAL AID'
  • IOL AfroCentric Investment Corporation chief executive Antoine van Buuren yesterday said that the biggest challenge in healthcare was the affordability of medical aid. Van Buuren said fewer people would be able to afford medical aid, as the...
  • 18/09/2018
  • THE PROGRESSIVE CASE FOR DELAYING NHI
  • DAILY MAVERICK With a wave of populism and an election around the corner, there is a risk that we will not navigate the tricky waters ahead with sufficient care and end up blundering into dead ends or running those still functioning parts of our...
  • 14/09/2018
  • SIEKEFONDSE GAAN JOU WURG IN '19
  • DIE BURGER, BEELD, VOLKSBLAD Na verlede jaar se blaaskans van vorige jare se skerp premiever hogings, moet lede van mediese fondse hulle vanjaar staal te oor deel na Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS) se verhoging van gemiddeld 9,2%. DHMS...
  • 10/09/2018
  • MEDICINE MAKERS AWAIT PRICE HIKE DECISION
  • BUSINESS DAY Pharmaceutical manufacturers are anxiously waiting for health minister Aaron Motsoaledi to make a decision on their request for an extra price increase on medicines to compensate for the rand’s slide, after an advisory committee...
  • 10/09/2018
  • FINDINGS OF PRIVATE HEALTH INQUIRY TO BE DUMPED?
  • DAILY MAVERICK There is a risk that the Health Market Inquiry’s recommendations on the private health sector will be disregarded by government as they do not align with the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, warn health activists. But are the...
  • 06/09/2018
  • New bill wants to introduce 24/7 clinics in South Africa
  • The EFF has tabled a private member’s bill in parliament, aiming to make it mandatory for public sector clinics to remain open 24 hours a day. An attached explanatory memorandum highlighted that health service challenges are not limited to...
  • 06/09/2018
  • It’s a stick-up. Your money or your health!
  • Opinion: The Health Market Inquiry report has been published at a rare moment of opportunity for a new dawn in health reform in South Africa. In the context of a crisis in the public and private health systems, it is the time for active...
  • 06/09/2018
  • Medical aid members over estimate cover or overspend on plans
  • Medical Aid Members commonly believe they have cover which they don't, while often spending far more on a plan than necessary, according to the 2018 GTC Medical Aid survey of benefit and cost comparisons. A recurring theme in the research was a...
  • 05/09/2018
  • Sasa, discovery health roll out event-based contract model
  • BIZCOMMUNITY An alternative reimbursement model has been launched that will benefit patients and encourage best practice among clinicians in the private healthcare sector. With the event-based contract (EBC) model, a medical aid can make a...
  • 05/09/2018
  • Govt control will make SA healtcare worse, not better
  • MEDICAL BRIEF While it is not surprising that the SA Federation of Trade Unions has an issue with a private system of healthcare, it is incorrect to call it a “racialised” system, writes Marius Roodt, a campaign manager at the Institute of Race...
  • 04/09/2018
  • Discovery's emerging business pay off
  • BUSINESS DAY Discovery saw all of its emerging businesses turn profitable for the full year to June as the group positions itself as a global financial services player. The emerging businesses, which comprise Discovery Insure, the global...
  • 03/09/2018
  • Private healthcare industry needs to change
  • BIZCOMMUNITY The "startling costs" of South African private healthcare is at the heart of the Competition Commission's Health Market Inquiry (HMI) draft report released in July. While cost is a key theme, the report also describes a sector lacking...
  • 03/09/2018
  • NHI won't benefit citizen
  • RANDFONTEIN HERALD Government’s proposals will allegedly have dire consequences for all citizens, regardless of whether they rely on private or public health services. Even though South Africans are entitled to decent levels of healthcare, the...
  • 02/09/2018
  • NHI will 'nationalise' healthcare - Free Market Foundation
  • MEDICAL PLAN ADVICE The Free Market Foundation is an independent public benefit organisation. It started in 1975 and fosters the rule of law, liberty for all and an open society. It seems as though the NHI isn’t about liberty for all. The Free...
  • 01/09/2018
  • BREAKING DOWN THE HEALTH MARKET INQUIRY
  • MEDICAL CHRONICLE A little over four years after it was first started in 2014, the Health Market Inquiry finally released its provisional report. But, these remain recommendations and are not binding. As such the Minister of Health may accept all...
  • 31/08/2018
  • Slow growth halts advanced health's plans
  • BUSINESS DAY Advanced Health puts expansion on ice and will revisit empowerment when it posts no loss Advanced Health has shelved plans to bring in an empowerment partner -at least until it breaks even, the day surgery group’s CEO, Carl...
  • 31/08/2018
  • Medical schemes and the NHI: A complementary relationshop
  • BUSINESS MEDIA MAG While the NHI remains a work in progress in terms of policy and planning, medical aid members and schemes worry about the future. For now, at least not any time soon, nothing will change. As a 2017 NHI White Paper stipulates:...
  • 30/08/2018
  • NHI will devastate private healthcare
  • The latest report from the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) is a detailed critique of the government's proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) system. It argues that while South Africa's deeply deficient public health service is in desperate need...
  • 24/08/2018
  • Everyone will be covered by NHI by 2025
  • FIN24 All South Africans will be covered by the National Health Insurance (NHI) by 2025, which will begin in a phased approach from 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa told healthcare sector representatives on Friday. He urged health professionals...
  • 24/08/2018
  • NHI is about social justice...it must work - Ramaphosa
  • CITY PRESS If South Africa is to successfully pull off the National Health Insurance (NHI) initiative it’s going to take a collective, concerted effort from all stakeholders. This was said by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has thrown his weight...
  • 23/08/2018
  • Alternatives to the NHI
  • MED BRIEF AFRICA The Department of Health’s Dr Anban Pillay has slammed the Free Market Foundation (FMF) for criticising the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill and has requested that we submit reasons why we believe the government’s proposed...
  • 22/08/2018
  • Opinion: Competition law overhaul could ignite economy
  • IOL Suggested amendments to competition policy could, if adopted and implemented, revitalise black economic empowerment and the small business sector and set the country on a remarkable growth trajectory. Minister Ebrahim Patel’s Economic...
  • 22/08/2018
  • Tough talk by practitioners inadequacies of NHI
  • PRETORIA NEWS The National Health Insurance (NHI) was not designed to work; instead, it was an aspirational proposal nobody really had to deliver on, but just keep promising endlessly into the future. And if implemented, both the private and...
  • 22/08/2018
  • NGV krisisberaad lei Solidariteit beroepsgilde in
  • SOLIDARITEIT Die konsepwetgewing vir die Nasionale Gesondheidsversekering (NGV) het sedert dit in Julie bekend gestel is groot kommer oor die toekoms van gesondheidsorg in Suid-Afrika onder praktisyns, ekonome en gewone burgers gewek. Die kommer...
  • 21/08/2018
  • 'NHI will devastate private healthcare' - IRR Report
  • IOL The proposed National Health Insurance aims to provide health care for all South Africans. The latest report from the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) argues that while South Africa’s deeply deficient public health service is in desperate...
  • 27/07/2018
  • Healthcare needs rules
  • THE CITIZEN If a service is provided by a company rather than government, this does not automatically mean a market is at work. The point is obvious but has passed by many in South Africa. Private provision of services is moving into the...
  • 26/07/2018
  • What happens when Motsoaledi's plan becomes a reality?
  • FIN24.COM The national department of health recently took a swipe at medical schemes’ use of brokers to realise membership growth in a stagnant industry. Medical brokers were paid R2.2bn in 2017, according to the department. “Almost two-thirds...
  • 26/07/2018
  • NHI pilot project fails at Elim District Hospital - DA Limpopo
  • Today, the DA conducted an oversight inspection at the Elim District Hospital in Limpopo. The health facility was administered under the failed National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot project in the Vhembe District. The challenges at the Elim...
  • 26/07/2018
  • Why SA needs to discipline the private healthcare industry
  • THE CONVERSATION If a service is provided by a company rather than government, this does not automatically mean a market is at work. The point is fairly obvious but has passed many in South Africa by. Private provision of services is moving...
  • 26/07/2018