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  • 24/09/2018
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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
  • Gratis gesondheidsorg peperduur vir belastingbetalers
  • SOLIDARITY Die vakbond Solidariteit het vandag sy kommer uitgespreek oor die geweldige negatiewe impak wat die voorgestelde Nasionale Gesondheidsversekering (NGV) op belastingbetalers sal hê. Volgens Morné Malan, ʼn navorser verbonde aan die...
  • 26/07/2018
  • Medical aid: Yes, it's complicated
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE The Competition Commission does not prove collusion between Discovery Health, MMI and Mediclinic but implies that cross-ownership enhances their scope for price fixing Investors would do well to take note of the health market...
  • 26/07/2018
  • Yes, It's complicated
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Investors would do well to take note of the Health Market Inquiry’s provisional report on why medical aid prices keep rising while benefits decrease. The Competition Commission report may not bode well for the consumer but it notes...
  • 25/07/2018
  • Bonitas announces best financial results in 35-year history
  • BIZCOMMUNITY Bonitas Medical Fund (the Scheme) reported a solid surplus of R730.20 million for 2017, recouping the R16.9 million deficit from 2016. Gerhard van Emmenis, Principal Officer of Bonitas, says, "2017 was an exceptional year for us in...
  • 25/07/2018
  • Looming disaster on NHI
  • BOLANDER If you listen to Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi talking about the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, you could be forgiven for believing that it will be the panacea to all of our healthcare ills. The illusion that is created...
  • 25/07/2018
  • Medical aid market can be a 'complicated space' to navigate
  • MONEY MARKETING The GTC 2018 Medical Aid Survey (MAS) analyses and rates medical aid schemes according to a standardised comparison and ranks the choices available to members. When analysed purely in terms of premiums – the survey’s micro...
  • 25/07/2018
  • Mediclinic disagrees with inquiry over cometition
  • BUSINESS DAY Mediclinic disagrees with inquiry over competition Tamar Kahn Private hospital group Mediclinic has taken issue with the health market inquiry's concerns about market concentration in the sector and its call for submissions on possible...
  • 25/07/2018
  • Mediclinic challenges accuracy of HMI data
  • MEDICAL BRIEF Private hospital group Mediclinic has taken issue with the Health Market Inquiry’s preliminary concern about market concentration in the sector, and its call for submissions on possible divestiture and a moratorium on issuing new...
  • 24/07/2018
  • Pharma's role in NHI
  • E-HEALTH NEWS The recent approval of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill shocked many in and out of the healthcare industry, but pharmaceutical organisations committed to increased pricing transparency will have a competitive edge as...
  • 24/07/2018
  • Mediclinic objects to HMI's remedies for market concentration
  • BUSINESS LIVE Private hospital group Mediclinic has taken issue with the health market inquiry’s preliminary concern about market concentration in the sector, and its call for submissions on possible divestiture and a moratorium on issuing new...
  • 24/07/2018
  • Mediclinic says profitability due to efficiencies, not dominance
  • THE CITIZEN Mediclinic's Roly Buys disagrees with the finding that it is one of the three dominant players, and says there is robust competition between all hospital groups. Mediclinic Southern Africa has defended its private hospital business,...
  • 23/07/2018
  • Discovery expands into banking
  • Daily Dispatch Adrian Gore's Discovery has enjoyed rapid growth since its inception some 26 years ago, broadening its product offering beyond medical aid into insurance and financial products and, this year, banking. The company's diversification...
  • 23/07/2018
  • Mediclinic kap verslag oor lisensies vir hospitale
  • NETWERK24 Die markondersoek het bevind die gesamentlike markaandeel van die drie nasionale hospitaalgroepe beloop 83% van die beddens en 90% van die opnames. Die internasionale hospitaalgroep Mediclinic stem nie saam met die bevindinge van die...
  • 22/07/2018
  • Fix cost and quality of healthcare
  • CITY PRESS About a month ago, the department of health released the white paper on the National Health Insurance (NHI), which saw critics immediately going into overdrive, raising at least three issues. The first was that the NHI was a...
  • 22/07/2018
  • Health fix needed before NHI plan
  • SUNDAY TIMES The National Health Insurance (NHI) fund is set to shake up South Africa's healthcare sector but experts caution that it will not be a success if South Africa does not first resolve existing problems. The country's public...
  • 15/06/2018
  • Review NHI, urge 99 medical professionals
  • PRETORIA NEWS A new group made up of health professionals and academics is piling pressure on Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi ahead of the introduction of the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. The 99 individuals on the list - seen by...
  • 15/06/2018
  • 'Private healthcare heavily subsidised by public'
  • THE STAR In an interview, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi said that his biggest risk in the implementation of NHI is fear and lack of political will on the part of the state. Khathu Mamaila: The health ombud paints a very gloomy picture of...
  • 14/06/2018
  • DA calls for public health inquiry
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE The party has asked Cyril Ramaphosa to set up a judicial commission to get to the bottom of challenges crippling the country’s system. The DA has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to establish a judicial commission of inquiry...
  • 14/06/2018
  • There are plenty of spanners in vast machinery of public health
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Fighting fires: Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi visits a health centre in Mmabatho in the North West, amid a National Health Education and Allied Workers Union strike in April. Some critics say public healthcare has deteriorated...
  • 13/06/2018
  • NHI Bill to be published for public comment
  • DOLPHIN COAST MAIL The Cabinet has announced it has approved the National Health Insurance NHI Bill of 2018 to be published in the Government Gazette for public comments. A key provision of the bill will be the establishment of an NHI fund to...
  • 13/06/2018
  • New leadership at generics and biosimilar medicines association
  • MEDICAL BRIEF Generic and Biosimilar Medicines of Southern Africa (GBMSA), formerly known as the National Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (NAPM), has appointed Erik Roos, CEO of Pharma Dynamics as vice chair to support the existing...
  • 13/06/2018
  • Healthcare: No need to reinvent the wheel
  • BUSINESS DAY Healthcare: no need to reinvent the wheel Johan Ferreira Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi presented proposals to shake up the medical aid industry to a cabinet committee in May. Among his submissions was a proposal to introduce...
  • 13/06/2018
  • Quality healtcare is the social bedrock of our society
  • AFRO VOICE The right to quality healthcare is fundamental to the physical and mental wellbeing of all individuals and is a necessary condition for the exercise of other human rights including the pursuit of a satisfactory standard of living....
  • 13/06/2018
  • NHI pilot projects has not worked
  • CAPE TALK The National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot project started in 2012 and is a system that is designed to pool funds to provide access to quality, affordable health care. It is part of government’s major health sector reforms and is being...
  • 11/06/2018
  • Cabinet approves an NHI bill that is thin on details
  • BUSINESS DAY Cabinet has approved the long-awaited National Health Insurance NHI Bill, the government's first and most crucial piece of legislation for implementing its goal of universal healthcare. NHI aims to provide healthcare to everyone...
  • 11/06/2018
  • NHI bill passed by cabinet
  • MED BRIEF AFRICA Cabinet has finally approved the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill to be published in the Government Gazette for public comment. According to a media statement issued by Cabinet over the weekend, the “Bill seeks to establish...
  • 08/06/2018
  • Editorial: NHI is no public health panacea
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE The public health system has been racked by one scandal after another. More than 144 state mental health patients died in the Life Esidimeni tragedy, over 200 people perished in the recent listeriosis outbreak and the lack of...
  • 08/06/2018
  • 'No crisis' at state hospital despite acute oncologist shortage
  • TIMES SELECT Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital is so desperate for radiation oncologists that CEO Gladys Bogoshi even asked journalists if they knew anyone who wanted to work for the government. At a media event yesterday, Bogoshi...
  • 01/06/2018
  • New policy to aid meds access in SA
  • CAPE ARGUS South Africa’s new policy to guide law reform on intellectual property rights will significantly improve access to medicines for South Africans, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said. Motsoaledi and his counterpart in trade and...
  • 31/05/2018
  • Health Market Inquiry provisional report delayed to June 2018
  • ENGINEERING NEWS The Competition Commission’s Health Market Inquiry (HMI) panel has decided to delay the release of its provisional findings and recommendations report to June 28. This will afford HMI experts sufficient time to assess and...
  • 30/05/2018
  • NHI piloting progress applauded
  • AFRO VOICE The KwaZulu-Natal department of health has said that they are pleased with the progress made in the three districts piloting the National Health Insurance NHI scheme. This follows a visit to the Zululand district by health MEC Dr...
  • 30/05/2018
  • 49 doctors without work in NHI pilot programme
  • DAILY DISPATCH Forty-nine unemployed doctors are said to be feeling let down by the provincial department of health, saying they have not worked for two months in the national health insurance NHI pilot programme. The pilot programme, to be run in...
  • 30/05/2018
  • Timing of Motsoaledi's medical scheme plans raises questions
  • VISION MAGAZINE On Thursday, 24 May, Cabinet approved the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill for publication in the government gazette. Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane told the media that the Bill aimed to align the National Health...
  • 29/05/2018
  • Health Market Inquiry report postponed again!
  • MEDBRIEF AFRICA The eagerly-awaited release of the Competition Commission’s Health Market Inquiry’s Provisional Findings and Recommendations Report has been postponed again. The release of the report was initially scheduled for August 2016, two...
  • 10/05/2018
  • Adverse side effects
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Discovery’s shareholders have every reason to smile. The stock is up 27 percent over the past year, on a spectacular 62 percent run in 2017, as the insurance group’s myriad new business ventures here and abroad bear fruit....
  • 08/05/2018
  • What the POPI Act means for medical aids schemes
  • BIZCOMMUNITY When implemented, the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act will fundamentally change the way personal data is managed. Corporate South Africa, including medical aid schemes, insurance brokers, financial advisors, marketers and...
  • 04/05/2018
  • Situation in North West remains desperate
  • HEALTH-E NEWS Doctors reporting for duty at Tshepong Hospital in North West on Thursday morning had to be escorted into the facility by police after striking workers blockaded the premises, turning patients and workers way. A doctor who spoke on...
  • 04/05/2018
  • Clicks chief sets example with staff health plan
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Clicks CEO David Kneale has urged South African retailers to do more to provide health cover for their lower-paid workers, arguing this will raise productivity and improve staff retention. Only 8.87-million people belonged to...
  • 03/05/2018
  • Basic health cover plans differ on benefits offered
  • SOWETAN Healthcare plans that promise access to private doctors for out of hospital needs offer a broad range of benefits, making it difficult to identify those that offer value for money. As medical scheme membership is expensive, providers...
  • 02/05/2018
  • Life healthcare expects revenue to surge up to 18.5%
  • IOL Life Healthcare shares shot up 2.45% in early trade on the JSE on Monday after the group said it expected its revenue to increase by between 16.5% and 18.5% in the six months to the end of March, largely because of the inclusion of Alliance...
  • 30/04/2018
  • Health Market Inquiry postpones release of report
  • BIZCOMMUNITY The Competition Commission has announced the postponement of the Provisional Findings and Recommendation Report into the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) to the end of May. “The Health Market Inquiry (HMI) has postponed the publication...
  • 30/04/2018
  • Life heathcare's shares rise after upbeat trading update
  • BUSINESS LIVE Life Healthcare’s share price rose 2.45% to R29.71 on Monday morning after it said it expected to report its basic earnings more than quadrupled. The private hospital group said it expected to report on June 1 that its basic...
  • 29/04/2018
  • Verslag oor private gesondheidsorg kom eers 31 Mei
  • SAKE Die Mededingingskommissie sê hy het die publisering van sy verslag oor private gesondheidsorg met 'n maand uitgestel in belang van billikheid en die integriteit van die proses. Die verslag oor die markondersoek na die private...
  • 29/04/2018
  • Medical aid schemes set to shrink when NHI kicks in
  • SUNDAY TIMES Futurist Peter Diamandis has predicted that by 2025 the planet will have 8 billion hyper connected humans. The Internet of Things will have exploded to over 100 billion connected devices and the global healthcare industry and its...
  • 19/04/2018
  • Clicks to invest R200 million in its stores
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Capital expenditure to hit record levels as health and beauty retailer seeks greater volumes to offset moderating rate of inflation Retail and healthcare group Clicks is targeting earnings growth of between 12% and 17% for the...
  • 19/04/2018
  • Medical scheme body presses on with consolidations draft plan
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE The Council for Medical Schemes expects to finalise a draft consultative framework on consolidating the medical schemes industry within two months, acting CEO Sipho Kabane says. Industry consolidation is in line with government...
  • 19/04/2018
  • Mediclinic shares climb after strong mideast showing
  • BUSINESS REPORT The share price of healthcare services group Mediclinic International climbed by 6.33 percent following a positive a trading update in which the company forecast better than expected results, with a significant second half...
  • 19/04/2018
  • Mediclinic nurses Al Noor back to health
  • INCECONNECT The private hospitals group says its Middle East division is entering a growth phase thanks to a significant improvement in Abu Dhabi Mediclinic has perked up on news that it expects to deliver year-end results ahead of expectations...
  • 18/04/2018
  • Mediclinic experts results marginally ahead of expectations
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - Mediclinic International [JSE:MEI] said on Wednesday it expects to deliver adjusted financial results for the year marginally ahead of expectations, with a significant second half improvement from the Middle East...
  • 18/04/2018
  • Mediclinic se inkomste uit SA hospitale styg
  • DIE BURGER (SAKE) Die hospitaalgroep Mediclinic se inkomste uit hospitale in Suider-Afrika gaan na verwagting met 5% tot R15,1 miljard styg in die boekjaar tot einde Maart. Mediclinic sê in ’n handelsoorsig die inkomste van sy hospitale in...
  • 18/04/2018
  • Mediclinic - 2018 full year trading update
  • MONEYWEB Mediclinic provided the following trading update ahead of the publication of the GroupÆs results for the year ended 31 March 2018 ("FY18") on 24 May 2018. The information on which this trading update is based represents the GroupÆs latest...
  • 18/04/2018
  • Mediclinic beats forecast
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Private hospital group Mediclinic International expects results for the year to March 31 to be slightly ahead of forecasts, thanks to a turnaround in its Abu Dhabi business and better than expected revenue growth in its southern...
  • 17/04/2018
  • Africa's growing healthcare insurance
  • BIZCOMMUNITY Rising levels of education, improving salaries and rapid urbanisation mean that health insurers and the private healthcare facilities they work with are commanding an increasing share of health services in Africa. These service...
  • 17/04/2018
  • Putting the health citizen first
  • E-HEALTH NEWS Managing Director at the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) of Southern Africa, Dr Katlego Mothudi, talks about putting the health citizen first in the delivery of universal health coverage (UHC) and what can be done to move beyond...
  • 15/04/2018
  • Healthcare firms and too-hot-to-handle global markets
  • BUSINESS TIMES When private hospital group Netcare announced a £2.2-billion (R38-billion) deal in 2006 to buy a controlling stake in the UK’s biggest private hospital group, General Healthcare Group, it confidently proclaimed that the transaction...
  • 12/04/2018
  • Putting the health citizen at the centre of UHC
  • BIZCOMMUNITY As healthcare systems worldwide evolve towards universal health coverage (UHC), there must be a move beyond technical policy evidence to an action plan driven by participation, collaboration and implementation, where the overarching...
  • 12/04/2018
  • Bitter pill for drug makers as fees hike nears under new
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Drug manufacturers will soon face a significant increase in the fees charged by SA’s new medicines regulator, as it moves to end an era in which firms enjoyed rates far below those levied in other countries. "We need to...
  • 12/04/2018
  • Free healthcare - can SA get it right?
  • KAYAFM In June last year cabinet issued a statement that the country was a step closer to finalising plans for access to free health care. Almost a year later and no further updates on the matter have been tabled. While some may argue that there is...
  • 11/04/2018
  • Nursing students locked out over protests
  • NEW AGE Students have been locked out at Ann Latsky Nursing College in Johannesburg for protesting over the non-delivery of books for their academic year, the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa Denosa said. The organisation's...
  • 11/04/2018
  • Vaccine 'still best guard against flu'
  • CAPE ARGUS When Stormers coach Robbie Fleck said the ranks of his team were dramatically thinned by a "hectic strain of flu", it prompted Netcare Travel Clinics and Medicross to say the influenza vaccine still offered the best protection. Dr Pete...
  • 11/04/2018
  • PMB provides 'a medical hub'
  • NEW AGE The upsurge in the number of private hospitals in the greater Pietermaritzburg area is likely to turn the city into a continental medical hub, says the local Chamber of Business. The chamber's chief executive officer, Melanie Veness,...
  • 06/04/2018
  • Data show sharp rise of cancers and chronic illnesses in SA
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Chronic diseases and cancers are becoming more prevalent in SA, data from insurer Discovery Health suggest. In 2017, the number of Discovery Health Medical Scheme members with at least one chronic condition rose 5.6% to...
  • 05/04/2018
  • Department denies shortage of nurses
  • DAILY SUN While the Limpopo Health Department says there's no shortage of nurses in the province, many qualified nurses are jobless. Over 108 qualified nurses who graduated from South African universities are struggling to find work, while...
  • 04/04/2018
  • SA's first health Tax - but will it work?
  • IOL Over the Easter weekend, South Africa became the first African country to impose an excise tax on sugary drinks, a move that has been welcomed by health experts but condemned as ‘nanny-ish’ by free marketers. The tax on sugary drinks, which...
  • 03/04/2018
  • Mediclinic announces its new Chief Executive
  • IOL Mediclinic International has named a new chief executive, Dr Ronnie van der Merwe, as a successor to the departing Danie Meintjes. Meintjes announced in July last year that he would be stepping down after serving as chief executive for eight...
  • 29/03/2018
  • Risk pooling in healthcare financing
  • BUSINESS REPORT Risk pooling is traditionally viewed as an insurance function, where financial risk associated with health interventions for which the need is uncertain is equitably shared by the covered population. Within health insurance...
  • 27/03/2018
  • Medical insurance is changing - for worse
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Insurance is a grudge purchase – a necessary expenditure most of us do not willingly make. However‚ all consumers of insurance need to take note of two events that happened in the last 12 months which are going to affect them...
  • 27/03/2018
  • Govt squeezing the life out of medical insurance
  • POLITICSWEB Jasson Urbach says SA consumers' options are being progressively limited through regulation How forcing medical schemes to cover 271 Prescribed Minimum Benefits raises the price of healthcare Drip by toxic drip, the South African...
  • 15/03/2018
  • New HIV infections down by 39% across SA
  • IOL New research says the country is making considerable progress in the fight against HIV/Aids, as new infections decreased by 39%. Research from the Institute for Race Relations (IRR) shows new HIV/Aids infections declined countrywide from...
  • 12/03/2018
  • VAT increase won't impact on medical aid contributions
  • BIZCOMMUNITY There has been much debate around the 1% value-added tax (VAT), its impact on consumers and just how this will affect the money left in their pockets at the end of the month. With the revised general fuel levy, it's clear that...
  • 09/03/2018
  • Healthcare workers are to be paid and to be kept on
  • REKORD Community healthcare CHW workers' jobs are no longer under threat. The Gauteng department of health confirmed this week that their services would not be terminated and that workers would be paid their stipends. The CHWs were not paid...
  • 09/03/2018
  • Shortage of 3 300 health inspectors countrywide
  • THE STAR Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has pledged to support the families of the 180 people who died of listeriosis if they proceed with legal action against the companies fingered in the outbreak of the food poisoning. Yesterday,...
  • 09/03/2018
  • Plan in the offering for medical students
  • THE MERCURY There may be some reprieve for South Africans who studied medicine overseas as a plan to accommodate them for training will be discussed next week. This comes after several graduates raised their concerns in light of a Health...
  • 08/03/2018
  • Tygerberg patients get life-saving surgery
  • NORTHERN NEWS Patients on Tygerberg Hospital patients are getting robot assisted prostate surgery thanks to a partnership between private and public hospitals. John Vraagom, who has stage2 prostate cancer, was the first of 10 state patients who...
  • 08/03/2018
  • Private hospital ready to combat 'Day Zero'
  • CONSTANTIABERG BULLETIN Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital and the Deputy Mayor of the Western Cape, Ian Nielsen, have opened up the first water filtration plant successfully installed at a private facility in the Western Cape, for consumption to...
  • 07/03/2018
  • Health practitioners assist recall
  • CAPE ARGUS The City of Cape Town's environmental health practitioners are set to assist with the recall of products following the national Department of Health's announcement that the source of the listeriosis outbreak has been identified. In...
  • 07/03/2018
  • Da Vinci turns surgery into art
  • TYGERBURGER Ten patients, all currently on Tygerberg Hospital's urology waiting list for urgent prostatectomy surgery, are benefiting from an ongoing relationship between Mediclinic and the Western Cape Department of Health. During the next few...
  • 06/03/2018
  • Resolution health’s solvency strengthened as membership grows
  • MONEY MARKETING Building on the gains of recent years Resolution Health Medical Scheme is poised to enter a new phase of growth and security, having attracted hundreds of new members since November last year in a largely stagnant medical schemes...
  • 06/03/2018
  • Medical inflation at lowest rate in six years
  • NEW AGE Medical inflation is at its lowest rate I in six years, says a new report. However, the figure is still relatively high at 10.5% as overall inflation measured by the Consumer Price Index in January is presently 4.4%. The Discovery...
  • 04/03/2018
  • Foreign trained doctors take on HPCSA
  • SAFRICA24 A growing number of medical students, parents, doctors and prominent legal figures have come out with guns blazing against a policy that makes it difficult for South Africans who studied medicine abroad to obtain Health Professions...
  • 02/03/2018
  • Cataract project launched
  • MARITZBURG SUN An innovative partnership driven by a civil society group has resulted in the city's private healthcare sector partnering with Northdale Hospital to help tackle the backlog of 6 000 patients needing eye surgery. The Active...
  • 01/03/2018
  • High-tech healthcare
  • DAILY SUN The provincial health department has partnered with Mediclinic to bring robotic surgery to patients in the Western Cape. Durbanville urologist Dr Gawie Bruwer will use the Da Vinci robot to perform surgical procedures on 10 prostate...
  • 01/03/2018
  • Da vinci brings cutting-edge surgery to hospitals
  • CAPE TIMES Da Vinci brings cutting-edge surgery to hospitals Staff Writer TEN patients on Tygerberg Hospital's urology waiting list will receive cutting-edge prostate surgery thanks to a partnership between Mediclinic and the provincial health...
  • 01/03/2018
  • Battling advanced health seeks empowerment partners
  • BUSINESS DAY Group Advanced Health is courting potential black economic empowerment (BEE) partners, as it sought to bolster its chances of doing business with the government, CEO Carl Grillenberger said on Thursday. “We are going to start...
  • 01/03/2018
  • Life Vincent Pallotti goes off the water grid
  • BIZCOMMUNITY Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital has opened its own water filtration plant, which meets the City of Cape Town and Department of Water and Sanitation's strict water crisis regulations. Life Healthcare engaged with officials from the...
  • 27/02/2018
  • Contradictions in SA’s health policies
  • IT ONLINE Governments are often tempted to obfuscate reality through populist promises. South Africa is no different in this regard, writes Michael Settas, a member of the Free Market Foundation’s Health Policy Unit. For 23 years, health policy...
  • 27/02/2018
  • Is NHI a healthy way to go?
  • DAILY NEWS In the face of divided public opinion, the much touted National Health Insurance NHI system looks set for full implementation in the coming years after the white paper gazetted by Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi in June 2017. The...
  • 27/02/2018
  • Medical schemes, from bad to worse?
  • BUSINESS ESSENTIALS Member satisfaction @ medical schemes… from bad to worse? Why? 2017 was the lowest SAsci score With premiums increasing well above inflation by approximately 10% each year, expectations around value for money in private...
  • 27/02/2018
  • The R256bn question: where is NHI going to get its money from?
  • BIZCOMMUNITY The idea behind National Health Insurance (NHI) is that it will operate as a single publicly financed and administered fund to which all South Africans will make compulsory contributions, based on their ability to pay. It would...
  • 25/01/2018
  • NHI - let us do it for Madiba
  • PRETORIA NEWS As the country celebrates 2018 as the year to honour Nelson Mandela, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi says the biggest tribute that the country can pay to Madiba would be to accelerate the implementation of the NHI The greatest...
  • 24/01/2018
  • Healthcare sector fraud on the rise
  • ENCA Medical aid schemes were defrauded to the tune of R10-billion in 2017 alone, the Board of Healthcare Funders said. The organisation said both professionals in the healthcare sector and members commit the offences. In 2017, R151-billion...
  • 22/01/2018
  • Anti-forces against nhi condemned
  • NEW AGE One would ask why there are anti-forces brewing brouhaha against the National Health Insurance (NHI) model which the government of the day through the Department of Health, intends to roll out to our people, especially the poorest of the...
  • 22/01/2018
  • Union stops its nurses from escorting patients
  • DAILY NEWS The provincial branch of the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) is stopping its members from escorting patients from one health care facility to another. The union said its members had been exploited and overworked for too...
  • 22/01/2018
  • Lifeline for Basson in recusal bid over bias
  • CAPE TIMES Cardiologist Dr Wouter Basson got a lifeline when the Supreme Court of Appeal ordered the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, to reconsider his application for the recusal of the chairperson and a committee member in his disciplinary...
  • 19/01/2018
  • A better approach to health care
  • THE STAR Dr Yogan Pillay from the Department of Health was not being truthful in his opinion piece, "Health of people key to economic health", published on January 11. The World Bank and World Health Organisation report did not indicate that South...
  • 19/01/2018
  • Why Netcare will not inject cash into UK business
  • BUSINESS DAY Private hospital group Netcare will not provide its UK business, BMI Healthcare, with a £20m injection and credit support, as the company has implemented a short-term arrangement with its lenders, Netcare says. BMI Healthcare, a...
  • 18/01/2018
  • Too expensive to practice medicine?
  • MEDICAL ACADEMIC A medical qualification is useless if you can’t afford to practice. The resultant emigration of healthcare professionals adds to SA’s doctor shortage – a situation which is placing the country’s entire healthcare system at...
  • 16/01/2018
  • 'Holiday's' for health on the up
  • CAPE ARGUS Medical tourism, with an estimated growth of between 15 percent and 25 percent each year globally, is an industry that tourism and medical entrepreneurs in South Africa can cash in on. This is according to Charnel Kara, tourism...
  • 14/01/2018
  • Finances plague nhi pilot project
  • CITY PRESS Finances plague NHI pilot project Doctors' and pharmacists' debit orders have been bouncing because they haven't received salaries The long-term viability of the National Health Insurance NHI system is in doubt because its pilot...
  • 11/01/2018
  • Health of people key to economic health
  • PRETORIA NEWS The recently launched World Bank and World Health Organisation WHO report on progress towards universal health coverage UHC suggests South Africa is on its way towards achieving universal health coverage, with its National Health...
  • 08/01/2018
  • Let us llay myths to rest and get on with healthcare provision
  • BIZCOMMUNITY At the Hospital Association of South Africa (Hasa) 2017 Conference last year, two private hospital chief executives and the head of the largest medical funder in the country laid to rest the myth that the private sector is implacably...
  • 31/08/2017
  • Private sector skills and resources cannot be lost to NHI
  • E-HEALTH NEWS The private sector has a wealth of expertise, processes and systems that can give the implementation of NHI in South Africa a major boost. Dr Clarence Mini from the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) of Southern Africa explains why...
  • 31/08/2017
  • NHI needs medical schemes to survive
  • FA NEWS The NHI white paper stipulates that until the National Health Insurance is fully implemented and matured, the role of medical schemes will not change. Director General of the Department of Health, Precious Matsoso says, ‘This doesn’t...
  • 31/08/2017
  • Aaron Motsoaledi takes flak over National Health Insurance
  • BUSINESS DAY Cosatu calls for axing of health minister, saying he is no longer in charge and private sector is dominating process. Trade union federation Cosatu accused Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Wednesday of attempting to water down...
  • 30/08/2017
  • Inquiry may call for body to track private healthcare quality
  • BUSINESS DAY The Competition Commission’s healthcare market inquiry is considering recommending that an independent body is established to monitor the quality of private healthcare services. Patients and medical schemes can shop around for the...
  • 30/08/2017
  • Aspen earnings return to health
  • BUSINESS DAY Aspen Pharmacare expects an improvement in earnings for the year to June following the devaluation of its Venezuelan business in the previous year, among other factors. On Wednesday, the company said the increase in earnings was...
  • 15/06/2017
  • Competition commission gets facts wrong about drug companies
  • BUSINESS DAY The Competition Commission is investigating Pfizer for charging excessive prices for a lung cancer drug that is not registered for sale in SA. On Tuesday‚ the commission stated it was investigating three pharmaceutical companies for...
  • 15/06/2017
  • Aspen loses Italy appeal over cancer drug prices
  • BUSSINESS DAY Africa’s biggest generic drug maker, Aspen Pharmacare, has lost its appeal against the €5.2m fine levied by the Italian Competition Authority over the price of some of its cancer drugs, a development that comes hard on the heels of...
  • 14/06/2017
  • Nurse shortage is worst for 20 years
  • IOL Hospitals are facing their worst nursing crisis in 20 years after a sudden drop in new arrivals from Europe, experts warn. Numbers coming from the EU have ‘crashed’ by 96 per cent in nine months. There were just 46 new registrations of...
  • 13/06/2017
  • Watchdog probes aspen for cancer drug pricing
  • BUSINESS DAY Africa’s biggest generic drug maker Aspen Pharmacare, already under investigation by European authorities over the price of its cancer drugs, is now under similar scrutiny from SA’s Competition Commission. On Tuesday, the commission...
  • 13/06/2017
  • Lawyers not the reason gynaes won’t deliver babies
  • MAIL AND GUARDIAN In a recent opinion piece for The Mail & Guardian, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi argued that the legal system has created perverse incentives for lawyers in the form of commission-based fees and that this is increasingly...
  • 13/06/2017
  • Teamwork can solve healthcare’s severe resource constraints
  • BUSINESS DAY The challenges facing the healthcare system are so immense that trying to describe them simply and then prescribing solutions is foolhardy. At the core of the challenge is the need for appropriate treatment and constant reflection...
  • 12/06/2017
  • COHSASA announces accreditation awards
  • EHEALTH NEW A COHSASA accreditation award means the healthcare organisations was scrutinised while it underwent a rigorous quality improvement programme. Healthcare facilities in Nigeria and Botswana, as well as in South Africa have been...
  • 12/06/2017
  • André Meyer steps down as life healthcare CEO
  • IOL Life Healthcare Group announced on Monday that André Meyer will step down as chief executive and as a member of the board with effect from 30 June after three years at the helm of the second largest private hospital operator in South Africa....
  • 11/06/2017
  • The effect of the new health cover regulations
  • PERSONAL FINANCE Regulations concerning choice of health insurance products, the benefits they offer, and the consumer-protection measures to which they must adhere, came into effect at the beginning of April. If you are using these products,...
  • 11/06/2017
  • Mercy op for severe keloids by world-renowned surgeon
  • IOL World-renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr Frank Graewe recently completed complicated surgery to remove severe keloids from a patient who has been unable to work for more than a year due to his condition. Aaron Hairundu, a patient...
  • 09/06/2017
  • South Africa last in healthcare efficiency study
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - South Africa was ranked last among 19 nations in a global survey that measured healthcare system efficiency – the ability to deliver maximum results at the lowest possible cost. The Future Health Index, commissioned by Dutch...
  • 02/06/2017
  • The real reason SA's doctors won't deliver your baby
  • MAIL AND GUARDIAN Medico-legal litigation has exploded. As of March 2016, claims against the health department from the previous five years stood at more than R37billion. By October that year, the figure had jumped to R51billion — or a third of the...
  • 02/06/2017
  • New regulator will also oversee medical devices
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Medical devices will now be regulated, with the newly established regulatory body, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra), replacing the Medicines Control Council (MCC) from yesterday. Medical devices and...
  • 02/06/2017
  • Day hospitals: the answer to rising health costs?
  • BIZCOMMUNITY South Africans are faced with the constant increases in the cost of living and an ailing economy, forcing consumers to cut down on spending across the board. For a small percentage of the population, healthcare costs are covered by...
  • 01/06/2017
  • Nurse shortage worsened by alarming bureaucratic bungling
  • MONEYWEB South Africa has a dire shortage of registered nurses, yet those wanting to enter the profession are now finding a closed door. The pipeline of registered nurses in South Africa has ‘paused’ – and hospitals and students are being...
  • 01/06/2017
  • Private health out of reach for many
  • MAIL AND GUARDIAN Discussions and debate are focused on state capture and its effect on the economy, but there is another beast eating away at productivity, hurting the economy and undermining our health system. South Africa is open for medical...
  • 01/06/2017
  • Henri van Breda gister in die hooggeregshof in Kaapstad
  • DIE BURGER Regter sal se of Henri slagoffer of verdagte was Jana Breytenbach Regter Siraj Desai sal vandag uitspraak lewer of die polisie Henri van Breda as 'n slagoffer of verdagte hanteer het op die dag toe hy sy verklaring aan hulle afgele het....
  • 01/06/2017
  • Mediclinic Paarl word groter
  • PAARL POST Mediclinic Paarl het onlangs begin met 'n bou en opgraderingsprojek aan die hospitaal. Die projek sal na raming ongeveer drie jaar duur en die eindresultaat behels 'n nuwe teaterkompleks, twee nuwe sale met meer privaatkamers en die...
  • 31/05/2017
  • Health-market inquiry under fire for 'lax fact checking'
  • BUSINESS DAY Independent economics consultancy Econex has criticised the Competition Commission’s health-market inquiry for sounding the alarm over the potentially anticompetitive effects of Remgro’s and Afrocentric’s interests in the private...
  • 31/05/2017
  • Van Breda had a beer before going to hospital
  • HERALD LIVE Henri van Breda had a beer with the family of his sister’s boyfriend before going to a hospital to have his wounds stitched. He says he sustained the injuries when an axe-wielding man murdered his family and attacked...
  • 31/05/2017
  • Henri was emotional after axe murders - uncle
  • NEWS24 Cape Town - Henri van Breda was emotional when his uncle saw him on the day his parents and brother were murdered, Andre du Toit testified in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday. Du Toit, Teresa van Breda’s older brother, said when...
  • 12/05/2017
  • Minister to hold networking session
  • TNA REPORTER Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and his MECs are today expected to hold a two-day media networking session on the National Health Insurance (NHI). This as the government prepares to push forward with the NHI fund that will help...
  • 11/05/2017
  • Healthcare funders happy to talk
  • BUSINESS DAY Director-general Precious Matsoso pleads with medical schemes and stakeholders to come up with innovative and inclusive ideas. The Department of Health has initiated dialogue with healthcare funders, which have complained about...
  • 11/05/2017
  • Climb-down on medical aids
  • THE TIMES The Department of Health has done a U-turn on its plan to scrap medical aid schemes, saying they should work with the state when it rolls out National Health Insurance instead. Department director-general Precious Matsoso met leaders...
  • 08/05/2017
  • Improved provider reimbursement models needed in SA
  • E-HEALTH NEWS The implementation and adoption of alternative models of provider reimbursement is crucial to the sustainability of the South African healthcare sector. The Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern African (BHF) has announced that...
  • 08/05/2017
  • Is 'all-in-one healthcare' a dream?
  • BHEKISISA Is getting all you need from one health team far fetched? Actually not. It's one field where the public health system beats the private one. Imagine walking into a primary healthcare clinic in the rural Eastern Cape where a nurse is...
  • 07/05/2017
  • Generic medicines could save SA millions
  • CITY PRESS South Africans often prefer branded medicine over generics, but the latest research from Mediscor shows that this is slowly changing, albeit not quickly enough. The research shows that last year about one in five prescriptions for...
  • 07/05/2017
  • Health shares ailing as costs cut growth
  • BUSINESS TIMES In uncertain times, investors turn towards defensive stocks such as healthcare, where prospects aren’t as dependent on the overall economic cycle as retail shares. However, it is an investment ethos that has recently provided little...
  • 05/05/2017
  • BHF weighs in on global fee debate
  • BIZCOMMUNITY Implementing and adopting alternative models of provider reimbursement are crucial to the sustainability of the healthcare sector. South African consumers have faced unavoidable medical scheme tariff increases far beyond inflation and,...
  • 27/04/2017
  • Medical Insurance: It’s easier to take the gap now
  • FINANCIAL MAIL The policies have their place, as some specialists in hospitals charge more than 500% of medical scheme rates The business of gap cover, which takes care of shortfalls in medical aid payments, was once seen as a rogue...
  • 27/04/2017
  • Act on costly private care
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Government continues to ignore much needed policy reform on private health care, adding strain to medical aids More than 50% of medical aid options in 2015 ran at a loss — spending more money on sick members than they earned in...
  • 27/04/2017
  • European shares fall as ECB stands pat, banks drop
  • MONEYWEB Pan-European benchmark index down 0.2%. MILAN – European shares fell from 20-month highs on Thursday as weaker banks weighed, with the broader market little moved by a widely expected European Central Bank decision to stand pat on...
  • 25/04/2017
  • Desperately seeking a viable healthcare payment system
  • BIZCOMMUNITY SOUTH Africa’s private healthcare sector is under severe pressure, particularly with rampant inflation tracking at rates higher than CPI, creating a system that will eventually, in the not too distant future, become unsustainable. In...
  • 25/04/2017
  • Medical scheme body told to give more details
  • BUSINESS DAY The Competition Tribunal has ordered the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) to submit further details and consolidate its case against the South African Medical Association (Sama) in a long battle over how specialists bill patients. The...
  • 25/04/2017
  • China eyes bigger Africa health role
  • BUSINESS DAY CHINA’S efforts to encourage its pharmaceutical firms to enter Africa and speed up the pace of technological transfer and pharmaceutical production have been welcomed by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. SA relies heavily on imported...
  • 24/04/2017
  • Aspen in competition commission price-fixing probe
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - Pharmaceutical firm Aspen Pharmacare [JSE:APN], which is under preliminary investigation for alleged anti-competitive behaviour, said it welcomes the process and the opportunity to set these allegations aside. In a company...
  • 31/03/2017
  • Inquiry move a blow to Motsoaledi
  • BUSINESS DAY The Competition Commission’s Health Market Inquiry has announced that it has not accepted a controversial report on private hospital prices commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) because it failed to provide the underlying...
  • 31/03/2017
  • Business Report special project: Council for Medical Schemes
  • BUSINESS REPORT/HEALTH NEWS DAILY NEWSLETTER Lifestyle diseases epidemic impacting medical schemes Diseases related to unhealthy lifestyles and poor diet are an increasing health and economic burden that also impact negatively on medical...
  • 31/03/2017
  • Netcare adjusted heps expected to fall
  • BUSINESS LIVE Hospital group Netcare said its adjusted headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the first half of its 2017 financial year were expected to be between nine percent and 13 percent lower than the adjusted HEPS of 91c reported for the...
  • 29/03/2017
  • Committee hears of NHI pilot problems
  • BUSINESS DAY Teething problems at provincial health departments including a lack of co-ordination, poor planning and uncertainty in districts, remain stumbling blocks to the effective testing of how the National Health Insurance (NHI) will work at...
  • 03/03/2017
  • Abu Dhabi drags Mediclinic down
  • REUTERS.COM International healthcare operator Mediclinic is lobbying the Abu Dhabi government to rethink a change in medical insurance rules that has damaged its business after it bet big on acquiring Al Noor Hospitals, its regional chief executive...
  • 01/03/2017
  • Aspen signs off on GSK drug transaction
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - South Africa's biggest generic drug maker Aspen Pharmacare [JSE:APN] signed off on an agreement with GlaxoSmithKline to acquire a portfolio of anaesthetics, the company reported on Wednesday. The company will pay an initial...
  • 01/03/2017
  • Mediclinic opens new emergency centre
  • NEWS24.COM Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg made history recently when it opened the first private Emergency Centre in KwaZulu-Natal which will be run by two emergency medicine specialists, Dr Sandy Inglis and Dr Daniel Fiandeiro, from today, 1 March....
  • 01/03/2017
  • Medical schemes should be celebrated not criticised
  • Ophthalmology News Psychiatry News Pharmacy News Cardiology News By Jasson Urbach, Economist at the Free Market Foundation of Southern Africa Medical aid [schemes] are a crime against humanity... [and] an atrocity", were the words used by...
  • 23/02/2017
  • NHI fund to be established this year
  • MONEYWEB.CO.ZA The National Health Insurance (NHI) fund is to be established this year, according to finance minister Pravin Gordhan. The fund will initially focus on improving access to a common set of maternal health, ante-natal and family...
  • 23/02/2017
  • NHI Fund to be established
  • FIN24.COM Pretoria – Treasury plans to prioritise finalising the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill and it will establish an NHI Fund. This is according to the National Budget which was delivered by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in...
  • 23/02/2017
  • NHI fund to start operating this year
  • BUSINESS DAY Maternal health services among the first benefits scheme will offer The government plans to set up a National Health Insurance (NHI) fund this year that may be partially financed by a reduction in the tax subsidy currently given to...
  • 23/02/2017
  • New fund is next phase in establishing NHI
  • BUSINESS REPORT The Government is moving towards the next phase of the implementation of National Health Insurance (NHI). Finance Minister Pray in Gordhan confirmed during his Budget speech yesterday that an NHI Fund would be established in the...
  • 22/02/2017
  • NHI fund to be established
  • THE NEW AGE Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday said a National Health Insurance (NHI) fund is set to be established in 2017. Gordhan said the focus of the fund will “improve access to a common set of maternal health, ante-natal...
  • 20/02/2017
  • NHI to be expedited
  • DAILY NEWS Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi believes the government's radical economic transformation plan will speed up the full implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI). Motsoaledi told Independent Media at the weekend that while...
  • 10/02/2017
  • NHI to be implemented over 14-year period, says Zuma
  • Eye Witness News President Jacob Zuma says the NHI programme, which has three phases, is currently in its first phase. President Jacob Zuma says the national health insurance (NHI) will only be implemented over a 14-year period, in three...
  • 09/02/2017
  • ‘We are seeing a turnaround in Mediclinic’
  • MONEYWEB David Shapiro considers today’s market – commodities, mining shares, Mr Price, retailers, Cashbuild, Spar, Shoprite, Naspers, Mediclinic, Group Five and Royal Bafokeng Platinum SIKI MGABADELI: Good evening and welcome to the SAfm...
  • 08/02/2017
  • Dire shortage of nurses nationwide
  • CAPE ARGUS Cape Town – There's a glaring shortage of nurses nationwide, nursing union Denosa (The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa) has said, due to apparent technical failure of IT systems at the South African Nursing Council which...
  • 08/02/2017
  • SANC ‘threatens’ Denosa
  • THE NEW AGE The South African Nursing Council has threatened to take legal action against the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) for what it calls malicious and callous statements made by the organisation. This after it...
  • 08/02/2017
  • Baanbreker-breinoperasie deur oog gedoen
  • BEELD/DIE BURGER In 'n operasie wat die eerste keer ter wereld gedoen is, het 'n span SuidAfrikaanse dokters aan die regterkantse basis van 'n vrou se skedel gewerk deur 'n piepklein gaatjie in die hoek van haar linkeroog te maak. Die...
  • 07/02/2017
  • Esidimeni: SA's biggest mental health scandal
  • IOL The chaotic and ultimately deadly transfer of the Esidimeni patients was a slow-motion accident that could have been stopped, writes Kerry Cullinan. The deaths of 94 mentally ill patients transferred from Esidimeni centre is the biggest...
  • 06/02/2017
  • ‘Medical aids are a crime and an atrocity’
  • CAPE TIMES Medical aid schemes are a “crime against humanity” and should be abolished because they cannot co-exist with the government’s proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, according to Dr Kgosi Letlape. The president of the Health...
  • 06/02/2017
  • ‘Abolish private medical aid’
  • INDEPENDENT ONLINE Durban – Medical Aid Schemes are a “crime against humanity” and should be abolished because they cannot co-exist with the government’s proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. SA Health Professions Council president Dr...
  • 01/02/2017
  • Dr Sipho Kabane named acting CE of medical schemes council
  • TIMES LIVE An Acting Chief Executive and Registrar for medical schemes has been appointed by Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi‚ after the sudden death of the Council for Medical Schemes' respected registrar Dr Humphrey Zokufa in January. He...
  • 01/02/2017
  • HMI Public Hearings Announced
  • MEDICAL CHRONICLE The Health Market Inquiry into the Private Healthcare Sector (HMI) is about to enter the final public hearings phase of the investigative process. The Chairperson of the HMI, Justice Sandile Ngcobo, provided progress on the HMI...
  • 31/01/2017
  • Sugar tax likely to cost formal beverages sector R1.4b
  • THE CITIZEN Treasury also said the proposed tax was not meant to be used as a tool to raise revenue, but was rather meant to ‘promote healthy’ living. The so-called “sugar tax” is not meant to be a revenue-raising instrument, but was intended as...
  • 29/01/2017
  • Hospital insurance may not be what you think
  • SUNDAY TIMES Consumers who cannot afford medical aid often opt for hospital insurance plans thinking they have comprehensive emergency cover, only to find out that they don’t. When Jade Cherice Smith’s baby started bleeding after a “bout of gastro”...
  • 29/01/2017
  • Medical aid clients sick of annual hikes
  • SUNDAY TIMES If Johannesburg communications consultant Lianne Osterberger hadn’t downgraded her medical aid, her family of four would have been paying more than R10 000 a month in premiums. A steep, above-inflation increase in her premium forced...
  • 27/01/2017
  • Path Health to sell to Mediclinic
  • THE NEW AGE MEDICLINIC yesterday confirmed that it will acquire a majority stake in Life Path Health. Life Path Health is a mental health treatment provider operating seven facilities in the Western Cape, with a further three in the process of...
  • 25/01/2017
  • CMS clarifies facts regarding beneficiary registry
  • MONEY MARKETING The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) says in a statement today that it “noted with great concern the recent press statements and subsequent radio and television interviews regarding the beneficiary registry (BR).” The CMS adds...
  • 25/01/2017
  • Minister under fire for staff shortages
  • IOL Cape Town – The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa) says Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has failed to sufficiently address the shortage of staff in public hospitals and clinics. Hospersa also says more can be...
  • 25/01/2017
  • Mediclinic to acquire majority stake in life path health
  • CFO SOUTH AFRICA Mediclinic Southern Africa has announced that it will acquire a majority stake in Life Path Health, a mental health treatment provider which currently operates seven facilities in the Western Cape, with plans for more in other...
  • 25/01/2017
  • Mediclinic acquires majority stake in life path health
  • EHEALTH NEWS Mediclinic Southern Africa has confirmed that it will acquire a majority stake in Life Path Health. The Life Path Health Group is a network of hospitals providing mental health inpatient treatment and addiction treatment in private...
  • 24/01/2017
  • Mediclinic ventures into Mental Health
  • BIZCOMMUNITY Private hospital group, Mediclinic Southern Africa, has acquired a majority stake in Life Path Health, a mental health treatment provider operating seven facilities currently concentrated in the Western Cape, with a further three in...
  • 24/01/2017
  • Mediclinic to acquire majority stake in life path health
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - Mediclinic Southern Africa [JSE:MEI] confirmed on Tuesday that it will acquire a majority stake in Life Path Health. Life Path Health is a mental health treatment provider which operates seven facilities currently concentrated...
  • 23/01/2017
  • Humphrey Zokufa dies
  • BUSINESS DAY Zokufa died on Sunday after a short illness, after taking up his appointment as CEO at the CMS in November Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) registrar and CEO Dr Humphrey Zokufa died on Sunday after a short illness, according to a...
  • 12/01/2017
  • Road accidents hurt medical scheme, state
  • BUSINESS DAY The Road Accident Fund faces huge claims as road death toll increased 5% over the 2016-17 festive season Discovery Health Medical Scheme, SA’s largest medical aid provider, and the state’s Road Accident Fund (RAF) are paying dearly...
  • 11/01/2017
  • Generic medicine market to continue growth trend in 2017
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - South Africa’s pharmaceutical industry has continued to weather the storm amid tough economic conditions, said Erik Roos, CEO of generic medicine company Pharma Dynamics in a statement. “Since 2012, originators have...
  • 11/01/2017
  • 15 facts you should know about open medical schemes
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - How much do you really know about the inner workings of your medical scheme? Here are some quick facts on open medical schemes in SA. Whereas each scheme will readily provide you with the facts on themselves, not everyone...
  • 09/01/2017
  • Business day TV: challenging year ahead for healthcare industry
  • BUSINESS DAY Roshan Bhana, head of Alexander Forbes Health discusses the findings of the its health diagnosis for 2016 and 2017, as the healthcare industry faces a fair amount of change in the year ahead. BUSINESS DAY TV: As South Africans brace...
  • 07/01/2017
  • Three restricted medical schemes top sustainability index
  • PERSONAL FINANCE Three restricted medical schemes have again achieved the highest scores on an index that measures their sustainability. The scheme for members of the South African Police Service, Polmed, was the top scorer for the third year in a...
  • 14/12/2016
  • Changes to dagga laws for medicinal use only
  • IOL Johannesburg – The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has warned the public that the proposed amendments to allow for the medical use of dagga would be implemented along strict guidelines. "On 23 November, Parliament's Portfolio...
  • 13/12/2016
  • Escalating private healthcare costs in SA under the spotlight
  • Health News Daily Newsletter Board of Healthcare Funders Media Release According to Dr Anna van Poucke, Head of Healthcare at KPMG in The Netherlands, escalating private healthcare costs are a universal problem and therefore not unique to South...
  • 13/12/2016
  • SA’s closet deals between doctors and drug makers
  • BUSINESS DAY South African patients are oblivious of the hidden hand of the pharmaceutical industry, which every year pays millions of rand in speakers’ fees, free meals and research grants to doctors and research institutions. There is no legal...
  • 09/12/2016
  • Pharmacy body fights closed network
  • BUSINESS LIVE The Independent Community Pharmacy Association, which represents the interests of independent pharmacies, is taking Fedhealth to court for going ahead with plans to introduce a closed pharmacy network. This will force the medical aid...
  • 08/12/2016
  • Adcock acquires Pharma-Q rights
  • BUSINESS LIVE Adcock Ingram Critical Care (AICC) has gained commercial rights to the Pharma-Q range of products in South Africa. The deal strengthens the offerings of the two companies, expanding their basket of products including the licensing of...
  • 07/12/2016
  • Deaths caused by lung and cervical cancers jump in SA
  • BUSINESS LIVE Greater numbers of South Africans are dying from lung and cervical cancer, according to a study released by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). In 2015 alone, these cancers were responsible for the deaths of 19 160...
  • 07/12/2016
  • Contributions to GEMS medical scheme to rise 15 percent
  • BUSINESS LIVE South Africa’s 1.3-million public servants have until Thursday to consider whether to amend their healthcare plans, after it was agreed on yesterday that contributions to the Government Employees’ Medical Scheme (GEMS) will rise 15...
  • 07/12/2016
  • 'Not up to judges to say when people could die'
  • TIMES LIVE Issues about choosing when to die were "engaging profound moral questions beyond the remit of judges to determine [and] should be decided by the representatives of the people of the country as a whole". This was the view of the...
  • 06/12/2016
  • Medical benefits under review
  • TIMES LIVE Medical aid consumers are facing premium increases of 10 percent or more next year, but the medical aid regulator may be finally doing something about rising costs. The Council for Medical Schemes announced last week that it is reviewing...
  • 06/12/2016
  • Council for Medical Schemes must put the consumer first
  • TIMES LIVE The council for Medical Schemes is to review the prescribed minimum benefits that private medical schemes must pay. That the council is doing this should prompt all medical aid members to sit up and take notice because it has...
  • 25/11/2016
  • Revealed: SA's health crisis
  • BUSINESS DAY Previously unpublished government records paint a grim picture of a failing public health system, a worrying lack of disclosure about its shortcomings, and an oversight mechanism that has done little to raise standards. Data...
  • 25/11/2016
  • More patients treated in hospitals
  • BUSINESS DAY Hospitals have steadily increased their admission rates over the past five years for overnight stays and day procedures, suggesting the private healthcare market has systematically shifted towards treating patients in hospitals instead...
  • 25/11/2016
  • 'No private gynaecologists left by 2020'
  • THE HERALD Insurance costs forcing doctors out Medical negligence claims are forcing maternity doctors out of private practice — so much so that the gynaecologist society has warned there will not be any left in the private sector by 2020....
  • 25/11/2016
  • NHI fails to make difference
  • BUSINESS DAY, DAILY DISPATCH Questions linger over pilot project Hospitals and clinics in the government's flagship National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot programme are failing to improve any faster than those in the rest of the country,...
  • 25/11/2016
  • Netcare hospital in Cape Town to open
  • BUSINESS DAY Every patient can expect a bed with a view at the brand new Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital in Cape Town — the first phase of a nearly R1bn medical precinct. The building is the latest addition to the city's foreshore....
  • 24/11/2016
  • New heart device paves way
  • THE NEW AGE A new shock device implanted under the skin of a patient without a single wire touching the heart is a first in sub-Saharan Africa. The new device to prevent sudden cardiac death was implanted on patient Jan Wiehman, 55, of...
  • 24/11/2016
  • Netcare profits jump 19%
  • CFO.CO.ZA If the world's economy has slowed, Netcare does not seem to be feeling it. In the Group’s 2016 annual financial results released on 21 November, it noted that group revenue was up 12.1%, to R37 796 million, group EBITDA was up 11.2% to R5...
  • 23/11/2016
  • Subcutaneous ICD comes to Africa
  • BIZCOMMUNITY For patients at risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a viable treatment option. It has been shown to effectively stop 95% or more arrhythmias and has a survival rate of about 19 out of...
  • 23/11/2016
  • 'Shocking' new heart implant device
  • CAPE ARGUS A new device that can be placed under the skin without a single wire touching the heart is set to revolutionise the treatment of abnormal heart arrhythmia and sudden cardiac arrest. Jan Wiehman, 55, of Welgemoed yesterday became the...
  • 23/11/2016
  • Netcare targets mental healthcare demand
  • MEDICAL BRIEF Private hospital group Netcare has agreed to buy Akeso Clinics for R1.3bn, as it seeks to capitalise on growing demand for mental healthcare services, reports Business Day. Akeso is a chain of 10 psychiatric health facilities, with...
  • 22/11/2016
  • Drade loop nie deur enige bloedvate niev
  • DIE BURGER EERSTE VIR MEDICLINIC PANORAMA Drie jaar gelede ontsnap hy uit die kloue van die dood toe sy hart tydens 'n fietstoer gaan staan; vandag is hy die eerste pasiënt in Suid-Afrika en Afrika suid van die Sahara op wie 'n nuwegenerasie...
  • 21/11/2016
  • Netcare to buy Akeso for R1.3bn
  • IOL Johannesburg - South Africa's second-largest private hospital firm Netcare will buy Akeso Clinics, a chain of psychiatric health facilities, for R1.3 billion ($91 million), the firm said on Monday. Netcare, which runs Britain's largest...
  • 21/11/2016
  • UK hospital rentals send Netcare profit into nosedive
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE A R2bn write-down to account for changes in Netcare’s UK hospital rentals led the group’s after tax profit to dive 57% to R1bn for its financial year to end-September, it reported on Monday. Netcare said its UK subsidiary, BMI...
  • 16/11/2016
  • Life healthcare enters U.K. with $995 million alliance deal
  • BLOOMBERG Life Healthcare Group Holdings Ltd. agreed to buy diagnostics specialist Alliance Medical Group Ltd. for as much as 800 million pounds ($995 million) including debt as the South African company follows larger competitors by expanding into...
  • 04/11/2016
  • SA’s public health sector faces crisis
  • IOL Cape Town - A crisis in the public health sector is inevitable, due to the Department of Health’s freezing of vacant posts, doctors and nurses’ unions said. The move is meant to cut costs, but unions including the Cape Metro Health Forum...
  • 03/11/2016
  • Funding for private healthcare sector in crisis
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - Private healthcare in South Africa is structured so that doctors work alone rather than in teams and are remunerated for the quantity of services they deliver rather than for quality of the outcome, according to Dr Brian Ruff,...
  • 02/11/2016
  • NHI struggles to take off
  • THE NEW AGE The sustainable improvement of South Africa's healthcare system including the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI), is being stalled by competing challenges including an increase in medical litigation. Opening the...
  • 02/11/2016
  • Historic operation done at Panorama
  • Tygerburger (Brackenfell) Tygerburger (De Grendel) Tygerburger (Durbanville) Tygerburger (Goodwood) Tygerburger (Parow) Tygerburger (Kuilsrivier) Tygerburger (Table View) Ahistoric operation at Mediclinic Panorama lasted just 20 minutes,...
  • 29/10/2016
  • New proposals for limits on healthcare insurance
  • IOL The benefits you can enjoy on medical gap cover and hospital cash plans are likely to be limited and top-up cover banned on new insurance policies from April next year and on existing policies from January 2018, if draft regulations published...
  • 28/10/2016
  • ‘Private ambulances uncaring’
  • THE STAR The “uncaring” practice by some private ambulance companies of leaving patients who cannot afford to pay for medical services “to die” instead of stabilising them and taking them to hospital is soon going to be a thing of the past....
  • 28/10/2016
  • Motsepe in health initiative
  • DAILY DISPATCH New firm's focus on reform Patrice Motsepe's African Rainbow Capital (ARC) has set up a new company, ARC Health, to invest in reforming and restructuring South Africa's private healthcare industry. It will also help to...
  • 28/10/2016
  • Motsoaledi defends NHI
  • THE NEW AGE Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has hit at critics of the soon-to-be introduced National Health Insurance (NHI). Motsoaledi said same people were supporting the Fees Must Fall campaign without recognising the link between the two....
  • 27/10/2016
  • Health and basic services to feel pain of R40bn spending cut
  • BUSINESS DAY The effect of R40bn in spending cuts will be felt most in the public health system, the provision of free basic services, the roads network, and in the limitations placed on water and electricity provision in rural areas, Treasury...
  • 27/10/2016
  • Patrice Motsepe’s plan for cheaper private healthcare
  • DESTINY MAN Business tycoon Patrice Motsepe has launched a new company, ARC Health, which he wants to use to reform the private healthcare sector in SA In an interview with Business Day, Motsepe said he wants ARC Health to become a game-changer...
  • 27/10/2016
  • High insurance squeezing obstetricians out of practice
  • DISTRICT MAIL Private gynaecologists in the Helderberg will continue delivering babies, despite high medical insurance costs. The spotlight was turned on obstetrics in recent weeks after several private gynaecologists in Worcester decided to...
  • 27/10/2016
  • Koordlose pasaangeër deur lies ingeplant
  • NETWERK24, DIE BURGER, BEELD, VOLKSBLAD 'n Koordlose pasaangeër, wat klein genoeg is om met 'n kateter deur die lies tot by die hart ingevoer te word, is onlangs die eerste keer in plaaslike pasiënte ingeplant. Die Medtronic Micra is deur dr....
  • 26/10/2016
  • Health spending to increase 8% over three years
  • FIN24 Cape Town – South Africa’s health sector accounts for 12% of public spending and it’s the third-fastest growing expenditure item in the budget, said Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his medium-term budget. Health sector budgets in...
  • 25/10/2016
  • Free education and healthcare for poor, same side of the coin
  • BUSINESS DAY Education and healthcare are the two issues in which the state has to provide the resources, writes Aaron Motsoaledi. The Department of Health will invest R17bn over the next three years into upgrading public clinics to "workable"...
  • 25/10/2016
  • ‘No will to drive NHI’
  • IOL Johannesburg - Falling state revenue collections and warnings from the finance minister that South Africa has a very constrained package and tough choices have to be made might drive a rift between National Health Insurance (NHI) hard liners...
  • 25/10/2016
  • Medical funds in need of resuscitation — urgently
  • BUSINESS DAY Latest operational performance figures show industry and government need to enact reforms to prevent collapse, writes James Arens The recently released annual report of the Council for Medical Schemes shows that medical schemes are...
  • 23/10/2016
  • City patient receives world's smallest pacemaker
  • IOL The world’s smallest pacemaker, comparable to the size of a large vitamin, has been fitted into the heart of a Brackenfell resident. The minute pacemaker is lead-free, and at 6.7mm in diameter and 25.9mm in length is only one-tenth the size...
  • 21/10/2016
  • Pioneering mini pacemaker technology comes to Africa
  • BIZCOMMUNITY In an African first, a series of four procedures to implant the world's smallest pacemaker was performed at Mediclinic Panorama in Cape Town over a two-day period this week. The Medtronic Micra® Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) is...
  • 20/10/2016
  • World's smallest pacemaker implanted in SA patient
  • HEALTH24 The world’s smallest pacemaker, measuring 6,7 mm in diameter, has been implanted into the heart of a 74-year-old woman from Brackenfell in Cape Town. This groundbreaking commercial implant, the first of its kind in Africa post FDA...
  • 19/10/2016
  • The world’s smallest pacemaker implanted at Mediclinic Panorama
  • THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE BLOG On Monday 17 October 2016 Dr Razeen Gopal, Cardiac Electrophysiologist at the Cape Town Atrial Fibrillation Centre located in Mediclinic Panorama, percutaneously inserted the world’s smallest pacemaker into the heart...
  • 13/10/2016
  • Funding for health innovation: How does South Africa measure up?
  • HELATH-E NEWS Innovators, policymakers, and investors gathered in Johannesburg last month for the South Africa Innovation Summit and after this, it is worth asking, are we as a nation doing enough to finance health innovation and technology? Dr...
  • 13/10/2016
  • Patients bear the brunt of unregulated private healthcare
  • BIZCOMMUNITY It is no secret that, notwithstanding the burden of sickness afflicting our country, healthcare costs continue to soar within a largely unregulated South African market. “For example, the impact of prescribed minimum benefits at cost...
  • 13/10/2016
  • SA health sector faces a crisis
  • NEWS24 South Africa compares unfavourably with middle-income countries on the ratios of medical and dental professionals, and many districts have limited access to specialists and subspecialists. Even South Africa’s private sector has fewer...
  • 13/10/2016
  • New legislation in advanced stage
  • CAPE ARGUS Breast cancer advocates have called for draft legislation that promotes breast health to be fast-tracked, arguing the policy would result in equitable and sustainable treatment of breast cancer. Advocates...
  • 12/10/2016
  • Outcry over healthcare budget cut
  • NEW AGE The South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (Sasa) is up in arms over cuts to training budgets by provincial health departments despite a shortage of specialists in the country. The freezing of specialists' posts due to budget cuts in...
  • 11/10/2016
  • Independent day hospitals offer a cost-effective alternative
  • MEDIA RELEASE: The Day Hospital Association of South Africa Double-digit increases in medical aid member contributions already announced by medical schemes for 2017 perpetuate the dilemma the industry finds itself in, namely to accept increases...
  • 11/10/2016
  • New registrar for medical council
  • NEW AGE THE Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa yesterday announced the departure of its MD Dr Humphrey Zokufa after 10 years at the helm. Zokufa has been appointed as the registrar of the Council of Medical Schemes. The board...
  • 06/10/2016
  • Protests a worry for health care
  • CAPE TIMES THE #FeesMustFall protests will have dire consequences for the national health care system if the number of junior doctors entering the field next year is impacted by medical students not being able to complete their final year, health...
  • 06/10/2016
  • Genesis announces a mere 4.7% hike in 2017 premiums
  • FANEWS Whilst the 2017 annual contribution increases of medical schemes and the funding of private healthcare in South Africa have been highly contentious issues over the past few weeks, Genesis Medical Scheme has announced what is likely to be the...
  • 06/10/2016
  • Giant medical scheme amalgamation going ahead
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - The amalgamation between Bonitas Medical Fund (Bonitas) and LMS Medical Scheme (previously known as Liberty Medical Scheme) has received the stamp of approval by the Competition Commission and the Council of Medical Schemes...
  • 06/10/2016
  • Bonitas and LMS join forces amid a stressed economy
  • BIZCOMMUNITY.COM Against the current tight economic background and a healthcare system that's in a state of flux, medical aids Bonitas and LMS (Liberty Medical Scheme) have announced that they have received approval from both the Competition...
  • 03/10/2016
  • Gems strategy to align with NHI roadmap
  • INSURANCE GATEWAY The journey towards universal healthcare access is gaining momentum, firmly supported by South Africa’s largest restricted medical scheme. This was one of the key messages to come out of the Government Employees Medical Scheme’s...
  • 03/10/2016
  • 'NHI the only affordable option'
  • NEW AGE Experts say the government's National Health Insurance initiative is the answer to affordable healthcare and soaring medical aid costs EXPERTS believe the government's proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) initiative, aimed at...
  • 03/10/2016
  • Market turns on Mediclinic
  • NEW AGE Massive operational losses in the Middle East, following its takeover of rival Al Noor last year, have trimmed its value even as it looks to taking over other rivals. Massive losses in the Middle East continue to undermine Mediclinic...
  • 30/09/2016
  • The National Council Profile on The Council for Medical Schemes
  • BUSINESS REPORT - THE STAR, PRETORIA NEWS, THE MERCURY, CAPE TIMES Governance in medical schemes continues to be a challenge in the regulatory framework. Moreover, the healthcare system is marred by inequitable access to care and healthcare...
  • 30/09/2016
  • Universal cover, working hard to broaden healthcare access
  • BUSINESS REPORT - THE STAR, PRETORIA NEWS, THE MERCURY, CAPE TIMES South Africa is making great strides towards the realisation of universal access to healthcare, with preparations for the introduction of National Health Insurance (NHI) well...
  • 29/09/2016
  • 'Ooievaars' benoud oor duur versekering
  • PAARL POST Waar plaaslike swanger vroue eers die keuse tussen vier ginekoloë in die Paarl gehad het, is daar nou slegs twee verloskundiges wat privaat die gespesialiseerde diens aanbied. Die nuus van buitensporige versekeringskoste wat...
  • 29/09/2016
  • Remgro: Tentacles of a giant
  • FINANCIAL MAIL WHAT IT MEANS: Growth in Remgro’s listed investments tops unlisted stakes. No structural changes planned for portfolio. Investment behemoth Remgro, which holds a portfolio worth more than R150bn, may be facing a structural...
  • 28/09/2016
  • Private healthcare greed threatens medical scheme system
  • FIN24.COM Every year your medical scheme contribution increases sharply – often as much as double the CPI rate. Last week two schemes, Momentum Health and Discovery Health, announced average increases in the double digits to the dismay of many...
  • 28/09/2016
  • Remgro to raise R9.9bn for Distell
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Just hours before SABMiller confirmed its shareholders had overwhelmingly approved the Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) deal, Remgro announced a R9.9bn rights offer intended to fund the acquisition of SABMiller’s 26.4% stake in...
  • 28/09/2016
  • Mediclinic upbeat on issues of growth
  • THE NEW AGE Mediclinic showed optimism yesterday as it mooted expectations of continued growth, amidst the backdrop of more macroeconomic challenges and anticipation increased competition. The private hospital group said it will also continue...
  • 28/09/2016
  • Mediclinic verwag kleiner winsmarges
  • SAKE24 Die hospitaalgroep Mediclinic verwag om sy groei in die boekjaar tot einde Maart ondanks die moeilike ekonomiese toestande en groter mededinging in SuidAfrika voort te sit. Die groep se in 'n handelsoorsig sy handelswinsmarge in...
  • 28/09/2016
  • Mediclinic Middle East earnings ‘will be lower’
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE In line with previous guidance, private hospital group Mediclinic International says first-half earnings from its Middle East business will be lower than originally expected. Mediclinic owns hospitals in Southern Africa,...
  • 28/09/2016
  • Mediclinic upbeat on issues of growth
  • THE NEW AGE Medilcinic showed optimism yesterday as it mooted expectations of continued growth, amidst the backdrop of more macroeconomic challenges and anticipation increased competition. The private hospital group said it will also continue...
  • 27/09/2016
  • SHARE WATCH: Interesting company results
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - Overberg Asset Management analyst Kirk Swart looks at shares that released interesting results in this week's five shares to watch. Sasol [JSE:SOL] Sasol's FY 2016 results showed evidence of numerous cost reductions....
  • 26/09/2016
  • Sharp increases for medical scheme members
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - The announcement last week by Momentum and Discovery Medical Schemes of average increases in contributions of between 10.2% and 11% came as a shock for consumers. All schemes announce their contribution increases between...
  • 22/09/2016
  • Cost constraints a barrier to healthcare
  • BUSINESS DAY When Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi published his opinion on the future of healthcare in SA in a Sunday newspaper recently, Dr Humphrey Zokufa, MD of the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF), was very encouraged. He saw the...
  • 22/09/2016
  • Waarom Worcester se ginekoloë ophou babas vang
  • NETWERK24 Worcester se vier privaat ginekoloë het Vrydag 16 September ’n gesamentlike brief uitgereik waarin hulle sê hulle sal net tot 31 Maart volgende jaar bevallings kan hanteer. Dokters Kobus Graaff, Emile Manefeldt, Corrie Prins en Steyn...
  • 22/09/2016
  • Remgro sees glow in fibre
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Investment giant Remgro has signalled that big things are expected from its investment in fibre-optic cabling specialist Dark Fibre Africa. At an investment briefing on Wednesday, Remgro CEO Jannie Durand said the company was...
  • 21/09/2016
  • HASA pleads the case for private medical schools
  • BIZCOMMUNITY.COM The world average of doctors to population stood at 152 per 100,000 in 2013. In South Africa it stood at a paltry 60 per 100,000. The reason are not unfamiliar in the South African context - large inequalities in the distribution...
  • 21/09/2016
  • New threat to medical aids
  • TIMES LIVE The medical aid schemes regulatory body is now headed by a man who wants all schemes to be merged into a single fund. Humphrey Zokufa, once a medical aid industry insider, has been appointed registrar of the Council for Medical...
  • 21/09/2016
  • Discovery delivers on hefty premiums hike
  • BUSINESS DAY In line with its warnings earlier this year, Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS) is to raise its premiums by a weighted average of 10.2 percent in January, slightly higher than the 8.6 percent weighted average increase it...
  • 21/09/2016
  • Discovery hikes rates by 10%
  • IOL Cape Town - Discovery Health is set to hike its premiums for 2017 by a weighted 10.2 percent, it says. Discovery Health Medical Scheme says contributions to its executive and comprehensive plans will increase by 11.9 percent, 14.9 percent on...
  • 21/09/2016
  • Massive increase for discovery medical aid premiums in 2017
  • BUSINESS TECH Discovery Health is the biggest medical scheme on the open market with over 2.7 million members. The group warned earlier this year that premiums would be going up due to significantly higher claims than in previous years. The...
  • 21/09/2016
  • Zokufa appointed to head council for medical schemes
  • BUSINESS DAY Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) chairman Humphrey Zokufa has been appointed as new registrar of the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) and expects to take up his new role on November 1, he confirmed yesterday. He will take over...
  • 20/09/2016
  • Healthcare fraud is costing country
  • THE SOWETAN Healthcare fraud - such as false claims, employee fraud, employee dismissals for unethical behaviour and doctors who commit fraud - costs the industry, and ultimately consumers, R13-billion annually. This is according to the latest...
  • 20/09/2016
  • Mark wag vir nuus oor Remgro en Mediclinic
  • PRETORIA NEWS Investec Sekuriteite het in 'n nuusbrief gesê die gerug dat Mediclinic 'n premie van 30% wil betaal, is wat sy aandeelprys seermaak. Die hospitaalgroep Mediclinic se aandeelprys het gister verder gedaal omdat die mark bekommerd is...
  • 14/09/2016
  • Rethink medical funds’ solvency of 25%
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE The measure of a medical scheme’s liquidity depends on a constellation of factors, the combination of which is unique to each scheme. How often does the industry remember this, and has the time come to review the status quo? As...
  • 13/09/2016
  • BHF backs new ARV treatment guidelines
  • E-HEALH NEWS The Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) and its member medical schemes have backed the introduction of the new anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment guidelines which will see all HIV positive patients starting anti-retroviral treatment as soon...
  • 13/09/2016
  • Rising healthcare costs in South Africa
  • RISK AFRICA The funding of healthcare in South Africa is a highly contentious issue, which involves a variety of stakeholders. While Government is planning their National Health Insurance (NHI) model, private healthcare providers and medical aid...
  • 12/09/2016
  • Brace for surge in cost of medical fund membership
  • BUSINESS DAY Medical scheme members are likely to face higher-than-usual contribution increases in 2017, along with greater restrictions in their choice of healthcare providers, according to Insight Actuaries. Open medical schemes reported an...
  • 08/09/2016
  • Nursing faces crisis level
  • CAPE ARGUS DA has submitted a request to Parliament for nursing shortages inquiry The DA has called for a parliamentary inquiry into the shortage of nurses in the country, saying the scarcity of nurses, their uneven distribution and the low...
  • 07/09/2016
  • BHF members embrace new ARV treatment guidelines
  • SOWETAN LIVE The Board of Healthcare Funders and its member medical schemes have backed the introduction of the new anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment guidelines which will see all HIV positive patients starting anti-retroviral treatment as soon as...
  • 07/09/2016
  • Healthcare reform in China a boost for Discovery
  • FIN24.COM As healthcare reform becomes a core subject for the Chinese government, Discovery’s health insurer arm in the country, Ping An, has shown “staggering” growth since being officially rolled out two years ago. On Tuesday, chief...
  • 06/09/2016
  • New HIV plan worrying Denosa
  • THE STAR At least one nursing union has raised its concerns about the new guidelines on "test and treat" for all HIV positive patients in the country in line with the World Health Organisation guidelines. At the beginning of the month, the...
  • 05/09/2016
  • Strong leadership is key to successful NHI
  • PRETORIA NEWS Strong leadership and political presence were among the key factors in the implementation of a universal health-care system in the country. In addition to new care models, a sound payment system and empowered citizens, this could...
  • 04/09/2016
  • Obstetricians flee in face of legal claims
  • SUNDAY TRIBUNE The fear of being sued for medical negligence and the high cost of indemnity from legal claims has resulted in a countrywide trend of obstetricians leaving the child delivery profession. In the past six months, five obstetricians...
  • 02/09/2016
  • Call for submissions on NHI funding
  • BUSINESS DAY The Davis Tax Committee has called for written submissions on funding for National Health Insurance (NHI), as proposed in the White Paper released in 2015, by October 14. The committee will hold a workshop for oral submissions...
  • 01/09/2016
  • South Africa could be a world leader in pharmaceuticals
  • IPASA MEDIA RELEAS Speaking at the inaugural IPASA (Innovative Pharmaceutical Association South Africa) Innovative Medicines Summit South Africa yesterday, Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, said South Africa has ambitions to become...
  • 01/09/2016
  • NHI: Cure for ailing system
  • FINANCIAL MAIL SA has some of the best private healthcare in the world but not for the public. Data published by the SA Institute of Race Relations recently shows that since 1994, spending by the state on public healthcare increased to more...
  • 01/09/2016
  • Finding a pricing model for devices: What is the best approach?
  • HEALTH MANAGEMENT DIGEST Although the introduction of a single exit price (SEP) system for medical devices could be a possibility once the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme becomes operational, there are many factors that need to be considered...
  • 31/08/2016
  • Aaron Motsoaledi still adamant private healthcare is too costly
  • DAILY DISPATCH Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has reiterated his position that private healthcare is exorbitantly priced, supporting recent findings by the World Health Organisation (WHO). A WHO report compared SA’s private healthcare costs to...
  • 30/08/2016
  • Hier is die beste hospitale
  • SAKE 24 Die meeste van die 20 beste hospitale in die land is in die Wes-Kaap, volgens 'n peiling van Discovery Health, die administrateur van mediese skemas. Die Wes Kaap het agt van die land se 20 beste hospitale, gevolg deur Gauteng met vyf en...
  • 30/08/2016
  • Hospitals rated on standards of care
  • TIMES LIVE Planning a hospital stay? You may first want to check how your local private hospital is rated on patient treatment. A list of the top 20 hospitals nationally, based on patient satisfaction scores given by some of Discovery Health's...
  • 29/08/2016
  • Which are the best private hospitals?
  • TIMES LIVE Planning a hospital stay anytime soon? If so‚ you may want to check out how your local private hospital treats its patients. A list of the top 20 hospitals nationally – based on patient satisfaction scores given by some of Discovery...
  • 26/08/2016
  • COSATU: Medical scheme collusion killing South Africans
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - In an open letter to the Competition Commission, Cosatu has accused the South African healthcare industry and medical schemes of collusion with regards to the availability of cancer screening tests. The high cost of the...
  • 26/08/2016
  • 'Holistic approach to health care vital'
  • PRETORIA NEWS Expert: look at people before they become patients A shift back to the basics and considering patients as holistic beings was the way to go as the country sought to provide universal access to quality health care, experts at a...
  • 25/08/2016
  • Mend healthcare by all pulling in unison
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Chronic diseases are ravaging the rainbow nation. There has been a rapid increase in mortality, and average life expectancy has plummeted. The future of healthcare has become one of the most pressing issues of our time as it...
  • 25/08/2016
  • Gems members to feel the pain as fund clamps down
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE The Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) is about to become far less generous to civil servants and their families, as it tries to stabilise its membership base and improve its finances. From October 1, it plans to...
  • 25/08/2016
  • Day unit opening soon at Mediclinic
  • WORCESTER STANDARD As part of a multimillion rand building project that commenced in 2014, Mediclinic Worcester will be opening the doors of a Day Unit, on 1 September. This 20 bed unit, specialising in day procedures, offers all the...
  • 25/08/2016
  • New look for private hospital
  • DISTRICT MAIL The first phase of upgrades at Mediclinic Vergelegen are nearing completion, with the upgraded section set to be open early next month. Construction of the three storey facility started 18 months ago and forms part of an estimated...
  • 24/08/2016
  • Megamerger: Bonitas takeover of liberty health gets nod
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - The Competition Tribunal has approved, what is believed to be one of the largest mergers in history, between Bonitas Medical Fund and the ailing Liberty Medical Scheme without conditions. "The Commission had found some...
  • 24/08/2016
  • High walls prevent health researchers getting data
  • CAPE ARGUS The Medical Research Council (MRC) has raised concerns about the inaccessibility of some of the country's leafy suburbs, saying high walls and excessive security measures by residents is preventing its field workers from collecting...
  • 22/08/2016
  • State medical aid may go bust
  • BUSINESS DAY The Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) could be insolvent by financial year-end if drastic cost-containment measures are not instituted. This would mean the scheme would need to be bailed out by the Treasury or amalgamated...
  • 18/08/2016
  • Junior doctors get 26-hour shift
  • TIMES LIVE Junior doctors will no longer work 30-hour shifts - 26 hours is to become the new norm, the Health Professions' Council of SA has confirmed. But the council has not specified when the new shift system will start. It will apply to...
  • 15/08/2016
  • Economic flip side of national health scheme
  • BUSINESS DAY The National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme is seen by the government as the cure for SA’s healthcare woes, on the assumption it will improve quality in the public sector and reduce costs in the private sector — the ultimate solution...
  • 13/08/2016
  • Severe illness cover plays catch-up to medical advances
  • INDEPENDENT ONLINE The devil is in the detail when it comes to severe illness cover, and the details are constantly changing, which can leave you feeling powerless when choosing a policy or deciding whether or not to accept enhanced cover on your...
  • 12/08/2016
  • NHI – Killing the goose that lays the golden eggs
  • NEWS24.COM The NHI scheme is seen by government as the cure to South Africa’s Healthcare woes. It will improve quality in the public sector and it will reduce costs in the private sector- the ultimate solution for achieving universal healthcare in...
  • 11/08/2016
  • The best and worst medical aid schemes in SA
  • HEALTH24.COM See how your medical aid fared as members reveal which plans met their expectations and which ones left much to be desired. Prof Adrè Schreuder speaks to Health24 about the survey. With private healthcare becoming a grudge...
  • 10/08/2016
  • Healthcare report delayed in wait for more data
  • BUSINESS DAY The Competition Commission’s healthcare market inquiry has postponed the publication of its interim report, due for release last week, citing delays in obtaining key data from medical schemes and private hospitals. The inquiry was...
  • 09/08/2016
  • Making healthcare work for all South Africans
  • FIN24.COM The policy discourse on implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI) is one of the most topical in South Africa today, both as a fiscal consideration and because of the socio-economic need to deliver a better quality of life for...
  • 01/08/2016
  • NHI starting point has to be societal will
  • SURGICAL NEWS A crisis in South Africa's healthcare services is looming because of the unsustainable, inequitable two-tier model that still prevails, Prof Robert van Niekerk, Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at Rhodes...
  • 01/08/2016
  • Social compact needed to improve health services
  • HEALTH MANAGEMENT DIGEST Investing in health care not the same as any investment. Private health care, including the funding industry, needs to fight for a place to participate meaningfully in the creation of a social compact for better health...
  • 01/08/2016
  • Medical aid board says SA has to back NHI
  • MODERN MEDICINE The industry body says the dwindling number of medical aid members means the government must act. South Africa's healthcare system is not merely unviable or unsustainable, "it is at the brink of collapse" if the government does...
  • 29/07/2016
  • Discovery's Adrian gore on why medical aid costs are soaring
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Discovery founder and group CEO Adrian Gore hadn’t broken a sweat when the Financial Mail entered his office , even though he had just been through the rigours of his first physical examination in years. "I’ve put on a kilogram," he...
  • 27/07/2016
  • Funding the NHI – Can we afford it?
  • CAPE BUSINESS NEWS "Health cannot be a function of income, it must be a fundamental human right." This statement, made by Nelson Mandela, is an undeniable truth, but the elephant in the room remains the cost of the provision of universal...
  • 25/07/2016
  • Chronic diseases on the rise, experts say
  • THE STAR The South African population is getting sicker, with patients suffering from chronic diseases, in particular, seeing doctors at least four times a year. Private health-sector experts heard that the high prevalence of chronic dis-eases...
  • 25/07/2016
  • Private partners can lift public health
  • BUSINESS DAY When an election is held amid widespread poverty and inequality, it is to be expected that the National Health Insurance (NHI) will be a talking point. On paper it makes sense: as Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi put it, the idea is...
  • 25/07/2016
  • R60m injection for Mediclinic Tzaneen
  • BULLETIN Ground works to create more than 200 new parking spaces and to allow for the erection of a new ICU with space for 30 patients, the expansion of the NN ICU (neo-natal) to accommodate 20 patients and a new facility for an MR scanner started...
  • 15/07/2016
  • NHI road map lies in public-private fusion
  • BUSINESS DAY The period for public comment on the National Health Insurance (NHI) white paper has closed, and the arguments for and against the proposed overhaul of the healthcare system are clear. Some argue that the NHI will be too expensive...
  • 15/07/2016
  • The haleness of disruptive innovation
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Historians remind us that we can’t have a better tomorrow if we are thinking about yesterday all the time. We are advised that having a vision does not ensure greatness, but the lack of vision surely prevents it. The challenge...
  • 15/07/2016
  • Medical tourism: Patients flock to SA
  • FINANCIAL MAIL First it was doctors who crossed borders in response to various international calls, ranging from humanitarian crise s to better pay and skills advancement. Now their patients are following. An increasing number of people are...
  • 14/07/2016
  • New unit makes TB treatment safer for children
  • BIZCOMMUNITY.COM A new research unit geared towards making TB drugs safe and accessible for children recently opened its doors at the Brooklyn Chest Hospital. Children underserved in the field of TB “It is a child’s human right to be given...
  • 13/07/2016
  • Generic applications flood the mcc
  • HEALTH-E NEWS The Medicine Control Council should limit generic applications to seven per innovator medicine to cut the backlog that is blocking cheaper, better drugs from entering the SA market. The Department of Health implemented a policy to...
  • 13/07/2016
  • Sugar tax is not the best way to tackle obesity
  • BUSINESS DAY The Consumer Goods Council of SA and its members are concerned about the rising levels of obesity in SA, but believe that the proposed taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages and sugar-sweetened food pose real and unforeseen risks to the...
  • 12/07/2016
  • eHealth drives improved healthcare delivery models in Africa
  • BUSINESS DAY The US government said on Monday that it would provide $410m to SA’s HIV/AIDS programmes for the fiscal year starting October 1, highlighting how it still provides support to SA despite plans to slash funding. In 2012 it emerged...
  • 12/07/2016
  • US retracts plan to cut HIV/AIDS funds for SA
  • BUSINESS DAY The US government said on Monday that it would provide $410m to SA’s HIV/AIDS programmes for the fiscal year starting October 1, highlighting how it still provides support to SA despite plans to slash funding. In 2012 it emerged...
  • 11/07/2016
  • Nurses will have to wait for the new curriculum
  • DIAMOND FIELDS ADVERTISER Prospective nursing students throughout the country may have to wait until the new curriculum is approved before they can enrol for their studies. This, in turn, may impact on the already short supply of nurses in the...
  • 01/07/2016
  • Motsoaledi proposes 5.7% ceiling on medicine price hike
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has proposed that private-sector medicine prices rise by no more than 5.7% when the next price hike is permitted in January 2017. Interested parties have been given three months to...
  • 01/07/2016
  • A victory for community pharmacies
  • INDEPENDENT ONLINE In a victory for independent community pharmacies, moves have been made to have penalty co-payments declared an undesirable business practice. The Competition Commission is also probing the practice of closed medical scheme...
  • 30/06/2016
  • Medicines could cost less
  • THE NEW AGE Court rules against unfair business practices such as penalty co-payments to ease costs. In what it calls a victory for consumers, the Independent Community Pharmacy Association (ICPA) has won its appeal against the Council for...
  • 30/06/2016
  • Rate the healthiest medical scheme is SA
  • BUSINESS REPORT Compare Wellness Medical Scheme (CompCare) has been rated the healthiest open medical scheme in South Africa by diversified financial services company GT C Healthcare (formerly Grant Thornton Capital). According to CompCare...
  • 29/06/2016
  • NHI seen as remedy for SA’s ill-health
  • INDEPENDENT ONLINE There is no way one can argue that the current private healthcare system is stable. In fact, it’s on the brink of collapse. So said Humphrey Zokufa, managing director of the Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa...
  • 29/06/2016
  • Influx strains hospitals
  • THE NEW AGE South Africa’s health system is being overburdened as a result of the collapse of the healthcare systems in neighbouring countries. Desperate Zimbabweans and Mozambicans are streaming into South Africa for antenatal care, various...
  • 29/06/2016
  • Praise for state's health insurance scheme
  • PRETORIA NEWS There is no way one can argue that the private healthcare system is stable, in fact, it's on the brink of collapse. So said Humphrey Zokufa, managing director of the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF), in a joint briefing with...
  • 29/06/2016
  • Private healthcare 'in crisis'
  • THE MERCURY There is no way one can argue that the current private health-care system is stable. In fact, it's on the brink of collapse. So said Humphrey Zokufa, managing director of the Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa, yesterday...
  • 29/06/2016
  • NHI not designed to destroy private healthcare, says Motsoaledi
  • FIN24.COM Johannesburg - The pursuit of a National Health Insurance is not intended to destroy the private healthcare sector but to allow more South Africans access to quality healthcare, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Tuesday. “There...
  • 28/06/2016
  • Access to quality healthcare must be improved in Africa
  • SPECIALIST FORUM Access to quality healthcare systems across Africa needs to improve in order to reduce the high prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on the continent. This is according to Dr Sarah Barber, World Health Organisation...
  • 28/06/2016
  • National health insurance costs seriously underestimated
  • DAILY DISPATCH The government has underestimated the cost of National Health Insurance (NHI) and could face a shortfall of R200-billion by 2025-26 - almost double the amount it originally anticipated - according to an analysis by economics...
  • 28/06/2016
  • Overworked doctors get more backing
  • INDEPENDENT ONLINE Doctors advocating to have their 30-hour work shift policy reviewed have vowed to continue pressurising Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s department. The Junior Doctors Association of SA (Judasa) has joined hands with the SA...
  • 28/06/2016
  • Sustainability of medical schemes
  • SPECIALIST FORUM While prescribed minimum benefits (PMBs) have presented the advantage of helping to ensure a minimum level of cover for medical scheme members, they have also had some less positive, and quite unintended, consequences for the...
  • 27/06/2016
  • Survey reveals serious drug shortages
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE One in four public health facilities experienced a shortage of HIV/AIDS or tuberculosis (TB) medicines in 2015, according to a survey by health activists. It is the third year in a row that the Stop Stock Outs Project (SSP) has...
  • 26/06/2016
  • Government hostility towards private healthcare impedes NHI
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE The government’s antipathy towards public-private partnerships is holding up implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI), according to the head of the Independent Practitioners Association Foundation (IPAF), which...
  • 26/06/2016
  • Better healthcare for all - not just the rich
  • SUNDAY TIMES The power of pooling means we can afford to insure our people, writes Aaron Motsoaledi The government released the white paper on National Health Insurance in December last year for public participation. We have received many...
  • 17/06/2016
  • Medical schemes council targets trustee fraud
  • BUSINESS DAY The Council for Medical Schemes is taking steps to stamp out fraud in the election of medical scheme trustees, who hold powerful sway over the lucrative contracts awarded to service providers such as administrators and brokers. The...
  • 15/06/2016
  • Clicks group: More pill tills
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Netcare is to outsource some of its business to Clicks Group. For the retailer, which operates close to 400 pharmacies, the deal extends its presence by 88 trading platforms as it assumes control of 37 Medicross pharmacies and 51...
  • 14/06/2016
  • National Health Insurance and the private sector
  • POLITICS WEB The NHI view of the problem with the private health sector The White Paper asserts that, as health care is a public good (which it’s not), it must therefore be a social investment that “should not be subjected to market forces” or...
  • 12/06/2016
  • Hospital ratings give power back to the patients
  • SUNDAY TIMES Hospitals which score highly have a lot to gain from the new system. We've all heard hospital horror stories. Patients falling from their beds, having the wrong limb amputated, then going home with incorrect medicine - or worse, a...
  • 10/06/2016
  • Billions of rand short for NHI to work
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Finally, we have confirmation: even government’s own numbers for National Health Insurance (NHI) just don’t add up. Government’s policy document — four years in the making, and finally gazetted last December — admits there’s a...
  • 09/06/2016
  • Robotic technology used to treat prostate cancer
  • NORTHERN NEWS Men's Health Month got off to an impressive start at Mediclinic Durbanville where surgeons performed two ground-breaking robotic-aided prostate surgeries to remove cancerous tissue from two patients on Thursday June 2. Dr Gawie...
  • 09/06/2016
  • Netcare partnership makes sense, says Clicks CEO
  • BUSINESS DAY DAVID Kneale is Clicks CEO. BUSINESS DAY TV: One of the more interesting Sens statements to cross our screens this morning was the announcement that Netcare is to outsource most of its pharmacies in the Medicross and Netcare...
  • 09/06/2016
  • Netcare to outsource nearly 90 retail operations to Clicks
  • DAILY NEWS Healthcare group Netcare yesterday announced a long-term agreement to outsource 88 retail operations to Clicks. A statement from the operator of the largest private hospital, primary healthcare, emergency medical services and renal...
  • 09/06/2016
  • Clicks gou in Netcare se hospitale
  • SAKE24 Clicks gaan binnekort in Netcare se hospitale te sien wees. Netcare het 'n ooreenkoms gesluit om sy 37 kleinhandelapteke in die Medicross-mediese sentrums en die 51 kleinhandelwinkels in 51 hospitale aan Clicks uit te kontrakteer....
  • 09/06/2016
  • Netcare’s Clicks pharmacy deal draws fire
  • BUSINESS DAY Private hospital group Netcare’s plans to outsource its Medicross pharmacies and its hospital retail outlets to health and beauty retailer Clicks have drawn the ire of independent pharmacists and union Hospersa. The Independent...
  • 09/06/2016
  • Netcare group in outsourcing deal with Clicks
  • BUSINESS REPORT Netcare yesterday announced a long-term agreement to outsource 88 retail operations to Clicks. A statement from the health-care group said it did not expect the transaction would result in any job losses. Netcare said it was...
  • 09/06/2016
  • Clicks cops a winner as Netcare outsources pharmacy management
  • MONEYWEB Pharmacy company Clicks stole a march on its competitors with the announcement that hospital group Netcare will outsource the in-house pharmacies in its Medicross medical and dental centres, as well as the front shops in its Netcare...
  • 08/06/2016
  • NHI 'needs a dose of reality'
  • THE TIMES Doctors' organisations and NGOs have warned that South Africa could face a mass exodus of doctors if the national health insurance policy is implemented in its present format. They have also warned about the cost, saying how it will...
  • 08/06/2016
  • Robot-assisted surgery a game-changer for prostate cancer
  • E-HEALTH NEWS Urologists at Mediclinic Durbanville are tapping the ground-breaking da Vinci Si HD robotic system to perform prostatectomies. The da Vinci Surgical system was introduced to Mediclinic Durbanville to facilitate complex surgery,...
  • 08/06/2016
  • Heart doc doesn't miss a beat with hi-tech op
  • NORTHERN NEWS A Panorama heart specialist and his team are becoming leading experts on the continent in the use of a ground-breaking new technique that uses cold to treat a common cardiac rhythm disorder. Dr Razeen Gopal, a cardiac...
  • 08/06/2016
  • Live theatre gets a new meaning
  • TYGERBURGER A delicate operation in which a cancerous prostate was removed by cutting-edge technology — the Da Vinci robotic procedure — was broadcast live from theatre last Thursday at the Mediclinic Durbanville. The broadcasting event was...
  • 06/06/2016
  • Robotic surgery welcomed
  • THE NEW AGE The Da Vinci robotic surgery that mimics the movements of a surgeon's hand during surgery is giving patients the option of improved clinical outcomes that may not be possible with open surgery. The innovative technology will facilitate...
  • 06/06/2016
  • Da Vinci provides robotic precision in prostate procedures
  • BIZCOMMUNITY.COM Many moons ago Dennis Quaid starred in a movie called Innerspace where he was shrunk to microscopic size and zooted around a hapless Martin Short's body in a miniscule submarine. As far-fetched as that seemed in the ‘80s,...
  • 03/06/2016
  • 'Let people speak up on NHI!'
  • THE NEW AGE Interested parties keen to comment on the national Health Department's White Paper on the implementation of National Health Insurance are welcome to do so, the health department said. The move was welcomed by the Free Market...
  • 03/06/2016
  • Private healthcare the answer
  • BUSINESS DAY In its submission on the National Health Insurance (NHI) white paper, the South African Private Practitioner's Forum says instead of pressing ahead with the complex and expensive reforms needed for NHI, the government could provide...
  • 03/06/2016
  • New robotic hand radicalises surgery
  • CAPE TIMES With the lifetime risk for prostate cancer among South African men being one in 27, a new robotic procedure is revolutionising patient treatment. In support of men's health awareness month, Mediclinic Durbanville hosted a live broadcast...
  • 03/06/2016
  • Robotic hands boost prostate surgery
  • CAPE TIMES Cape Town - With the lifetime risk for prostate cancer among South African men being one in 27, a new robotic procedure is revolutionising patient treatment. In support of men’s health awareness month, Mediclinic Durbanville on...
  • 02/06/2016
  • Private doctors suggest alternative to NHI
  • BUSINESS DAY Instead of pressing ahead with the complex and expensive reforms needed for National Health Insurance (NHI), the government could provide universal healthcare by getting the private sector to play a greater role, said the South...
  • 01/06/2016
  • Patients at risk as hospitals reuse single-use items
  • BUSINESS DAY Patients beware. Medical devices that manufacturers say should be used once are being used repeatedly in South African hospitals, and all too often neither doctors nor medical schemes are any the wiser. Hospital budgets are under...
  • 01/06/2016
  • Hospital opens new cardiac lab
  • TYGERBURGER A rapidly growing community on the Cape West Coast and an increased demand for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases have been the major impetuses behind the development of a state-of-the-art new cardiac catheterisation and vascular...
  • 01/06/2016
  • Innovative technology at the cutting edge of patient care
  • MEDICAL CHRONICLE The introduction of the da Vinci© Si HD robotic system has been proving its worth at Mediclinic with the doctors using this machine showing some remarkable statistics around patient recovery. The da Vinci was introduced to...
  • 31/05/2016
  • Shortage of doctors stretches healthcare system to limit
  • BUSINESS REPORT Doctors have one of the most privileged jobs in the world helping patients and improving the health of the nation. What doctors do is often wonderful, inspiring and life-affirming. They hold our health and sometimes our lives in...
  • 29/05/2016
  • 'Purchasing pool' for NHI could lower costs
  • HELATH24.COM, E-HEALTH NEWS The Managing Director of the Board of Healthcare Funders thinks that pooling would mean South Africa could afford to insure everyone. As the debate on National Health Insurance (NHI) funding continues, the Minister...
  • 19/05/2016
  • 150 Doctors leave profession or SA each year
  • THE TIMES About 150 doctors each year - 11% of graduates - do not do community service, either leaving the profession or emigrating. If doctors in South Africa do not complete community service, they may not work in the country but can work...
  • 19/05/2016
  • Xoliswa Toto receives Nursing Excellence Award
  • GEORGE HERALD Xoliswa Toti, a 40-year-old mother of four from Thembalethu, is the star nurse of Mediclinic George this year. She received the 2016 Nursing Excellence Award only 11 months after joining the hospital. She worked as a home-based...
  • 19/05/2016
  • Free state mulls exiting Netcare partnership
  • BUSINESS DAY The Free State health department is considering an early exit from its public-private partnership (PPP) with Netcare. This emerged on Wednesday when an official made submissions to the Competition Commission’s health market...
  • 18/05/2016
  • The real cost of the skills shortage in SA health sector
  • INSURANCE GATEWAY Nurses make up the largest group of healthcare providers in South Africa. The performance of any healthcare system is directly dependent on the quality of care afforded by these healthcare professionals. Yet in 2015, a report by...
  • 18/05/2016
  • ‘Nursing excellence’ awardee acknowledged
  • NETWERK24.COM Mediclinic believes that the role of nurses does not stop when they leave work - rather they continue to show the same care and attention to their families and those in their communities as they do during working hours. In...
  • 18/05/2016
  • Mediclinic Highveld thanks nurses
  • RIDGE TIMES “Mediclinic’s Nursing Excellence Award holds special significance because nominations are made by nursing peers for those who embody these values and ensure the best possible patient experience” says Ms Estelle Coustas, Nursing...
  • 17/05/2016
  • 'Too much work, too few doctors'
  • THE TIMES Limpopo health officials staved off a strike by doctors unhappy about work conditions and lack of equipment. Doctors say hospitals lack basic medicines and equipment. They are also unhappy about overtime pay. There is a severe shortage...
  • 17/05/2016
  • Taxing medical schemes a flawed approach
  • BUSINESS DAY In his budget vote speech, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi repeated a lie when he asked, "how do we continue to justify a health-care system where 16% of the population, which in essence is the cream of the nation, have pooled their...
  • 17/05/2016
  • Apply healthcare regulation locally
  • SECTION 27 Brain Ruff, the founder of PPO Service Integrated Clinical Consortia, a consultancy of healthcare professionals, presented to the Health Market Inquiry on 17 May 2016. He indicated that he had academic experience and had worked for...
  • 17/05/2016
  • NHI - International lessons in universal healthcare
  • NEWS24.COM In the NHI White Paper, it is indicated that the implementation of NHI will take into account the country’s experiences and global lessons learnt in the development of universal health coverage. There are several examples of lessons...
  • 17/05/2016
  • Expansion: Netcare plans to spend R2bn
  • IOL South Africa’s largest private hospital network operator Netcare, was planning to spend R2 billion in capital expenditure in the coming year as the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital reached completion and further expansion projects...
  • 17/05/2016
  • Netcare still positive on public-private health partnership
  • BUSINESS DAY Private hospital group Netcare says it remains optimistic about the scope for providing services to state patients in SA, despite the hostility expressed by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi at the Competition Commission’s health market...
  • 17/05/2016
  • Netcare sees strong UK demand driven by overburdened NHS
  • MONEYWEB Believes SA’s NHI can learn from public-private partnership model of NHS. Netcare Limited expects that extensive waiting lists for the UK’s taxpayer-funded National Health Service (NHS) are going to continue driving patients to BMI...
  • 16/05/2016
  • No greater love
  • NETWERK24.COM “They are not even blood relatives. This is what I call love without boundaries.” So says Nadia Potgieter, a nurse, colleague and friend of two people whose lives will be changed forever. Zandra Marais, who works at the pharmacy...
  • 13/05/2016
  • Bringing policy to fruition in training South African nurses
  • MAIL AND GUARDIAN The move to higher education may leave many nursing institutions in limbo The nursing profession in South Africa is facing significant challenges around education, staffing and regulation. The national department of health has...
  • 12/05/2016
  • Tutu backs proposed NHI plan
  • BDLIVE.CO.ZA “I wish to associate myself with our Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi's advocacy for a national health system that cares for all South Africans‚ regardless of their wealth. File photo Image by: Gallo Images/Oryx Media...
  • 12/05/2016
  • Nurses essential to healthcare success
  • THE NEW AGE The Federation of Unions of South Africa yesterday said it was important for the country to acknowledge the critical role of nurses in healthcare. This as nurses across the country commemorated International Nurses Day yesterday....
  • 12/05/2016
  • Health department unveils stock management system app
  • CAPE ARGUS Medication stock-outs could be a thing of the past if new stock management and reporting systems that the National Department of Health is introducing is successful. During the delivery of his budget vote in Parliament this week, Health...
  • 12/05/2016
  • Partnership boosts cancer awareness
  • CAPE ARGUS The fight against cancer that hits women in Africa especially hard because of late diagnosis, received a significant boost with the launch of a new partnership between the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Federation...
  • 12/05/2016
  • New chief financial officer named
  • BUSINESS REPORT Mediclinic yesterday announced the appointment of Petrus Jurgens Myburgh as the executive director and group chief financial officer. Myburgh will join the company effective from August 1. This follows an announcement in February...
  • 12/05/2016
  • Caring extends beyond the hospital
  • BIZCOMMUNITY.COM The role of nurses doesn't stop when they leave work; rather they continue to show the same care and attention to their families and those in their communities as they do during their working hours. To highlight the role of...
  • 12/05/2016
  • Polish deals entice Life healthcare
  • BUSINESS DAY Private hospital group Life Healthcare is exploring further merger and acquisition opportunities in Poland, as it seeks to offset the limited growth opportunities confronting it in SA. The group reported revenue growth of 10.9...
  • 11/05/2016
  • SA’s first health ombudsman appointed
  • BDLIVE.CO.ZA Former University of KwaZulu-Natal vice-chancellor Prof Malegapuru Makgoba is SA’s first health ombudsman. His new role will be to tackle challenges in both private and public healthcare. "His function will be to investigate and...
  • 11/05/2016
  • Mediclinic gets new CFO
  • IOL Mediclinic International on Wednesday announced the appointment of Petrus Jurgens Myburgh as executive director and group CFO. Myburgh will join the company effective August 1. This follows the announcement in February that Craig Tingle...
  • 11/05/2016
  • Mediclinic names Jurgens Myburgh CFO – quick facts
  • RTT NEWS Mediclinic International Plc (MDC.L) announced the appointment of Jurgens Myburgh as Executive Director and Group CFO, effective 1 August 2016. Craig Tingle will seek early retirement as CFO from 15 June 2016. Petrus Jurgens Myburgh...
  • 10/05/2016
  • SA to adopt who’s ‘test and treat’ HIV guidelines
  • BDLIVE.CO.ZA SA will adopt the World Health Organisation’s new "test and treat" guidelines for HIV patients in September, enabling people to start treatment as soon as they are diagnosed instead of having to wait until their immune systems weaken,...
  • 10/05/2016
  • Nurses taking strain due to staff shortages
  • PRETORIA NEWS International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. The International Nurses Day theme for 2016 is "Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving health systems' resilience"....
  • 10/05/2016
  • National health plan facing tricky time in parliament
  • PRETORIA NEWS The National Health Insurance (NHI) will be one of the sticking points in the budget vote of Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi in the National Assembly today. Motsoaledi released the White Paper on NHI in December last year and the...
  • 10/05/2016
  • Unaffordable healthcare is fatal for the poor – Motsoaledi
  • NEWS24.COM If no drastic action is taken against unaffordable cancer and TB drugs, the country will be counting body bags like it was at war, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Tuesday. "Anybody who is desperate to remain alive and tries...
  • 08/05/2016
  • CEOs talk of lure of overseas prospects
  • SUNDAY TIMES South African companies are again looking beyond Africa to escape low-growth prospects brought on by the commodity price slump. Retailers, listed property companies, financial-services players and large industrials all seem to be...
  • 06/05/2016
  • Radiologists put department right on figures
  • BDLIVE.CO.ZA The Radiological Society of SA took issue with the Department of Health’s depiction of the industry as awash with expensive equipment that encouraged over-servicing and it told the Competition Commission’s Health Market Inquiry that...
  • 06/05/2016
  • ‘Equip sangomas to fight HIV/AIDS’
  • THE CITIZEN Healthcare workers are calling on government to provide HIV-testing equipment and training to traditional healers to increase their capacity in the battle against HIV/AIDS. At a recent USAid-sponsored workshop for healthcare...
  • 05/05/2016
  • SA’s public health sector is wracked by ills
  • THE STAR There is a human resource crisis in care that is driven partly by the government's tolerance of incompetent staff, according to the Health Systems Trust’s SA Health Review 2016. Kerry Cullinan reports You are least likely to see a...
  • 05/05/2016
  • Study shows TB health workers at great risk
  • BDLIVE.CO.ZA Healthcare workers are six times more likely to contract drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) than the general population in South Africa, yet many of them fail to take precautions to protect themselves Not only are the very people...
  • 01/05/2016
  • NHI: Pay more, get less...?
  • ASTHMA AND ALLERGY NEWS There has never been any research evidence to support the ruling party's 2007 Polokwane conference decision to move from what was originally going to be a Social Health Insurance system (SHI) to a National Health Insurance...
  • 01/05/2016
  • Feedback on inaccuracies
  • ASTHMA AND ALLERGY NEWS, WOUND CARE WISDOM, UROLOGY NEWS, RADIOLOGY NEWS, SURGICAL NEWS, PAEDIATRIC NEWS, PSYCHIATRY NEWS, HEALTH MANAGEMENT DIGEST, DIABETES NEWS, GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS, DERMATOLOGY NEWS, GYNAECOLOGY NEWS, PAIN AND ANAESTHESIA...
  • 01/05/2016
  • Robotic prostate surgery could reduce recovery time
  • HEALTHCARE GAZETTE One of the country’s most accomplished users of the robot-assisted da Vinci surgical system, Durbanville urologist Gawie Bruwer (over 80 successful prostatectomies) last month urged his colleagues to 'grab the chance" to up-skill...
  • 29/04/2016
  • New hospital to offer midwifery
  • DAILY DISPATCH A "FIVE star" hospital punted as trailblazing the face of midwifery is opening in Cape Town next month. The Origin Family-Centred Maternity Hospital in Panorama, Parow, aims to facilitate low-risk natural birthing methods, chief...
  • 28/04/2016
  • A cure-all for private healthcare in SA?
  • FINWEEK The market inquiry into the costs associated with private healthcare in South Africa, which has been initiated by the Competition Commission, should hopefully lead to lower costs and improved services. Consumers who have been battered...
  • 28/04/2016
  • Crackdown looms on complementary medicinal products
  • BUSINESS DAY Medicines Control Council inspectors are gearing up to seize scores of illegal products claiming to treat diabetes, heart disease, cancer and viral illnesses in a blitz aimed at enforcing tough regulations for complementary medicines....
  • 28/04/2016
  • Shrinks stressed about careers
  • THE TIMES Psychologists are being forced to close their practices because medical aid schemes are refusing to pay them. This is the picture painted by psychologists` organisations, which have taken the health minister to court over regulations...
  • 27/04/2016
  • HPCSA leader exits in `amicable settlement`
  • CAPE TIMES The Health Professions Council of South Africa’s (HPCSA) registrar and chief executive has left the council after recommendations to address it’s poor administration. The HPCSA has come under fire for allegedly failing to implement...
  • 26/04/2016
  • SA meets targets on seasonal threat
  • CAPE TIMES Zero. That is the number of locally transmitted cases of malaria that South Africa intends to have by 2018. This is according to the Department of Health, which stated its ambitions as World Malaria Day is being observed today. The...
  • 26/04/2016
  • Plucky puppy back on rocky road to health
  • NEWS24.COM A plucky pooch named Rocky, for his fighting spirit, has a new home after he was rescued from a man trying to sell him on the streets of Cape Town at the weekend. This just days after a dehydrated and malnourished Rocky lifted his leg...
  • 25/04/2016
  • Infertility impasse
  • THE TIMES South Africans desperate to conceive are demanding that the country`s largest medical aid scheme cover infertility treatment. In an open letter to Discovery Health Medical Scheme, the Infertility Awareness Association of South Africa...
  • 21/04/2016
  • Medical schemes council staff 'overloaded'
  • BUSINESS DAY The Council for Medical Schemes had only seven staff members to process more than 5,500 complaints it received last year. As a result, Parliament heard yesterday, only three-quarters of the complaints were adjudicated in the...
  • 21/04/2016
  • Afrocentric in bid to widen discovery competition fight
  • BUSINESS DAY Medical scheme administrator Afrocentric Health yesterday asked the Competition Tribunal to add 15 more medical schemes to the complaint against rival Discovery Health and its biggest client, Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS)....
  • 20/04/2016
  • 'Decision to dissolve medical union is illegal'
  • THE TIMES Cosatu has again demanded that the decision to dissolve Samatu, the union arm of the SA Medical Association, be reversed and that financial records of the association be made transparent. Speaking at the Cosatu headquarters in...
  • 20/04/2016
  • SAMA wants medical board to be dissolved
  • PRETORIA NEWS The SA Medical Association (Sama) trade union has called for the organisation’s board to be dissolved saying it does not represent its members or the medical profession. Sama’s leaders said they were not prepared to let the board’s...
  • 20/04/2016
  • COSATU en mediese vakbond veg terug
  • DIE BURGER Cosatu en die mediese vakbond Samatu eis dat die besluit om die vakbond te ontbind tersyde gestel moet word omdat dit onwettig is. Die raad van die Suid-Afrikaanse Mediese Vereniging (SAMV) het in Augustus aangekondig dat hy Samatu,...
  • 20/04/2016
  • Doctors bast their association
  • DAILY SUN Doctors are not taking the closure of their union lying down. The angry doctors yesterday said their dispute with the South African Medical Association was about how the association used its money. Doctor Mpho Pooe, deputy president...
  • 19/04/2016
  • Mediclinic's ongoing expansion into global markets
  • BIZNEWS.COM Undoubtedly one of the key M&A themes in 2015 was offshore expansion as local companies looked for geographic diversification and foreign currency earnings. Given the relatively small size of South Africa in the context of the global...
  • 16/04/2016
  • Health insurance is 'needed for the poor'
  • WEEKEND ARGUS Short-term insurance health products could be structured to make them affordable for low-income earners, researchers said at a recent workshop. They said the regulators should permit the sale of affordable health insurance...
  • 15/04/2016
  • Bitter pill for hospital groups
  • THE TIMES The Competition Tribunal has imposed a record penalty of R10-million for failure to notify the competition authorities of a merger. On April 7 2016, the Tribunal confirmed that a consent agreement had been entered into between the...
  • 14/04/2016
  • Medical schemes offer different rates for scans
  • BUSINESS DAY A local breast surgeon has used the public platform afforded by the Competition Commission’s recent health market inquiry to draw attention to the wide range of rates medical schemes are willing to pay for scans, depending on who...
  • 14/04/2016
  • Peril of delivery through C-section
  • PRETORIA NEWS April is Caesarean section awareness month when nations of the world join hands to discuss plans to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary C-sections. Education, providing support during recovery, and mother`s rights...
  • 14/04/2016
  • Hospital plans a popular choice
  • THE CITIZEN Last year Standard Bank received more than 2 500 claims on alternative schemes. As pressure on household incomes grow, interest rates increase and levels of discretionary income decline, more South Africans are looking at ways of...
  • 13/04/2016
  • Fund hit with R121m lawsuit
  • CAPE ARGUS Radiologists bring case against body, minister for unpaid claims Unpaid claims amounting to more than R121 million are at the centre of a lawsuit brought by a group of radiologists against the controversial Compensation Fund (CF)....
  • 13/04/2016
  • Treasury probing NHI fund options
  • DAILY DISPATCH National Treasury believes various funding models need to be explored for the operation of the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. Dr Mark Blecher, who heads up health and social development for the department, said some...
  • 08/04/2016
  • Life, JMH agree to take their medicine
  • BUSINESS REPORT Tribunal issues R10m penalty The Competition Tribunal yesterday confirmed that Life Healthcare and Joint Medical Holdings (JMH) had agreed to jointly pay a record RIO million administrative penalty for implementing a merger...
  • 08/04/2016
  • Grootste boete nog vir twee hospitaalgroepe
  • NETWERK24.COM Die twee hospitaalgroepe Life Healthcare en Joint Medical Holdings (JMH) gaan die meeste nóg opdok vir ’n oortreding wat kragtens mededingingswetgewing in ’n samesmelting begaan is. Die Mededingingstribunaal het gister die boete...
  • 08/04/2016
  • Two health groups to pay record R10m fine for merger
  • BDLIVE.CO.ZA JSE-listed private hospital group Life Healthcare and Joint Medical Holdings (JMH) have agreed to pay the competition authorities a record R10m fine for failing to notify the Competition Commission of their merger. Life Healthcare...
  • 06/04/2016
  • Radiologists sue minister
  • DAILY DISPATCH The Radiological Society of SA and 19 individual radiology practices have taken legal action against the labour minister over the Compensation Fund`s alleged failure to process and pay out R121.5-million in claims for services they...
  • 04/04/2016
  • Mediclinic sets the record straight
  • BUSINESS REPORT With reference to the article of March 31 published in Business Report’s Special Reports, entitled “Private health sector needs business re-engineering”, Mediclinic would like to point out the following important observations with...
  • 01/04/2016
  • Mediclinic check-up shows growth and margins are steady
  • BUSINESS DAY Private hospital group Mediclinic, which recently combined with Al Noor and listed on the London Stock Exchange, has issued a trading update assuring investors that all its business divisions are operating in line with expectations....
  • 01/04/2016
  • Fee structure impediments key costs issue: SAMA
  • IPA NEWS Largely due to the absence of a regulated tariff system for both funders and providers, medical schemes are forcing doctors to become "price takers" by charging patients what schemes are willing to pay. Making this point to the Health...
  • 31/03/2016
  • Health reforms to serve the public
  • BUSINESS DAY The Competition Commission’s health-care market inquiry is right to press Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi (pictured) about the Department of Health’s failure to implement social health insurance reforms recommended more than 10 years...
  • 31/03/2016
  • A good dose of healthcare reality
  • BUSINESS DAY Since the terms of reference for the Competition Commission’s market inquiry into the private healthcare sector were released in 2013, there has been muttering that it is politically motivated, but there hasn`t been much to back it up....
  • 31/03/2016
  • Private health sector needs business reengineering
  • CAPE TIMES, BUSINESS REPORT The private health sector in South Africa needs urgent business reengineering in order to increase access to healthcare and reduce costs. This is according to Dr Elsabé Conradie, General Manager: Stakeholder...
  • 31/03/2016
  • New healthcare management system delivers savings
  • MONEY MARKETING A personalised disease management intervention, based on clinical and statistical insights, has reduced the number of hospitalisation episodes for patients living with high risk chronic illnesses by 15.2%, a recent study by Agility...
  • 31/03/2016
  • Patient counts, revenues rise at new entrant Mediclinic
  • DIGITALLOOK.COM FTSE 100 private healthcare group Mediclinic International reported continued patient growth across all of its operating platforms in the 11 months to the end of February on Thursday, with an associated rise in revenues. In the...
  • 31/03/2016
  • Mediclinic UAE revenues rise
  • THENATIONAL.AE For the 11 months ended February 29 2016, Mediclinic’s Middle East business – excluding Al Noor – recorded revenues of Dh1.39 billion as bed day growth was at a rate of 5.9 per cent and outpatient and accident and emergency patient...
  • 31/03/2016
  • FTSE newcomer Mediclinic knuckles down on Al Noor integration
  • TELEGRAPH.CO.UK The South African healthcare company whose acquisition of Al Noor Hospitals in February propelled it into the FTSE 100 has issued its first trading update since completing the merger. Mediclinic International, which runs...
  • 18/03/2016
  • Bonitas, LMS ‘praat oor saamsmelt’
  • DIE BURGER Die twee mediese skemas Bonitas en Liberty Medical Scheme (LMS) oorweeg dit om te amalgameer. Die twee skemas het Woensdag in `n gesamentlike verklaring gesê hulle is "in gesprekke" om saam te smelt en die onderhandelinge "is in `n...
  • 17/03/2016
  • Bonitas and Liberty in talks
  • BUSINESS DAY Major medical schemes Bonitas Medical Fund and Liberty Medical Scheme have confirmed they are in discussions to amalgamate. "While negotiations are at an advanced stage, member consultation is imperative and various regulatory...
  • 17/03/2016
  • Hospital watchdog lacks power to enforce standards
  • BDLIVE.CO.ZA Babies sharing incubators and sedated patients left lying unattended on the floors were among grim findings made by the Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC), which on Wednesday told Parliament it lacked the legal muscle to...
  • 16/03/2016
  • Drive to cut price of HIV-prevention drugs
  • THE TIMES Medical aids should pay for members who are at high risk of contracting HIV to get preventative treatment. Aspen Pharma, the local manufacturer of Truvada — the two-in-one antiretroviral drug that is taken daily to prevent HIV...
  • 16/03/2016
  • Tweede 9/12 kan kom, waarsku Remgro
  • BEELD, SAKE24 Die geveg tussen die Valke en Pravin Gordhan, minister van finansies, kan `n besluit oor Suid-Afrika se afgradering verhaas, het Jannie Durand, uitvoerende hoof van Remgro, gister gese. Op `n vraag oor watter faktore horn nou die...
  • 15/03/2016
  • Medical malpractice rife
  • NEWS24.COM A judge has expressed concern about escalating medical malpractice law suits in KwaZulu-Natal, their impact on the public purse and potential to further compromise efficient provincial health services. Judge Daya Pillay said in a...
  • 15/03/2016
  • Our viewpoint: Motsoaledi must focus on public health
  • THE WITNESS Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is correct to deplore the high price of private health care in South Africa, which is exorbitant. The minister was making a presentation last Friday at the Competition Commission`s Market Inquiry into...
  • 14/03/2016
  • Minister and Netcare at odds over Lesotho hospital
  • BUSINESS DAY Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and JSE-listed private hospital group Netcare are at loggerheads over its partnership with the Lesotho government. On Friday, the parties sketched two very different pictures of Lesotho’s flagship...
  • 14/03/2016
  • ‘Regulate health costs to aid poor’
  • PRETORIA NEWS Minister calls for single fund to boost access to care Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi says the cost of private health care in South Africa needs to be regulated to improve access for the majority of South Africans. The...
  • 14/03/2016
  • Focus on NHI
  • ZULULAND OBSERVER With almost 80 percent of the population unable to afford health care, the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme proposes targeting the `rich` to subsidise the `poor`. Contained in the NHI draft white paper, these proposals...
  • 14/03/2016
  • Groot stygings 'weens private hospitale'
  • VOLKSBLAD Samesmeltings en oornames in die private hospitaalbedryf, hul noterings op die aandelebeurs en opbrengste vir aandeelhouers moet die skuld kry vir die skerp styging in die besteding van mediese skemas op hospitale, sê dr. Aaron...
  • 13/03/2016
  • Why are private hospitals so non transparent?
  • CITY PRESS Private hospitals were grilled during the Competition Commission’s healthcare market inquiry for failing to share information with patients about the quality of healthcare at their facilities. The panel, chaired by former Chief...
  • 12/03/2016
  • Health care in the spotlight
  • IOL.CO.ZA Private hospitals were on Friday depicted as profit-driven hotels for patients who were often sent to public hospitals once their funds ran out. This formed part of the national health department’s presentation during the Competition...
  • 12/03/2016
  • Inquiry hears scheme members’ PMB woes
  • IOL.CO.ZA The case of a mother who was forced to downscale her home to settle her daughter’s medical bills that her medical scheme failed to pay captured a health inquiry’s attention this week. It highlighted the failure of the law to provide...
  • 11/03/2016
  • ‘Mediesefondse sal moet sluit’
  • BEELD Indien die beleid in die witskrif oor nasionale gesondheidsversekering (NGV) toegepas word, sal mediese fondse hul deure moet sluit. Die witskrif, die finale beleidsdokument, lui skielik dat mediese fondse net die voordele sal mag dek wat...
  • 11/03/2016
  • Discovery weer in spervuur
  • BEELD `Fonds en sy administrateur verwar verbruikers` Die Raad op Me-diese Skemas (RMS) wil `n stokkie steek voor mediese skemas wat nie duidelik deur hul lede van hul administrateurs onderskei kan word nie. Dit sluit in die administrateur...
  • 11/03/2016
  • Hospitals pressed on quality of care
  • BUSINESS DAY Two leading groups commit to publish data on services so patients can compare The Competition Commission’s healthcare market inquiry pressed private hospitals yesterday to publish information on the quality of the services they...
  • 11/03/2016
  • Hospitals to reveal quality of services
  • CAPE ARGUS Private hospitals could soon publicise their success and failure rates - a move that will help consumers compare their performance and that of their doctors. During the public hearings of the Market Inquiry into Private Healthcare in...
  • 11/03/2016
  • Staff crisis at private hospitals
  • THE HERALD Life Healthcare`s Steve Taylor said the group`s 60-plus hospitals were short of nurses and specialists, and Mediclinic South Africa chief executive Koert Pretorius said nursing salaries were the largest operating input cost due to the...
  • 10/03/2016
  • One woman versus medical aid
  • BDLIVE.Co.ZA Consumers' battles with medical schemes came under the spotlight at the Competition Commission’s health market inquiry on Wednesday, as Cheryl Narunsky described how she had been forced to sell her house to pay her daughter’s medical...
  • 10/03/2016
  • Private pharmacies ‘are under threat`
  • NEW AGE The Independent Community Pharmacies Association (ICPA) says it intends serving the national Department of Health with a petition calling for changes in the legislation that allows for "unfair" business practices which it claims are harming...
  • 09/03/2016
  • Ongelykheid duur voort in dié private hospitale
  • DIE BURGER Die Wes-Kaapse departement van gesondheid gee toe sy regulasies oor die lisensiëring van private hospitale los nie ongelykheid op nie en daar is steeds gebiede met te min private hospitale. Dr. Krish Vallabhjee, hoofdirekteur...
  • 09/03/2016
  • Mediclinic’s healthy ambition
  • BUSINESS DAY A market leader in SA wants to grow abroad, hoping to reduce exposure to its slow-growing and politically unpredictable homeland, and its volatile currency. It comes up with a perfect solution: keep the back office in its...
  • 08/03/2016
  • Fight to overturn demise of doctors` union
  • CAPE TIMES A battle to save the South African Medical Association (Sama) trade union is expected to be waged by current and former leaders of the organisation following its dissolution. The Sama board announced it has done away with the union...
  • 07/03/2016
  • Medical lawsuits top R25m
  • CAPE ARGUS Cape health department forks out R25.8m in medico-legal suits in one year. The Western Cape Department of Health has in the past year paid over R25 million in medico-legal claims as scores of unhappy patients are increasingly suing...
  • 04/03/2016
  • MEC tables her health plan
  • NEW AGE `The assistance of communities, civil society and the private sector is crucial` for success. The MEC for health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, yesterday called on the communities, civil society and the private sector to assist her with her...
  • 04/03/2016
  • Spotlight falls on Discovery
  • DAILY DISPATCH The Competition Commission’s Health Market Inquiry on Wednesday flexed its muscles and asked SA`s biggest medical scheme administrator, Discovery Health, to submit its contracts with private hospital groups, along with the records of...
  • 03/03/2016
  • Health Inquiry puts Discovery on the spot
  • BUSINESS DAY The Competition Commission`s Health Market Inquiry flexed its muscles yesterday and asked SA`s biggest medical scheme administrator, Discovery Health, to submit its contracts with private hospital groups, along with the records of...
  • 02/03/2016
  • Inquiry grills BHF at hearings over conflicts of interest
  • BUSINESS DAY The Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) came in for close questioning at the Competition Commission’s Healthcare Market Inquiry yesterday, with panellists probing its role and teasing out potential conflicts of interest it faced in...
  • 01/03/2016
  • Benefits decision a boon for medical scheme members
  • BDLIVE.CO.ZA In a decision that has far-reaching implications for medical scheme members, the Constitutional Court has dismissed Genesis medical scheme’s application for leave to appeal against a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment last year,...
  • 01/03/2016
  • Concourt dismisses appeal bid
  • DAILY DISPATCH Private patients cannot be forced by their medical schemes to go into state hospitals for the treatment of diseases listed as prescribed minimum benefits (PMBs). The Constitutional Court has dismissed an appeal by Genesis Medical...
  • 01/03/2016
  • Victory for patient care
  • THE TIMES Medical plan's appeal scotched by top court patients cannot be forced by their medical schemes to go into state hospitals for the treatment of diseases listed as prescribed minimum benefits. The Constitutional Court has dismissed an...
  • 29/02/2016
  • Healthcare cost hearings continue
  • NEW AGE The third week of public hearings into the cost of private healthcare costs in the country by the Competition Commission’s health market inquiry is set to take place in Cape Town this week. This comes after the second week of public...
  • 29/02/2016
  • Making medical scheme benefits last longer
  • MONEY MARKETING The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), regulator of the medical schemes industry, advises medical scheme members to use their benefits wisely - especially at the beginning of the year -with the aim of making their benefits last...
  • 26/02/2016
  • Health-care crisis looms
  • CAPE ARGUS Projected R1bn budget shortfall may limit capacity of hospitals Medics and health activists have warned of a looming health crisis in the Western Cape as the provincial Department of Health is bracing itself for a massive budget...
  • 26/02/2016
  • Motsoaledi slams nurses' attitudes
  • SOWETAN Nurses with bad attitudes will be kicked out of their jobs when the National Health Insurance comes into effect. This was a stern warning from Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, who was addressing more than 500 nurses and their managers...
  • 25/02/2016
  • ‘Artse gedwing om te steel’
  • BEELD Fondse se betalings is glo minder as inflasie. Sommige dokters moet pasiënte inryg of huile onnodig behandel om geldelik kop bo water te hou, sê die Suid-Afrikaanse Mediese Vereniging (SAMV). Die SAMV het gister in Pretoria `n...
  • 25/02/2016
  • ‘Nog inligting oor plan vir finansiering kom eersdaags’
  • BEELD Die regering sal eersdaags se hoe hy nasionale gesondheidsversekering (NGV) wil finansier. Dit was al wat Pravin Gordhan, minister van finansies, in sy begrotingsrede hieroor gesê het. Meer inligting is oor die NGV verwag omdat dr....
  • 25/02/2016
  • Details on NHI expected shortly
  • BUSINESS DAY Commitment to reform of healthcare system is emphasised — but within what SA can afford. The Treasury will “shortly” release further details on its financing proposals for the National Health Insurance (NHI), the government`s...
  • 25/02/2016
  • ‘Don’t cut any posts’
  • CAPE ARGUS Healthcare bodies, including the South African Medical Association (Sama), have called on Treasury to be extra cautious when financing the health sector and appealed that critical posts not be cut as such a move could result in...
  • 25/02/2016
  • There’s no doubt we’re in crisis
  • IOL.co.za This year will be one of austerity for South Africa, with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announcing unprecedented cuts and freezes in his annual Budget speech address. “We must live with the money we have, not the money we think we...
  • 25/02/2016
  • Treasury allocates R4.5bn to the NHI
  • CAPE TIMES Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan yesterday allocated R4.5 billion to the National Health Insurance (NHI) over the medium-term expenditure framework period. The government is currently implementing NHI - a health-financing system...
  • 25/02/2016
  • FINANCIAL MAIL SPECIAL REPORT
  • A WING AND A PRAYER Government’s National Health Insurance plan (NHI), which has the noble ambition of extending affordable, quality treatment to all, is based on the most dramatic overhaul of the SA health-care system since the ANC came to power...
  • 24/02/2016
  • ANC wants better health services
  • NEW AGE The ANC PEC Lekgotla has said despite challenges in the provision of health services, the provincial health department was doing all in its power to offer adequate health services to communities. The ANC has, however, called for the...
  • 24/02/2016
  • No more plans - just do it
  • THE TIMES During a discussion about today`s Budget a journalist asked if there was still hope for the economy. I know what the situation is now, she observed, but tell me how it can be. Of course this country has promise, I answered, but it...
  • 24/02/2016
  • Inquiry into cost of private healthcare
  • NEW AGE Allegations of anti-competitive behaviour, collusion, disregard of evidence-based medicine and the high cost of medicine are some of the issues that came under focus at the health market inquiry sitting in Pretoria yesterday. The...
  • 24/02/2016
  • Schemes ‘put costs above health’
  • BUSINESS DAY Medical schemes and their administrators were prioritising short-term savings over patient health with their unscientific formularies, the Health Market Inquiry heard yesterday from specialist physician cardiologist, Jeff...
  • 23/02/2016
  • Healthcare inquiry is on
  • NEW AGE Organisations to make oral submissions inquiry is on as public hearings into costs get under way. The cost of private healthcare will continue to come under focus when the health market inquiry by the Competition Commission resumes...
  • 23/02/2016
  • Junk status to scare off investors
  • CAPE TIMES Nothing suggested that a downgrade in South Africa’s credit ratings to junk status by ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P) would result in a massive exodus of foreign investment from the country, Stanlib chief economist Kevin Lings...
  • 23/02/2016
  • Concern over ‘freezing’ of medical posts
  • NEW AGE The South African Medical Association (Sama) and the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP), an NGO set up to improve rural healthcare, have called on the Treasury and the Department of Health to provide guidance on how critical posts will be...
  • 23/02/2016
  • Expensive private health taken to task
  • SOWETAN The South African Medical Association and the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa are set to make presentations to an inquiry into the price of private medical care in the country today. The ongoing public hearings into healthcare...
  • 23/02/2016
  • Mediclinic se finansiële hoof tree vroeg af
  • NETWERK24.COM Mediclinic is op soek na `n nuwe finansiële hoof nadat Craig Tingle gevra het om vroeër af te tree. Tingle sal tot 15 Junie aan die stuur van die hospitaalgroep se geldsake bly om die voor-bereiding van die resultate vir die...
  • 22/02/2016
  • Hospital, specialist fees now ‘abnormal’
  • THE TIMES Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi says hospital and specialists` costs have reached "abnormal" levels. Private healthcare prices rise above inflation every year, leading to costlier medical aid premiums. The knock-on effect,...
  • 22/02/2016
  • Private care exposed as costly, insensitive
  • HEALTH-E.ORG.ZA After a week of public hearings into private healthcare, medical aids came out looking insensitive, while fees charged by hospitals and specialists were also hammered. A man mortgages his house to pay his hospital bill after a...
  • 22/02/2016
  • Healthcare facing major shake-up?
  • IAFRICA.COM The South African healthcare industry has been experiencing rapid and varied changes over the last decade or so and the last year in particular has seen a number of issues coming to a head. Healthcare is a major priority for the public...
  • 21/02/2016
  • Hoes, en betaal asof jy in Europa woon
  • NETWERK24.COM Private hospitale slaan vure dood ná ’n verslag wat sê Suid-Afrikaners betaal net soveel vir hospitaaldienste soos Franse, Duitsers en Britte. Dit, sê die Wêreldgesondheidsorganisasie (WGO) en ’n werkgroep van die Organisasie vir...
  • 21/02/2016
  • Cost of cancer can be a debt sentence
  • SUNDAY TIMES If you are a young woman in your mid-20s, you are not expecting to get a dread disease — and cancer is the furthest thing from your mind. This is what Mark Heywood from Section27 — a public interest law centre based in Johannesburg...
  • 19/02/2016
  • Kansa, Kardioloë: ‘Siekefondse belet sommige behandelings’
  • NETWERK24.COM Die wet en mediese fondse laat pasiënte dikwels in die steek wanneer hulle op hul weerloosste is. Volgens prof. Michael Herbst, ’n gesondheidspesialis van die Kankervereniging van Suid-Afrika (Kansa), is die voorgeskrewe minimum...
  • 19/02/2016
  • Medical aid schemes come under fire
  • CAPE ARGUS Medical aid schemes avoid covering their members for treatment they are obliged to cover by law, and patients pay up because they don`t know their rights. This emerged during the Competition Commission’s inquiry into private health...
  • 19/02/2016
  • Inquiry counts cost of medical aid
  • MAIL AND GUARDIAN The issue of prescribed minimum benefits dominated the start of the healthcare probe The long-anticipated public hearings for the inquiry into the private healthcare market kicked off in a frigid Pretoria conference room...
  • 19/02/2016
  • Minister lashes out on medical aids
  • THE MERCURY Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has lambasted private medical aid schemes for "exploiting" prescribed minimum benefits and making them their zama zamas. Prescribed minimum benefits are a set of defined benefits which ensure all...
  • 19/02/2016
  • Privately unhealthy?
  • THE STAR Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi first started using the South African term "zama zamas" to describe medical aids a couple of years ago. At first, it was quite humorous, and everyone privy to the minister`s anger and frustration around...
  • 19/02/2016
  • Medical aids 'pester docs' over patient care
  • TIMESLIVE.CO.ZA Medical aid schemes interfere in the doctor-patient relationship, resulting in poorer care for the patient. They also set prices for doctors, who can charge patients only what medical aids are prepared to pay. This is...
  • 19/02/2016
  • Minister slams medical aids
  • DAILY DISPATCH, BDLIVE.CO.ZA Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has accused medical aid schemes of exploiting prescribed minimum benefits (PMBs) to the detriment of their members. PMBs are a basket of healthcare services that all medical schemes...
  • 19/02/2016
  • ‘SA’s healthcare system in need of a total revamp’
  • EWN.CO.ZA Aaron Motsoaledi says prices in private healthcare & poor efficacy in the public sector must be addressed. The Health Department says South Africa’s healthcare system, both in the public and private sectors, is in need of a total...
  • 19/02/2016
  • Medical schemes exploit patients’ ignorance
  • HEALTH-E.ORG.ZA Medical schemes avoid covering their members for treatment they are obliged to cover by law, and patients pay up because they don’t know their rights. This emerged at the Competition Commission’s private healthcare inquiry into...
  • 19/02/2016
  • Mediclinic’s ongoing expansion into global markets
  • MONEYWEB.CO.ZA Company to leverage the benefits of being an international group for shareholders, doctors and patients. Undoubtedly one of the key mergers and acquisitions (M&A) themes in 2015 was offshore expansion as local companies look for...
  • 18/02/2016
  • ‘Siekefondse bots met staat se prioriteite’
  • BEELD Private mediese sorg het `n regmatige piek, maar is uit voeling met die nasionale prioriteite, volgens die menseregteorganisasie Section27. Dit is die minister van ge-sondheid se plig om maatreels in te stel om die wanbalans te probeer...
  • 18/02/2016
  • Te min poste vir dié medici
  • BEELD Suid-Afrika lei meer dokters op, maar daar is nie noodwendig staatsposte beskikbaar vir die wat kwalifiseer nie. Mediese poste in sewe provinsies word nie gevul nie weens begrotingsbeperkings, volgens navorsing van die Rural Health...
  • 18/02/2016
  • Staat vries poste, wys navorsing
  • BEELD Ondersoeke wys mediese poste in talle provinsies is moontlik amptelik én nie-amptelik gevries, maar die departement van gesondheid ontken dit volstrek. Die Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP) het navorsing daaroor gedoen en vasgestel ’n...
  • 18/02/2016
  • Medical aids ‘are like zama zamas’
  • THE STAR Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has lambasted private medical aid schemes for "exploiting" prescribed minimum benefits (PMBs) and making them their "zama zamas". PMBs are a set of defined benefits which ensure all medical scheme...
  • 18/02/2016
  • This is really sick
  • THE TIMES Private healthcare in South Africa costs much more than in rich countries South Africans pay more for private healthcare than people in 20 European countries, including Germany and France. An in-depth study by the World Health...
  • 18/02/2016
  • ‘Mental health takes a back seat’
  • PRETORIA NEWS Affordability of care in spotlight Mental health care came under the spotlight on the second day of public hearings at the CSIR in Pretoria on the affordability and accessibility of private health care. Stakeholders said...
  • 18/02/2016
  • Investigation into private health care in SA begins
  • CAPE ARGUS The long-awaited Competition Commission inquiry into private health care begins this week with an appeal for prices to be regulated. "The current absence of an effective framework for price regulation compromises patients` rights to...
  • 18/02/2016
  • Life Healthcare and joint medical face fine
  • BUSINESS DAY The Competition Tribunal may levy a R10m administrative penalty on private hospital groups Life Healthcare Group and Joint Medical Holdings, which have agreed with the Competition Commission they had effectively merged, but failed to...
  • 17/02/2016
  • Mediese fonds: ‘mense weet nie, dok self op’
  • NETWERK24.COM Onkunde oor minimum voordele in die kollig Talle mense betaal uit hul eie sak vir sekere toestande wat hul mediese fonds kragtens wet moet dek omdat hulle nie behoorlik ingelig is nie. Die voordeel word nie outomaties toegestaan...
  • 16/02/2016
  • Reverse takeover completed
  • THE STAR, THE MERCURY, PRETORIA NEWS Al Noor Hospitals yesterday announced the completion of its reverse takeover by Mediclinic International. Danie Meintjes, the chief executive of the combined group as of yesterday said: "We are very pleased...
  • 15/02/2016
  • Mediclinic reverse takeover of Al Noor completes
  • SOWETANLIVE.CO.ZA Al Noor Hospitals on Monday announced the completion of its reverse takeover by Mediclinic International. Danie Meintjes, chief executive officer of the combined group as of Monday, said: “We are very pleased to have completed...
  • 15/02/2016
  • Groter Mediclinic maak sy buiging
  • NETWERK24.COM Die Namibiese aandelemark (NSX) het ook die nuwe, groter “Mediclinic-skema” se sekondêre notering goedgekeur. Die verhandeling van die “ou” Mediclinic se aandele op die hoofbord van die JSE en die NSX is opgeskort en nuwe aandele...
  • 15/02/2016
  • Mediclinic, Al Noor complete their deal
  • IOL.CO.ZA Al Noor Hospitals on Monday announced the completion of its reverse takeover by Mediclinic International. Danie Meintjes, chief executive officer of the combined group as of Monday, said: “We are very pleased to have completed this...
  • 15/02/2016
  • Al Noor name change takes effect
  • STOCKMARKETWIRE.CO.ZA Al Noor Hospitals Group's change of name to Mediclinic International has become effective following the issuance of a certificate by Companies House. Trading in the company's shares under the new name of Mediclinic...
  • 14/02/2016
  • Lawyers targeting doctors after RAF shake-up - Motsoaledi
  • NEWS24.COM Malpractice lawyers have turned their sights on the health care system after shake-ups at the Road Accident Fund shut down that lucrative revenue stream, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Sunday. This has made doctors...
  • 05/02/2016
  • Breast cancer drug too expensive for SA women
  • CAPE ARGUS A life-saving breast cancer drug, Trastuzumab, is unaffordable for many South Africans, say activists. The Fix the Patent Laws coalition says that multiple patents on the drug held by Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche prevented local...
  • 05/02/2016
  • NHI a healthy dose to cure South Africa’s sickly system
  • MAIL AND GUARDIAN The release on December 11, 2015 of the much anticipated National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme white paper took place at a time of heightened anxiety for every South African and the investor community alike. For many, the...
  • 05/02/2016
  • Medical dagga use unresolved
  • THE CITIZEN Studies suggest cancer patient numbers will rise by 70%. Although World Cancer Day was commemorated yesterday, South Africa’s chance of using medical marijuana still lingers. The Medical Innovation Bill was tabled in parliament...
  • 04/02/2016
  • Will NHI cure SA's healthcare?
  • YOU, HUISGENOOT, DRUM The plan to make medical care available to all is hotly debated by fans and foes. Here’s what you need to know to join the debate. It’s expensive and too complex to implement properly. It will drive talented doctors out of...
  • 03/02/2016
  • Mediclinic International's London listing date disclosed
  • BUSINESS DAY Mediclinic International, which was being created by the merger of Al Noor Hospitals Group and Mediclinic International, will be listed in London on February 15, AL Noor CEO Ronald Lavater said yesterday. The combination, announced...
  • 03/02/2016
  • Mediclinic International to list in UK
  • THE CITIZEN Mediclinic International, which is being created by the merger of Al Noor Hospitals Group and Mediclinic International, will list in London on February 15, the chief executive of Al Noor has announced. The combination, formed in...
  • 02/02/2016
  • Mediese groepe looi raad oor kritiese verslag
  • BEELD Mediese belangegroepe het uitgevaar oor berigte dat die Raad vir Gesondheidsberoepe van Suid-Afrika (RGBSA) aanbevelings van `n ministeriele taakspan glo net as voorstelle beskou. `n Taakspan wat deur Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, minister van...
  • 02/02/2016
  • NHI proposal gives minister indigestion
  • DAILY DISPATCH South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has distanced himself from a controversial proposal in the white paper on National Health Insurance (NHI) to slash benefits offered by medical schemes, saying the state should not limit...
  • 02/02/2016
  • RGSA ‘arrogant oor hervorming’
  • DIE BURGER Mediese belangegroepe het teruggekap na berigte dat die Raad op Gesondheidsberoepe van Suid-Afrika (RGSA) aanbevelings van `n ministeriele taakspan glo bloot as voorstelle beskou. `n Taakspan wat deur dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, minister...
  • 02/02/2016
  • Mediclinic listing
  • CAPE TIMES,PRETORIA NEWS, THE MERCURY, THE STAR, The Merged entity from Mediclinic's reverse takeover of London-listed Al Noor Hospitals Group is set for a FTSE 100 debut at the March review, according to Investec. The transaction will create the...
  • 02/02/2016
  • Mediclinic BEE deal pays out R1.4bn
  • IOL Mediclinic said on Tuesday that the employee component of its black economic empowerment transaction had been an exceptional success, with more than R1.4 billion distributed among eligible employees. In the deal, struck in December 2005,...
  • 02/02/2016
  • Mediclinic International successfully places shares
  • SHAREBOX During December 2005, Mediclinic International Limited, concluded a broad-based black economic empowerment transaction in terms of which strategic black partners as well as Mediclinic employees were introduced as shareholders, in...
  • 01/02/2016
  • Health minister happy with HPCSA’S progress
  • CAPE TIMES Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is satisfied with the progress made by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in implementing a ministerial task team's recommendations. Motsoaledi met the council last week and...
  • 01/02/2016
  • Affordable healthcare on the cards for SA
  • VUKUZENZELE Government is close to implementing the National Health Insurance (NHI), which will ensure that South Africans live long and healthy lives. The NHI will cover vulnerable groups, such as women, children, older persons, people with...
  • 31/01/2016
  • Annual medical schemes industry trends
  • MONEY MARKETING Alexander Forbes Health recently released the latest edition of Diagnosis, an annual publication that analyses key trends in the medical schemes industry. Providing an overview of the financial and demographic performance of...
  • 29/01/2016
  • Increase in hospital patient numbers
  • CAPE ARGUS As the festive season gets into full swing and with new-year celebrations around the corner, health authorities and emergency centres are bracing themselves for a busier time with trauma cases across the province starting to...
  • 29/01/2016
  • Health professionals’ bodies irate at council’s dysfunction
  • CAPE ARGUS A number of health professionals’ organisations have lambasted the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) - suggesting the regulatory body remains in disarray three months after it was set for an overhaul. This week, the SA Medical...
  • 29/01/2016
  • Choosing an affordable medical aid for 2016
  • THE STAR, PRETORIA NEWS, THE MERCURY, CAPE TIMES We know how to make your medical savings last longer. Medical scheme members who run out of their savings long before the year ends could find themselves having to cut back on expensive...
  • 29/01/2016
  • Healthy patients pay off for docs
  • THE TIMES Doctors are being paid to keep patients healthy instead of only when they are sick. Discovery Health has decided to pay doctors more for having healthier diabetic patients whose condition is managed so that they do not develop...
  • 28/01/2016
  • Minister to check whether council heeded directives
  • CAPE TIMES Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi will meet the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) today to discuss progress in implementing a ministerial task team’s recommendations. The South African Medical Association (Sama) has...
  • 28/01/2016
  • Mediclinic warns of job scam
  • WORCESTER STANDARD Job seekers are warned not to fall for false advertisements seeking applications for positions at Mediclinic. The private hospital group has issued a press release to warn job seekers to be vigilant. "It has come to our...
  • 27/01/2016
  • Competition body backs Mediclinic, Al Noor tie-up
  • NEW AGE The Competition Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal that the proposed merger between Abu Dhabi-based hospital group Al Noor and Mediclinic be approved without conditions. Al Noor will have control over Mediclinic and...
  • 26/01/2016
  • NHI will destroy medical schemes
  • THE TIMES Almost a quarter-of-a-million people have thrown their weight behind plans to introduce a single state-run medical insurance scheme. The advent of a national health insurance fund, as outlined in a white paper published last month,...
  • 25/01/2016
  • Werkaansoeke: pasop vir skelmstreke
  • DIE BURGER, BEELD Geen werkgewer sal jou vra om te betaal bloot om aansoek te doen vir `n pos of vir opleiding nie. Wees dus versigtig dat jy nie in jou desperaatheid om werk of beter werk te kry, die slagoffer word van `n skelmspul nie. Sowel...
  • 24/01/2016
  • Looking back on health
  • NEW AGE The Health Department celebrates its successes, but there is much to do in 2016. It was an eventful 12 months for the health sector in South African, majorly defined by drug shortages, investigation of the Health Professions Council of...
  • 22/01/2016
  • Health care is a social investment
  • PRETORIA NEWS, THE MERCURY, THE STAR It’s not like any other commodity, so it shouldn`t be sold like any other commodity. Janet Smith spoke to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Minister Aaron Motsoaledi answers six big questions around the NHI...
  • 22/01/2016
  • Disarray bodes ill for NHI
  • MAIL & GUARDIAN Universal access to healthcare could be of immense benefit to South Africa. Research is clear that countries with well-implemented government health insurance schemes have significantly better health outcomes than those with...
  • 22/01/2016
  • Giving NHI a chance
  • PRETORIA NEWS, THE STAR In our country, where there is so much need, the seeming arrogance of the Hospital Association of South Africa (Hasa) is out of kilter with the wishes of the majority. Hasa protects a multibillion-rand private industry...
  • 22/01/2016
  • Triage situation
  • THE MERCURY, DIAMONDFIELD ADVERTISER In our country, where there is so much need, the seeming arrogance of the Hospital Association of South Africa (Hasa) is out of kilter with the wishes of the majority. Hasa protects a multibillion-rand...
  • 22/01/2016
  • The NHI: What the white paper doesn’t cover
  • THE TIMES The Minister of Health published a White Paper on National Health Insurance in the Government Gazette on December 11. The public now has a period of three months, from December 11, to provide comment on the contents of the White Paper....
  • 22/01/2016
  • How to spot Mediclinic and Netcare scam jobs
  • HEALTH24.COM Mediclinic has joined Netcare to warn the public from fake job adverts doing the rounds on social media platforms. Mediclinic is the latest healthcare facility to be targeted by unscrupulous scamsters. "It has come to our...
  • 21/01/2016
  • ‘Plan sal nóg dokters verdryf’
  • NETWERK24.COM Opleiding in Kuba ’n slegte idee, sê kundige Nasionale gesondheidsorgversekering (NGV) sal meer medici uit die land dryf en gesondheidsorgdienste se gehalte verswak. So meen Jasson Urbach, ekonoom, direkteur van die...
  • 20/01/2016
  • NHI could make economy sick
  • THE TIMES The cost of the proposed national health insurance scheme has been vastly underestimated, could cripple the economy and would be an added burden on the taxpayer. This is according to Jasson Urbach, an economist and a director of the...
  • 20/01/2016
  • Plan ‘is `n ramp wat dreig’
  • BEELD 'Gehalte van sorg sal afneem` Nasionale gesondheidsversekering (NGV) is `n naderende ramp - vir die ekonomie en vir gesondheids-dienste. "`n Arm, ontwikkelende land soos Suid-Afrika kan `n genasionaliseer-de gesondheidstelsel...
  • 20/01/2016
  • Motsoaledi's prescription for health is incoherent
  • BUSINESS DAY If you think healthcare is expensive, wait until you see how much it costs when it is "free". If you lament the deplorable state of public healthcare, wait until you see how bad it is after they "improve" it. Healthy people who...
  • 19/01/2016
  • Cuba crisis to hit NHI
  • THE WITNESS Failing students set to hurt national health insurance. The actions of the Cuban medical students accused of evangelising on street corners in the island state could affect the rollout of the National Health Insurance. Leading...
  • 19/01/2016
  • Chronic sufferers may be hit by new law
  • THE TIMES, THE HERALD With the law being changed to allow medical aid schemes to reduce the rates they pay for prescribed benefits, chronic disease sufferers might have to pay more for their treatment. However, Profmed chief executive Graham...
  • 19/01/2016
  • Mediclinic aandeelhouers sê ja
  • DIE BURGER Mediclinic, Al Noor word een Hospitaalgroep se aandele 1 week lank nie verhandelbaar Jy sal vir ‘n week in Februarie nie Mediclinic-aandele kan verhandel op die JSE nie. Die hospitaalgroep se omgekeerde samesmelting met die AI...
  • 15/01/2016
  • Public invited to inquiry into healthcare
  • THE TIMES Private healthcare costs getting you down? Next month you can share your experience with the Competition Commission healthcare market inquiry. The inquiry — charged with investigating why private health costs are so high — announced...
  • 15/01/2016
  • Shot in the arm for medicine registrations
  • PRETORIA NEWS Gone will be the days where backlogs as long as six years exist to register medicines in the country. Gone will be the days of a small, under-resourced and under-staffed regulatory body, drowning in a workload that it was...
  • 15/01/2016
  • ‘Health inquiry is inquisitional’
  • NEW AGE Stakeholders in the healthcare sector can be rest assured that the inquiry into healthcare will not be a process of litigation but simply inquisitional. Former chief justice and chairperson of the competition commission, Sandile...
  • 15/01/2016
  • Medical scheme obliged to pay PMB costs in full
  • THE TIMES The long-awaited judgment in the matter between The Council for Medical Schemes v Genesis Medical Scheme (20518/14) (2015) ZASCA 161 was handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in November. The court confirmed that medical...
  • 15/01/2016
  • Company comment: Chrome Market, Jannie Durand
  • BDLIVE.CO.ZA REMGRO boss Jannie Durand has relinquished his board seat at Discovery after four years to avoid "any possible conflicts of interest". Durand is a nonexecutive director at Remgro investee company Mediclinic, a healthcare chain that...
  • 14/01/2016
  • Row over NHI scheme
  • NEW AGE Tensions are simmering over the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme and the costs to make the scheme a reality. Lobby groups have come out guns blazing in the wake of the release of a white paper for public comment on the...
  • 14/01/2016
  • Anti-NHI lobbying heats up
  • NEW AGE Critics agree to National Health Insurance in principle but say prevailing economic conditions make it unworkable A row is brewing over the practicality of the mooted National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme as lobby groups decry its...
  • 13/01/2016
  • NHI 'unconstitutional’
  • THE TIMES Forcing people to fund it contrary to Bill of Rights If the National Health Insurance is introduced in its current draft form there would be room for a challenge to its constitutionality. This is according to Neil Kirby, a medical...
  • 13/01/2016
  • Many areas of concern in NHI
  • THE STAR, CAPE TIMES, PRETORIA NEWS, THE MERCURY The Minister of Health has published a White Paper on National Health Insurance in the Government Gazette on December 11, 2015. The public now has a period of three months to provide comment on...
  • 11/01/2016
  • 3.5% growth a prerequisite
  • PRETORIA NEWS The Government’s proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) plan would never come into being unless South Africa’s economy grew by at least 3.5 percent on average each year, AfriBusiness said on Saturday "Taxpayers will have to fork out...
  • 05/01/2016
  • NHI a crippling financial burden to taxpayers
  • THE HERALD The Department of Health released its latest white paper on National Health Insurance (NHI) last month, introducing the scheme as one to "pool funds to provide quality, affordable ... health services ... irrespective of... socio-economic...
  • 29/12/2015
  • National health scheme will be a disaster for all
  • PRETORIA NEWS The proposals in the National Health Insurance (NHI) White Paper, if adopted, would prove to be an unmitigated disaster, not only for health care in South Africa, but also for the economy in general. The proposed NHI would essentially...
  • 19/12/2015
  • New NHI proposals relegate medical schemes to the sidelines
  • PRETORIA NEWS You will have to obtain all essential medical services from public and private healthcare providers contracted to the National Health Insurance system, according to the government's latest policy proposals. Laura du Preez...
  • 17/12/2015
  • Demand in neglected areas
  • FINANCIAL MAIL While SA’s dominant hospital groups venture offshore into more developed markets, smaller groups are making inroads into non-metropolitan areas in SA — disproving the notion that the local market is saturated. The big three — Life...
  • 17/12/2015
  • Mediese fonds moet betaal
  • BEELD AI meer ly aan hoë bloeddrukToename ingetal chroniese siektes. Al hoe meer mediesefondslede ly aan die een of ander chroniese siekte en hoë bloeddruk staan kop en skouers bo die res uit. Meer as 70 begunstigdes per 1000 het in 2009...
  • 17/12/2015
  • No remedy in NHI White Paper
  • BUSINESS DAY It is still unclear how the system will be paid for. Had it been released on any other day, the new White Paper on the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) system might have made much bigger headlines, and led to much louder...
  • 17/12/2015
  • All the nuts and bolts of the NHI
  • MAIL AND GUARDIAN The health scheme is scheduled to be functioning by 2025 but the precise costs are still not known. In just 10 years from now, South Africans could be paying significantly less for private health services; spending an entire...
  • 17/12/2015
  • Al Noor hospitals shareholders approve Mediclinic deal
  • DIGITAL LOOK Al Noor Hospitals' shareholders have approved the Emirates-based healthcare provider's combination with South Africa's Mediclinic. Chief executive Ronald Lavater said: "We are delighted to announce that the combination with...
  • 14/12/2015
  • NHI squeeze coming
  • THE TIMES Higher taxes, restricted choices on the cards The middle class will have to pay more tax and will not be able to use medical aid schemes to fund most private healthcare procedures — if and when national health insurance is introduced...
  • 14/12/2015
  • NGV-hart op regte plek, maar te duur
  • BEELD Die beoogde nasionale gesondheidsversekering (NGV) is ‘n goedbedoelde plan, maar is "eenvoudig onbekostigbaar", meen die DA. Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, minister van gesondheid, het Vrydag die langverwagte witskrif vir die NGV uitgereik. Die...
  • 14/12/2015
  • Health costs dismissed as a thumbsuck
  • BUSINESS DAY The Democratic Alliance (DA) yesterday panned the government’s estimated costs for National Health Insurance, describing figures in the White Paper released for public comment on Friday as little more than a "thumbsuck". The...
  • 14/12/2015
  • A sketchy grand public health vision
  • BUSINESS DAY Eight years and two policy papers following a resolution by the African National Congress (ANC) to implement National Health Insurance, there are still yawning gaps in the government's plans to provide universal health coverage. The...
  • 14/12/2015
  • Health insurance compulsory for everyone
  • DIAMOND FIELD ADVERTISER A massive revolution is set to change the face of health care in South Africa, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi said when unveiling the white paper on National Health Insurance (NHI) last week. The white paper will...
  • 14/12/2015
  • Gesondheidsversekering net te duur, sê DA
  • DIE BURGER Nasionale gesondheidsversekering (NGV) is `n goed bedoelde plan, maar is "eenvoudig onbekostigbaar", meen die DA. Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, minister van gesondheid, het Vrydag die langverwagte witskrif vir die NGV uitgereik. Die plan sal...
  • 14/12/2015
  • NHI spells death of medical aids
  • THE HERALD Policy document finally released, but expert labels it absurd, superficial, irrational South Africa’s middle class will not be able to use medical aids to fund most private healthcare procedures if National Health Insurance becomes...
  • 14/12/2015
  • NHI rollout nears its end
  • CAPE ARGUS As the first phase of the National Health Insurance rollout nears its end, patients seeking treatment at public healthcare facilities could soon be issued unique NHI cards allowing them to access services and collect medication at...
  • 14/12/2015
  • White paper fuzzy on how to get private doctors’ buy-in
  • HEALTH-E NEWS We’ve finally been given government’s blue-print for how it plans to marry the private and public health sectors – the NHI White Paper. But many areas are fuzzy, particularly how it will persuade private doctors to work in a system...
  • 13/12/2015
  • Cure the sick economy first
  • WEEKEND ARGUS No one should be left behind. This is really the underlying message of the government`s plan to revolutionise the country`s health system. A simple illustration of this, given on Friday by Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, was of...
  • 13/12/2015
  • Motsoaledi slates private sector as he unveils NHI plans
  • SUNDAY TIMES The billions of rands to be spent on implementing the national health insurance scheme will be money well spent, says Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Addressing a media conference at the unveiling of the new white paper on the NHI...
  • 13/12/2015
  • Ambulans 'moet jou help'
  • SON OP SONDAG Aaron Motsoaledi, minister van gesondheid, het Vrydag gesê die dae is verby toe `n ambulans `n pasiënt langs die pad kon los net omdat hy of sy nie `n mediese fonds of geld het nie. Hy het gesê: "G’n ambulans sal `n pasiënt weer...
  • 13/12/2015
  • Siekefondse is 'pro-rykes'
  • RAPPORT Mediese fondse, soos wat dit nou bestaan, sal verbied word en Suid-Afrikaners sal tot 4% meer inkomstebelasting moet betaal om die nasionale gesondheidsversekering (NGV) te finansier. Dit is van die verreikende gevolge van die...
  • 13/12/2015
  • NHI White Paper sketchy on cost to SA taxpayers
  • CITY PRESS The National Health Insurance (NHI) white paper has finally been released, and every South African now has a chance to go through it and submit comments. The paper, released on Friday by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, lays the...
  • 12/12/2015
  • Big plans for health service ‘revolution’
  • IOL A massive revolution is set to completely change the face of the health delivery system if the ideals of the White Paper on the National Health Insurance (NHI) come to pass. The White Paper promises to rope everyone in the country into the...
  • 12/12/2015
  • One emergency number on the cards – Motsoaledi
  • NEWS24 Gone are the days when an ambulance can leave a patient on the side of the road simply because he or she doesn't have a medical aid or money, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Friday. “No ambulance is going to leave a patient...
  • 12/12/2015
  • Revolution in SA's health care on way
  • WEEKEND ARGUS Retails indicate NHI will cost R225 billion A revolution is set to hit the country, completely changing the face of the health delivery system - if the ideals of the White Paper on the national health insurance succeed. The White...
  • 12/12/2015
  • Stelsel 'sal nie alles vir almal dek'
  • DIE BURGER `n Enorme herorganisasie van die gesondheidstelsel le voor om die plan vir die Nasionale Gesondheidsversekering (NGV) uit te voer. Dit geld veral die staatsektor, het dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, minister van ge-sondheid, gister hier gesê....
  • 11/12/2015
  • NHI will cover everyone: Motsoaledi
  • TIMES LIVE Under the NHI, medical schemes will only offer top-up cover for those services not covered by the NHI, the NHI will be funded through a central fund (partially funded from a payroll levy), medical brokers will be done away with (they...
  • 11/12/2015
  • Health dept avails NHI white paper to public
  • EWN Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says while Cabinets’ adoption of the white paper on the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme is a positive development, government still has a long way to go to implement the system. The Health Department...
  • 11/12/2015
  • NHI White Paper released
  • IAFRICA Cabinet has approved the national Department of Health's publishing of the White Paper on the National Health Insurance (NHI) for public consultation. The process towards the phased implementation of the NHI starts with the finalisation...
  • 11/12/2015
  • NHI: equal access to healthcare well on track
  • ENCA South Africans pay the highest prices in the world for medical care, second only to the mighty United States. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is on a mission to rectify this, and his weapon is the National Health Insurance (NHI). The...
  • 11/12/2015
  • Nene: the reasons, please
  • DAILY NEWS If there is one Cabinet post a president should not play politics with, it is the finance minister - especially that of a Treasury head in an emerging economy amid economic upheaval. Nhlanhla Nene was not fired for incompetence. His...
  • 02/12/2015
  • New three-in-one pill launched for TB patients
  • BDLIVE The non-profit TB Alliance on Wednesday announced the launch of a new child-friendly pill for treating tuberculosis (TB). The development is expected to improve minors’ chances of completing their six-month drug regimen. However, it is...
  • 01/12/2015
  • India looks to improve African health
  • BDLIVE At the recent India-Africa summit in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met 54 African heads of state to discuss ways of deepening relationships, including working together to improve public health. For India, the main goal is to...
  • 01/12/2015
  • Mediclinic set to take over Al Noor
  • IOL VPS Healthcare said it decided not to make a formal offer for Al Noor Hospitals Group, leaving Mediclinic International as the last company in the race to take over the Abu Dhabi-based health-care provider. “After a thorough assessment of...
  • 01/12/2015
  • Doctors worried by new move on staff
  • THE HERALD The SA Medical Association warned yesterday that reductions in personnel would hurt vulnerable sectors of the population, boost litigation costs and aggravate working conditions. The association said "austerity measures" set to be...
  • 01/12/2015
  • Patients ‘in danger’ from jobs freeze
  • THE TIMES Freezing physician and nursing posts as a cost-cutting measure in five provinces is "dangerously short sighted" and will hurt vulnerable patients, increase litigation costs and worsen working conditions, the SA Medical Association has...
  • 01/12/2015
  • Treating cancer faster
  • DAILY NEWS Netcare Parklands Hospital in Overport has taken delivery of a new radiotherapy cancer treatment machine that speeds up treatment for patients. The multimillion-rand machine is officially known as Varian’s Linac Trilogy but staff have...
  • 30/11/2015
  • Don't cut medical staff‚ SAMA warns
  • TIMES LIVE The SA Medical Association warned on Monday that cuts in medical personnel would hurt vulnerable sectors of the population‚ boost litigation costs and aggravate working conditions. In a statement‚ the association said “austerity...
  • 30/11/2015
  • VPS healthcare says won't make an offer for Al Noor hospitals
  • REUTERS VPS Healthcare said on Monday it did not intend to make an offer for Al Noor Hospitals Group (ANHA.L), clearing the way for South Africa's Mediclinic International (MDCJ.J) to buy the United Arab Emirates-based company. Private...
  • 30/11/2015
  • VPS healthcare quits takeover race for Al Noor of Abu Dhabi
  • BLOOMBERG VPS Healthcare LLC said it decided not to make a formal offer for Al Noor Hospitals Group Plc, leaving Mediclinic International Ltd. as the last company in the race to take over the Abu Dhabi-based health-care provider. “After a...
  • 30/11/2015
  • Mediclinic set to clinch deal with Al Noor as VPS drops out
  • DIGITAL LOOK South Africa’s Mediclinic looks set to clinch its deal with Emirates-based healthcare provider Al Noor Hospitals after Abu Dhabi-based VPS Healthcare said on Monday that it does not intend to make an offer for the company. On 20...
  • 30/11/2015
  • Doctors still not confident about NHI
  • MONEY MARKETING Most South African medical professionals are still doubtful about the implementation of the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme into the country`s healthcare system. According to a survey conducted by PPS among almost...
  • 26/11/2015
  • Too much pressure
  • FINWEEK Private hospital groups in South Africa have shown substantial growth over the past two decades, with Mediclinic, which has grown its international footprint aggressively, the largest group by value with a market capitalisation of R117.8bn....
  • 26/11/2015
  • Mediclinic's search for assets pays off
  • FINWEEK Mediclinic`s recent results showed that the private hospital owner was bucking the industry trend, with net profit up 12% to R2bn. With healthy results, and an international shopping spree that is backed by deep-pocketed shareholder Remgro,...
  • 25/11/2015
  • Drought will lead to surge in diseases - authorities
  • CAPE ARGUS The SA Medical Association (Sama) has warned the country could expect a surge in water-borne diseases as temperatures climb and the drought in many provinces worsens. "The direct and indirect consequences of climate change - with five...
  • 24/11/2015
  • Watchdog to ‘strengthen service delivery’
  • CAPE ARGUS Faults in the health sector may be under further scrutiny as the Department of Health introduces a statutory body to handle complaints lodged by the public. MEC of Health Nomafrench Mbombo yesterday introduced the country's first...
  • 24/11/2015
  • Health watchdog here
  • NEW AGE The Independent Health Complaints Committee (II ICC) was introduced by the provincial government yesterday and tasked with monitoring a public-health system that serves 75% of the population. Western Cape health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo...
  • 24/11/2015
  • Collusion to defraud medical aids increasing
  • FIN24 The prevalence of healthcare fraud involving collusion between medical aid members and healthcare providers is increasing. According to estimates by the Healthcare Forensic Management Unit (HFMU) of the Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern...
  • 24/11/2015
  • Netcare expects higher demand
  • DAILY DISPATCH Private hospital group Net-care expects higher demand for its services next year. It said yesterday that planned capital expenditure in South Africa would remain high at about R2-billion - covering 44 new beds, the relocation of...
  • 24/11/2015
  • Netcare on the prowl for targets
  • CAPE TIMES Earnings rise gives group more muscle. Private hospital operator Netcare is seeking international acquisitions as full-year earnings have risen on the addition of new beds in its South African operations. "When the right opportunity...
  • 24/11/2015
  • Netcare: Mededinging neem toe in Gauteng
  • DIE BURGER Die hospitaalgroep Netcare se aandeelprys het Maandag in `n stadium met amper 3% gedaal nadat sy resultate vir die boekjaar tot einde September getoon het dat die vraag na sy hospitaalbeddens onder druk is. Die totale getal dae wat...
  • 23/11/2015
  • Healthcare probe hearings extended
  • NEW AGE The Competition Commission is reopening registration for oral submissions at public hearings into the Health Market Inquiry (HMI). Six sets of hearings are expected to take place from February 1 to 12.The Competition Commission began a...
  • 20/11/2015
  • SA leads master plan to blot out TB worldwide
  • TIMESLIVE The global approach to beating tuberculosis means it will take almost 200 years to eradicate it, despite it being a curable disease. Lucica Ditiu, executive director of the Stop TB Partnership, said it is a human tragedy that TB is...
  • 19/11/2015
  • Raise voice on affordable medicine
  • CAPE TIMES, THE STAR Imagine that a diagnosis has turned your life upside down. Perhaps it is HIV and you must now take daily treatment for the rest of your life to remain healthy - but sometimes the pills are not available in the clinic because...
  • 19/11/2015
  • CMS quarterly report
  • MEDICALSCHEMES.COM The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has published its quarterly report for the period ended 30 June 2015. The report represents the results of the analysis of the quarterly statutory returns for the period ended 30 June...
  • 19/11/2015
  • Notable ruling on medical aid
  • DAILY DISPATCH The Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled that Genesis medical scheme must pay for Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMBs) in full, regardless of what its own rules say. PMBs are a basket of services that all schemes must provide to their...
  • 19/11/2015
  • Dire shortage of doctors, nurses
  • NEW AGE Despite spending huge amounts of money on healthcare - about 8% of gross domestic product compared with the World Health Organisation`s recommended 5% - South Africa's public health system is alarmingly under-resourced. This newspaper...
  • 18/11/2015
  • Minimum benefits 'must be paid in full'
  • BUSINESS DAY The Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled that Genesis medical scheme must pay for Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMBs) in full, regardless of what its own rules say. PMBs are a basket of services that all schemes must provide to their...
  • 16/11/2015
  • Tekort aan entstof teen TB in SA
  • BEELD Suid-Afrika en ook die res van die wereld het ‘n tekort aan entstof teen tuberkulose (TB), maar die Departement van Gesondheid se advieskomitee oor entstowwe se die situasie is nie ernstig nie. Die Nasionale Adviserende Groep oor...
  • 13/11/2015
  • Mediclinic sees Middle East as platform for growth
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Growing demand globally for private healthcare is providing growth and new opportunities for Mediclinic. The private hospitals group has reported a 16% rise in normalised revenue for the six months to September. Normalised...
  • 13/11/2015
  • Mediclinic grows
  • NEW AGE South Africa’s largest private hospital group Mediclinic International posted a 16% jump in half-year earnings yesterday, aided by revenue growth from its Swiss business. Mediclinic, which runs the largest private hospital network in...
  • 13/11/2015
  • Weaker rand gives Mediclinic a boost
  • CAPE TIMES Private health-care group Mediclinic International’s profit and revenue got a boost from exchange rate weakness in the half-year to September, but the results left investors unimpressed owing to concerns about the company’s profit...
  • 13/11/2015
  • Mediclinic raak 'n reus
  • DIE BURGER Ná Londense notering steeds uit Stellenbosch bedryf. Die hospitaalgroep Mediclinic International gaan ná die omgekeerde notering van die Al Noor-hospitaalgroep op die Londense beurs die derde grootste genoteerde hospitaalgroep in die...
  • 13/11/2015
  • Mediclinic keeps eyes peeled for further acquisitions
  • BUSINESS DAY Private hospital group Mediclinic International is still on the prowl for possible acquisitions, according to CEO Danie Meintjes. This comes hard on the heels of the group’s announcement last month that it plans to combine with Al...
  • 12/11/2015
  • Mediclinic buoyed by Forex moves
  • IOL Mediclinic International, South Africa’s largest private-hospital owner which has agreed to combine with Al Noor Hospitals Group of Abu Dhabi, said first-half profit increased 12 percent as the Switzerland and Middle East units grew and the...
  • 12/11/2015
  • Mediclinic profit climbs on Swiss, middle east hospital growth
  • MONEYWEB Mediclinic International Ltd., South Africa’s largest private-hospital owner which has agreed to combine with Al Noor Hospitals Group Plc of Abu Dhabi, said first-half profit increased 12 percent as the Switzerland and Middle East units...
  • 12/11/2015
  • Mediclinic benefits from weak rand
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Mediclinic on Thursday said it continues to see "strong demand" for its healthcare services in the regions in which it operates. The private hospital group said the desire for "quality" private healthcare had helped it lift...
  • 12/11/2015
  • Swiss revenues give south Africa’s Mediclinic a boost
  • REUTERS South Africa's largest private hospital group Mediclinic International posted a 16 percent jump in half-year earnings on Thursday, aided by revenue growth from its Swiss business. Mediclinic, which runs the largest private hospital...
  • 12/11/2015
  • Overseas expansion a boost for Mediclinic
  • FIN24 South Africa's biggest private hospital group and sixth biggest in the world, Mediclinic International [JSE:MDC], on Thursday posted a 16% increase in normalised revenue to R19 565m (2014: R16 828m) for the six months to end-September. ...
  • 12/11/2015
  • New look for Mediclinic
  • DISTRIKSPOS The Mediclinic revamp is on track and scheduled for completion in 2016. The new facility will have a world-class cardiac unit with a newly added state-of-the-art hybrid theatre, a larger emergency centre, radiology department, doctor...
  • 16/10/2015
  • NMC health approaches Al Noor about counteroffer
  • MONEYWEB.CO.ZA NMC Health, a United Arab Emirates health-care company, made an approach to Al Noor Hospitals Group about a possible offer that would challenge an earlier proposal by South Africa’s Mediclinic International. NMC Health, the first...
  • 16/10/2015
  • Mediclinic gets approval for London
  • THE CITIZEN Mediclinic has pipped rival bidder NMC Health to the post, securing a deal in principle to acquire the £1.5 billion AL Noor Hospital Group that will see the local firm swapping its primary listing from the JSE to London. The...
  • 15/10/2015
  • ‘Slim skuif’ vir Mediclinic
  • BEELD Wil met VAE-groep Al Noor saamsmelt Die kans dat private hospitale goedkoper sal word vir pasiënte as Mediclinic International met nog `n hospitaalgroep saamsmelt, is skraal. Volgens Reuben Beelders, `n ontleder by Gryphon Batebe-stuur,...
  • 15/10/2015
  • Mediclinic beats rival bidder to secure deal with Al Noor
  • BUSINESS DAY Mediclinic International’s tie-up with the Al Noor Hospitals Group will create the third-biggest acute hospital group outside the US and the biggest private health provider in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), writes Tamar Kahn. The...
  • 15/10/2015
  • Mediclinic in merger with Al Noor
  • BUSINESS DAY JSE-listed hospital group Mediclinic International and Al Noor Hospitals Group have agreed to combine in a deal that will see the new entity listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), with a secondary listing in SA. It will also create...
  • 15/10/2015
  • Mediclinic buys UAE hospitals
  • CAPE TIMES, BUSINESS TIMES Mediclinic International has agreed to buy United Arab Emirates` (UAE) Al Noor Hospitals for about £1.5 billion (R30.7bn) to create the biggest private health -care provider in the UAE, even as rival NMC Health vowed to...
  • 15/10/2015
  • Mediclinic, Al Noor join up
  • NEW AGE South Africa’s hospital company Mediclinic announced yesterday that it will combine with Dubai-based Al Noor in a deal that is set to create South Africa’s largest hospital group on a revenue basis. Al Noor will acquire Mediclinic in a...
  • 15/10/2015
  • Mediclinic buys UAE hospitals
  • PRETORIA NEWS Mediclinic International has agreed to buy United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Al Noor Hospitals for about £1.5 billion (R30.7bn) to create the biggest private health -care provider in the UAE, even as rival NMC Health vowed to keep pursuing...
  • 15/10/2015
  • JSE flat as Mediclinic moves on UAE deal
  • PRETORIA NEWS Stocks were flat yesterday, with private healthcare group Mediclinic the biggest loser after saying it would take over Gulf group Al Noor, while financial shares rallied. The benchmark JSE Top40 index slipped 0.07 percent to 47...
  • 15/10/2015
  • Al Noor agrees to Mediclinic nuptials
  • THE CITIZEN Mediclinic International has agreed to combine with healthcare provider Al Noor Hospitals Group to create the biggest private healthcare provider in the United Arab Emirates. Al Noor proposes to buy Johannesburg-based Mediclinic in a...
  • 15/10/2015
  • Mediclinic international, gulf group Al Noor agree on tie-up
  • THE HERALD Mediclinic International and Al Noor Hospitals Group have agreed to combine, creating a hospital company with operations in the Gulf states, South Africa, the UK and Switzerland, after Al Noor fended off an approach by NMC Health. Al...
  • 15/10/2015
  • Mediclinic beats rival bidder to secure deal with Al Noor
  • BDLIVE.CO.ZA JSE-listed hospital group Mediclinic International and Al Noor Hospitals Group have agreed to combine in a deal that will see the new entity listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), with a secondary listing in SA. It will also create...
  • 14/10/2015
  • Goedkoper mediese plan kry terugslag
  • BEELD Die plan wat die Raad op Mediese Skemas (RMS) onlangs aangekondig het met goedkoper opsies vir mediese fondse blyk vir eers van die baan te wees.Riglyne vir die voordele wat die sogenaamde laekoste-opsies moet dek, is onlangs bekend...
  • 14/10/2015
  • South Africa's Mediclinic agrees to buy UAE's Al Noor hospitals
  • CNBCAFRICA.COM Mediclinic agreed to buy United Arab Emirates' Al Noor Hospitals Group. Photo: Wikimedia South Africa's Mediclinic Intl on Wednesday agreed to buy United Arab Emirates' Al Noor Hospitals Group, beating out rival NMC Health. The...
  • 14/10/2015
  • South Africa's Mediclinic agrees deal for Al Noor hospitals
  • SHARENET.COM South Africa's Mediclinic Intl agreed to buy United Arab Emirates' Al Noor Hospitals Group, gaining the upper hand on rival NMC Health in a tussle for expansion in the fast growing Gulf region. But NMC Health, already a major player...
  • 14/10/2015
  • Al Noor still pursued by NMC
  • IOL Mediclinic International agreed to combine with health-care provider Al Noor Hospitals Group to create the biggest private health-care provider in the United Arab Emirates, while rival NMC Health said it would continue to pursue Al Noor. Al...
  • 14/10/2015
  • Mediclinic, Al Noor hospitals to combine in reverse takeover
  • FIN24.COM Mediclinic, Doctor, theatre, operation, hospital Mediclinic International agreed to combine with health-care provider Al Noor Hospitals Group to create a hospital company with operations in the Gulf states, South Africa and...
  • 14/10/2015
  • Mediclinic agrees to Al Noor deal
  • IAFRICA.COM South Africa's largest private hospital network, Mediclinic, has agreed to buy United Arab Emirates' Al Noor Hospitals Group on Wednesday. The deal has been structured as a reverse takeover by Al Noor of Mediclinic and will see the...
  • 12/10/2015
  • Lack of funds delaying NHI
  • THE WITNESS A lack of funding-has slowed down the roll-out of the National Health Insurance (NHI), the ANC said yesterday. Presenting a report on basic education, higher education, health and science and technology, Science and Technology...
  • 09/10/2015
  • Leading from the front, ensuring financial success
  • AFRICAN INDEPENDENT It is easy to understand why The Road Accident Fund (RAF) is an action-driven entity that has turned the corner when it comes to making a difference in the lives of those affected by crashes on the country’s roads. Despite...
  • 09/10/2015
  • NHI rollout is stalling
  • NEW AGE Mediclinic workers in South Africa are uncertain about the implementation of National Health Insurance (NIII) into the country`s healthcare system, a survey says. The Point Prevalence Survey (PPS) found that out of 400 medical workers,...
  • 08/10/2015
  • Private hospitals looked at to treat state patients
  • KEMPTON EXPRESS The Gauteng Health Department plans to use private hospitals to treat overflow patients from public hospitals. These plans were welcomed by both the DA and Arwyp Medical Centre, Kempton Park`s only private hospital. "This is a...
  • 08/10/2015
  • Medical aid allowed to cap cancer drug benefit
  • THE TIMES Bonitas Medical Scheme does not have to pay for a year's supply of the breast cancer drug Herceptin for one of its members. The final-appeal committee of the Council for Medical Schemes has ruled in favour of Bonitas, saying the plan...
  • 07/10/2015
  • Predicting your future health - do you want to know?
  • CAPE ARGUS As doctors are increasingly using genetic tests to predict future health, some might not like what they find when gazing into science’s new crystal ball. Genetic testing uncovered the cancer-causing gene mutation, BRCAl, that led...
  • 07/10/2015
  • Apartheid corrupted medical ethics
  • DAILY NEWS Public hospitals now fully integrated, but bleak chapter of medical history Is on record, write Keymanthri Moodley and Sharon Kling. Basson oversaw the manufacture of biological weapons such as lethal bacteria to kill only black...
  • 07/10/2015
  • Healthcare workers a top priority
  • NEW AGE Not so long ago, I was a community activist fighting with communities for access to better healthcare service and advocating for human rights I was fighting to enact policy changes and for the implementation of crucial projects and...
  • 07/10/2015
  • Koert Pretorius: On leading change with e-health
  • ehalthnews.co.za CEO at Mediclinic Southern Africa, Koert Pretorius, talks about the Group’s aim to be a leader in quality and efficiency by harnessing eHealth and what we can learn from international trends in healthcare going forward. Tell us...
  • 07/10/2015
  • Mediclinic noteer dalk in Londen
  • BEELD Suid-Afrika se Mediclinic groep gaan dalk binnekort in Londen noteer as ‘n transaksie voortgaan met ‘n kleiner hospitaalgroep van die Verenigde Arabiese Emirate (VAE) wat daar genoteer is. Die hospitaalgroep AI Noor het die nuus bekend...
  • 07/10/2015
  • Mediclinic eyes UAE group
  • CAPE ARGUS Mediclinic is likely to make a reverse takeover of the London-listed United Arab Emirates hospital group Al Noor if talks that are taking place on a possible merger are successful, it said yesterday. The combined group would have a...
  • 07/10/2015
  • Mediclinic lines up reverse takeover
  • DAILY NEWS International private hospital group Mediclinic is likely to make a reverse takeover of the LSE-listed United Arab Emirates’ hospital group AL Noor if talks that are taking place on a possible merger are successful, it said...
  • 07/10/2015
  • Mediclinic in merger talks with Al Noor
  • NEW AGE Private hospital group Mediclinic International is in talks with Abu Dhabi-based rival AL Noor Hospital Group about a potential merger to create a market leader in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, AL Noor said on Monday. Mediclinic,...
  • 07/10/2015
  • Mediclinic eyeing London
  • THE CITIZEN Mediclinic International, in talks with London-traded health-care provider Al Noor Hospitals Group about a tie-up, says the potential deal would take the form of a reverse takeover of the smaller United Arab Emirates company to gain a...
  • 07/10/2015
  • London listing in sight for Mediclinic
  • BUSINESS DAY Mediclinic International, the acquisitive private hospital group, could bolster its global status markedly with a listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) if it clinches a reverse takeover with United Arab Emirates-based (UAE-based)...
  • 06/10/2015
  • Green light for new private hospitals
  • SOWETAN The Gauteng health department has given the go-ahead for the construction of 13 new private hospitals. This will raise the number of private hospitals in the province to 119.In a written response in the legislature, MEC for health...
  • 06/10/2015
  • Mediclinic turns focus Eastward
  • IOL Al Noor Hospitals Group said it’s in talks with Mediclinic International about a tie-up that would create the biggest supplier of private healthcare in Dubai and Abu Dhabi with further operations in Europe and Southern Africa. The potential...
  • 06/10/2015
  • Possible Middle-East acquisition for Mediclinic
  • IOL Mediclinic shares climbed yesterday on the JSE on speculation that the company could be in talks related to an acquisition in the Middle East. The group, which operates hospitals in South Africa, Namibia, Switzerland and the United Arab...
  • 05/10/2015
  • Mediclinic in talks with Al Noor on UAE hospital tie-up
  • bloomberg.com Mediclinic International Ltd. is in talks with United Arab Emirates health-care provider Al Noor Hospitals Group Plc about a tie-up that would create the biggest supplier of private care in Dubai and Abu Dhabi with further...
  • 03/10/2015
  • More high scheme increases
  • PRETORIA NEWS Four large open medical schemes have announced contribution increases for next year close to or above 10 percent. Bonitas Medical Fund, the second largest open medical scheme in the country, announced an average increase of 10.9...
  • 02/09/2015
  • How your medical aid is spent
  • THE HERALD Hospital bills use the biggest chunk of medical aid premiums, according to the Council for Medical Schemes. The regulator released its annual report yesterday, noting above-inflation increases on health spend - an international...
  • 01/09/2015
  • Anatomy of healthcare. Condition critical
  • NOSE WEEK As concernded citizens, there are when we are faced with issues that are hard to comprehend and we find ourselves asking: Why is this happening? Why is no one doing anything about it? These are questions I’ve been asking myself since...
  • 01/09/2015
  • Mediclinic Morningside up grade: Thinking outside the box
  • RACA Journal Thanks to the country’s first ice storage system in a medical facility, Mediclinic Morningside’s energy consumption has dropped by 95 oookWhr per month! Mediclinic Morningside’s original chilled and hot water generation systems were...
  • 31/08/2015
  • Doctors lack confidence in training
  • THE NEW AGE More than half of South Africa’s doctors do not have confidence in the standards of training in their profession, according to a new survey conducted by PPS among more than 450 local medical professionals. When respondents were asked...
  • 27/08/2015
  • A much smaller NHI
  • BUSINESS DAY SIR — The article, “NHI chugs along, working to cut through the red tape” (August 24) provides a fair account of Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi`s presentation on National Health Insurance (NHI) in Parliament. But the point about...
  • 27/08/2015
  • Mediclinic move 'a tragedy' for CBD
  • GEORGE HERALD The move of Mediclinic George out of the CBD to a new building to be developed over the next three years will be good for the region, but small business owners here could be losing a valuable source of income. Their only hope is that...
  • 24/08/2015
  • No funding model, but NHI on track, says minister
  • THE MERCURY Health Minister Aaron Mot-soaledi believes the department is on track to implement the National Health Insurance in the stipulated 14-year period, despite not yet having completed the financing model. Motsoaledi’s progress report on...
  • 24/08/2015
  • NHI chugs along, working to cut through the red tape
  • BUSINESS DAY The government is poised to take the next step in implementing its ambitious National Health Insurance (NHI) plans, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi promised MPs on Friday, reiterating the refrain by officials and ministers for the...
  • 20/08/2015
  • Dr Robot, die flink chirurg
  • HUISGENOOT Robot, docking, ports,probes Was dit nie vir die eentonige gebiep van die lewensmonitor en die gesuis van die asemhalingstoestel nie, sou n mens kon sweer jy is op n Star Trek-stel pleks van in ‘n operasieteater in die Mediclinic...
  • 20/08/2015
  • The robot at the cutting edge
  • YOU Less pain, less blood, great results - robotic methods are now being used during medical operations in SA Here`s how it works. The patient lies on the operating table under a blue surgical sheet with only his abdomen exposed.The metallic...
  • 20/08/2015
  • The rising costs of medical aid
  • DRUM Changes to the Medical Schemes Act could mean medical aid giants benefit, leaving you with less cash in your pocket. All know that the costs of healthcare are high. When it comes to medical aids, who pays for what has long been a subject of...
  • 20/08/2015
  • New R500 million Mediclinic George
  • GEORGE HERALD The development of a new, state of the art hospital for Mediclinic George near the old sawmill at Kraaibosch to the northeast of the Garden Route Mall, was announced last night. This project is still subject to the necessary...
  • 19/08/2015
  • Mediclinic brings advanced health care to the city
  • PRETORIA NEWS Hospital puts technology at the centre of all operations Technology is at theheart of operations at Mediclinic hospital group` newest facility in Midstream. The facility was recently opened in Centurion at a cost of R570 million...
  • 12/08/2015
  • Experts sound alert on fictitious drugs
  • PRETORIA NEWS Experts are warning people against the use of products such as these advertised on stickers on a city street lamp post. The well-being of the South African public is under threat from the heavy influx and easy availability of...
  • 11/08/2015
  • Watch the market inject new spurt in health cover for the poor
  • BUSINESS DAY Growth in demand for all sorts of household and even luxury goods and services testifies to the rise of SA`s black middle class. To take just one example, the black (African, Indian/Asian and Coloured) component of people in the top...
  • 08/08/2015
  • Let doctors delegate some tasks
  • WEEKEND ARGUS, SATURDAY EDITION We are grateful that you have drawn attention to our research highlighting some of the training challenges faced by South African intern doctors “Rookie doctors surgery scandal” (Weekend Argus, Saturday August...
  • 08/08/2015
  • Medical council says internship study findings are invalid
  • WEEKEND ARGUS, SATURDAY EDITION The Health Professions Council of South Africa has disputed the results of a medical study that found that interns at South African hospitals were unsupervised, saying its sample size was too small to be...
  • 08/08/2015
  • Private health-care system needs complete overhaul
  • WEEKEND ARGUS, SATURDAY BUSINESS EDITION The Furore this past week, subsequent to the minister of health giving notice of his intention to change Regulation 8 of the Medical Schemes Act, misses the point entirely about what factors are responsible...
  • 25/07/2015
  • Doctors and Genesis scheme in benefits row
  • BUSINESS DAY The South African Private Practitioners Forum, which represents doctors in private practice, has taken aim at Genesis Medical Scheme and questioned its motives for challenging the laws governing how schemes reimburse members’ claims...
  • 22/07/2015
  • Mediclinic shares fall on news of share issue
  • CAPE TIMES Mediclinic’s share price fell yesterday as the market reacted to the news that the company would issue shares at a substantial discount to raise RIO billion for the acquisition of a stake in UK firm Spire Healthcare. Mediclinic share...
  • 21/07/2015
  • ‘Don’t blame the doctors’
  • THE HERALD Do not use doctors as a scapegoat for a dysfunctional health system, the South African Medical Association (Sama) says. The call follows a spate of suspensions of doctors accused of misconduct. The Department of Health recently...
  • 21/07/2015
  • Medical aid changes on chronic diseases applauded
  • PRETORIA NEWS Medical aid schemes have applauded the proposed amendment to the regulations of the Medical Schemes Act, which makes it compulsory for schemes to cover the cost of certain medical conditions - including certain chronic illnesses - in...
  • 21/07/2015
  • Medical schemes’ liability move
  • DIALY DISPATCH Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has moved to end a long-running row over the extent to which medical schemes are liable for their members` bills, fighting a set of proposals that appears to appease funders at the expense of...
  • 21/07/2015
  • Hospitaalpersoneel vier 25 diensjare
  • VOLKSBLAD Nostalgie het Maandagoggend 19 werkers by die Mediclinic Bloemfontein oorval toe hulle by die hospitaal aangemeld het. Maandag was nie net ‘n gewone dag by die werk vir dié werkers nie - dit is presies 25 jaar sedert hülle die eerste...
  • 21/07/2015
  • Stocks down, Mediclinic sheds nearly 2%
  • REUTERS South African stocks ended lower on Tuesday with Mediclinic International leading the decline, while gold stocks recovered from their previous day’s heavy losses as the price of gold steadied. South Africa’s largest private hospital...
  • 20/07/2015
  • Medical scheme changes 'good'
  • THE NEW AGE Proposed amendments to the Medical Schemes Act and specifically to the section about prescribed minimum benefits (PMBs) promise a huge victory for medical aid members. This is the view of Neil Nair, principal officer of Samwumed, who...
  • 20/07/2015
  • Workers’ fund is ignoring the problems, say doctors
  • THE STAR Doctors have lashed back at the Compensation Fund, saying it is in denial and turning a blind eye to its continuous failure. This came after the acting commissioner of the fund, Vuyo Mafata, accused the South African Medical...
  • 20/07/2015
  • Gloves off in fight between doctors, compensation fund
  • PRETORIA NEWS Local doctors have lashed back at the Compensation Fund, saying it is turning a blind eye to the so-called continuous failure of the fund. This comes after the fund`s acting commissioner, Vuyo Mafata, accused the SA Medical...
  • 20/07/2015
  • Medical body defends doctors
  • DAILY NEWS The SA Medical Association has come out in defence of the two doctors suspended after they failed in their duty, it is claimed, to treat a crash victim. The doctors and a nurse from Osindisweni and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial hospitals...
  • 20/07/2015
  • Keeping hospitals healthy as Eskom deteriorates
  • BUSINESS DAY Although state-owned power utility Eskom has promised to keep electricity rationing to a minimum, neither Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi nor SA`s private hospitals are taking any chances. The minister says he has instructed...
  • 18/07/2015
  • Move to end impasse on doctors’ tariffs for PMBs
  • WEEKEND ARGUS, THE INDEPENDENT ON SATURDAY, SATURDAY STAR, PRETORIA NEWS In a step hailed as a victory for medical scheme beneficiaries, the Department of Health this week published a draft amendment proposing that schemes be obliged to pay for...
  • 18/07/2015
  • Kaapstad kry nog 'n dagkliniek
  • DIE BURGER Nog ‘n dagkliniek het vandeesmaand in Kaapstad geopen, hierdie keer een van Intercare. Mediclinic het onlangs sy eerste daghospitaal in die land in Durbanville geopen. Dr. Hendrik Hanekom, uitvoerende hoof en een van die stigters van...
  • 16/07/2015
  • Sama lashed for vilifying fund
  • CAPE ARGUS Doctors have failed to iron out differences, opted instead to take their criticism to the media. The Workmen’s Compensation Fund has criticised the country`s doctors for going public with the so-called “continuous failure” of the...
  • 15/07/2015
  • Medical Aids cannot block inspection, says court
  • BUSINESS DAY Medical schemes cannot appeal against a decision by the regulator to inspect their affairs, according to a judgment handed down in the High Court in Pretoria last week. The ruling provides legal clarity on an aspect of the Medical...
  • 15/07/2015
  • Bonitas appeal delays probe
  • THE CITIZEN A fresh inspection into the affairs of South Africa’s second-largest open medical scheme, Bonitas Medical Fund, has been put on hold after it lodged an appeal against a high court ruling that medical schemes could not appeal decisions...
  • 14/07/2015
  • Hospital first upgrades on course
  • NEW AGE The first phase of upgrades implemented at the Netcare Ferncrest Hospital in Rustenburg has been completed. Once all is completed, the upgrades to the facility will ensure the hospital can continue meeting the needs for highly...
  • 13/07/2015
  • Cuba’s HIV lessons
  • BUSINESS DAY The World Health Organisation has reported that Cuba has become the first country to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child, signifying a major victory in the fight against HIV and sexually transmitted...
  • 11/07/2015
  • Doctor’s billing changes anger medical schemes
  • WEEKEND ARGUS Code and tariff guidelines needed to prevent higher costs for you. Medical schemes and their members cannot continue to pander to “ridiculous, unjustifiable tariffs” that healthcare providers are implementing, and they cannot wait...
  • 10/07/2015
  • Bonitas to face fresh inspection
  • THE CITIZEN RULING: COURT SAYS MEDICAL SCHEMES MUST BE RUN PROPERLY Allegations of irregularities against Bonitas and 17 others to be investigated. South Africa’s second-largest open medical scheme, Bonitas Medical Fund, has lost the latest...
  • 10/07/2015
  • Mediclinic restructures R2.45bn BEE deal
  • IOL Mediclinic is set to buy back 23 million shares from its empowerment partner, Mpilo 1, for R2.45 billion as restructures the financing of the deal. Mpilo will use the proceeds of the buyback to settle existing funding and fund the exit of...
  • 09/07/2015
  • Latest on Mediclinic’s Mpilo1 BEE structure
  • FIN24 Mediclinic shareholders are advised that Mediclinic and Mpilo 1 have agreed to the Mpilo 1 BEE restructure. Mpilo 1 was established as a majority black-owned company to acquire and hold an equity interest in Mediclinic as part of the BEE...
  • 07/07/2015
  • City’s clinics a cut above rivals
  • PRETORIA NEWS Five clinics in Pretoria are the best performing of 11 national model sites of perfection earmarked as the “ideal clinic”. The clinics in Doornpoort, Rosslyn, Karenpark, Hercules and Soshanguve have achieved a score of above 80...
  • 04/07/2015
  • Cuba's health system an inspiration
  • WEEKEND ARGUS The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that Cuba has become the first country to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child, an important step towards an Aids-free generation. Cuba’s success has been...
  • 03/07/2015
  • Antibiotic Epidemic
  • THE TIMES Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has joined six counterparts in promising to reduce the misuse of antibiotics as the world faces a future in which 10 million people could die annually due to infections resistant to available...
  • 01/07/2015
  • Mom-and-pop corner pharmacies fighting
  • THE TIMES Your local mom-and-pop pharmacy, already struggling to compete with the big retail chains, now also has medical aid schemes to contend with. The Independent Community Pharmacy Association of SA has lodged a complaint with the medical...
  • 01/07/2015
  • Medical waste plant breakdown
  • NOSEWEEK Eskom blamed as freezers and incinerators fail and containers of body parts and blood remain stacked and rotting in the open. Solid Waste Technologies SA, the country’s largest medical waste disposal enterprise with dozens of hospital...
  • 01/07/2015
  • Watchdog fails the public
  • BUSINESS DAY The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) registrar, Monwabisi Gantsho, had spent more than a year on suspension by the time his contract expired yesterday. In that time the CMS had spent R7m investigating allegations of corruption against...
  • 01/07/2015
  • Affordable medicines vs growth in pharmaceutical sector
  • FINWEEK Africa bears the greatest burden of diseases in the world, yet its population is dependent on drugs, vaccines and medical devices developed abroad in order to stay healthy and to keep working. Expenditure on medicines accounts for a...
  • 30/06/2015
  • The state of SA health system
  • MONEY MARKETING Last month, Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi delivered his department’s 2015/16 budget speech to Parliament. While the speech contained some interesting details, it didn’t mention what most in the health industry were hoping...
  • 30/06/2015
  • Genesis persists with minimum benefits dispute
  • BUSINESS DAY As a high-profile legal battle gets under way in the High Court in Cape Town over the extent to which medical schemes are liable for their members’ claims, Department of Health officials have been quietly trying to broker a deal with...
  • 30/06/2015
  • Watchdog has little to show for R7m probe
  • BUSINESS DAY The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has spent R7m and more than a year investigating allegations of corruption against its suspended registrar, Monwabisi Gantsho, but so far all it has to show for its efforts is the fact that his...
  • 29/06/2015
  • PhD students battle to get jobs
  • THE STAR A recent study has painted a grim picture on the employment prospects of PhD graduates. The study by Dr Amaleya Goneos-Malka, a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Pretoria, has found that despite universities producing 14...
  • 28/06/2015
  • Inflation speeds up but deficit narrow
  • SUNDAY TIMES - BUSINESS TIMES South Africa’s current account deficit narrowed to 4.8% of GDP in the first quarter from a shortfall of 5.1% in the last three months of 2014, the Reserve Bank said in its June quarterly bulletin. Economists had...
  • 26/06/2015
  • MEDICLINIC UNVEILS R207 MILLION UPGRADE TO HOSPITAL
  • THE WITNESS In a grand rooftop party, Msunduzi mayor Chris Ndlela and Mediclinic CEO of Southern Africa Koert Pretorius officially opened the new and renovated Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday. The R207 million total upgrade project was...
  • 24/06/2015
  • LOCAL COMPANIES STILL INVESTING – NOT ONLY HERE
  • BUSINESS DAY Not long ago, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies penned an article in City Press urging the doomsayers who claimed that SA`s bad economic policies were driving foreign investors away to brush up on their data. Foreign direct...
  • 24/06/2015
  • DAGHOSPITALE GAAN PRYSE VERLAAG, SE MEDICLINIC
  • DIE BURGER Die verblyf per dag in Mediclinic se eerste daghospitaal, wat pas in Durbanville sy deure geopen het, gaan tussen 15% en 20% goedkoper wees as ’n normale Mediclinic-hospitaal. Pieter Lotz, bedryfsbestuurder van Mediclinic...
  • 24/06/2015
  • SAME-DAY SURGERY AT MEDICLINIC
  • TYGERBURGER Mediclinic Southern Africa’s (MCSA) first day clinic in the country focusing exclusively on same day surgery, the Mediclinic Durbanville Day Clinic, opened its doors for business on 15 June last week. The 26-bed day clinic, located...
  • 23/06/2015
  • MEDICLINIC ACQUIRES STAKE IN UK PRIVATE HOSPITAL GROUP
  • CAPE TIMES - BUSINESS REPORT The firm has acquired a stake in Britain’s Spire Healthcare Group for £431.7 million the JSE-listed private hospital company, has bought a stake in Britain’s largest private hospital provider, Spire Healthcare Group,...
  • 23/06/2015
  • MEDICLINIC KOOP GROOT BELANG IN GROOT HOSPITAALGROEP
  • VOLKSBLAD Mediclinic gaan danksy sy grootste aandeelhouer, Remgro, 'n belang van 29,9% meen van die grootste private hospitaal groepe in Brittanje bekom. In 'n Sens-verklaring sé die twee maatskappye Remgro gaan byna 120 miiljoen aandele van Spire...
  • 23/06/2015
  • MEDICLINIC EYES UK GAP
  • THE CITIZEN Danie Meintjes, CEO of Mediclinic International, believes the private healthcare group is well-positioned to take advantage of the growing healthcare supply gap in the UK, having acquired a minority stake in one of the region’s largest...
  • 23/06/2015
  • MEDICLINIC BUYS INTO UK’S SPIRE
  • THE WITNESS South African hospital group Mediclinic International is buying almost a third of Britain’s Spire Healthcare, entering a market it said was ripe for growth as private players account for a small fraction of the healthcare sector. The...
  • 23/06/2015
  • SA groups keep balance sheets fit with foreign diet
  • SUNDAY TIMES - BUSINESS TIMES Mediclinic is latest health provider to invest in UK. South African companies are muscling their way into the UK private hospital market, underscored by Mediclinic’s R8.6-billion purchase of 29% of Britain`s...
  • 21/06/2015
  • FINDING VALUE IN A PRICEY MARKET
  • SUNDAY TIMES Many people who have witnessed the almost inexplicable share price trajectory of some companies on the JSE are wondering whether value investing is dead. I firmly believe it`s alive and well and will continue to lead to good...
  • 20/06/2015
  • COURT CASE MAY HALT REVISION OF MEDICAL BENEFITS
  • THE WEEKEND ARGUS A court challenge to the validity of the regulation that requires medical schemes to pay the costs of prescribed minimum benefits in full may quarantine an amendment to the regulation. An amendment to a regulation that could offer...
  • 19/06/2015
  • New medical aid regulations on the way
  • THE TIMES The Department of Health is intending to change the regulations that ensure that certain diseases are paid for no matter the cost to medical aids. Currently the Medical Schemes Act ensures that prescribed minimum benefits cover 26 chronic...
  • 18/06/2015
  • The healthier hospital group
  • FINWEEK The Health & Services Index is my least favourite sector this year – If anything, I would recommend a shift from overweight to neutral simply because it’s overextended. However, with the pattern Mediclinic International is forming, it...
  • 14/06/2015
  • Discovery in rude health
  • SUNDAY TIMES - BUSINESS TIMES Few would disagree that Discovery Holdings founder Adrian Gore is among South Africa’s great entrepreneurs, having built an R80-billion company from scratch in 23 years that has breathed new life into the archaic...
  • 12/06/2015
  • Private sector has medicines but not for TB
  • CAPE TIMES The South African government would be sourcing drugs in short supply outside the country because of problems with sourcing medicine locally the health department said yesterday. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi met with executives from...
  • 12/06/2015
  • Drug shortages 'Imperil NHI plan'
  • MAIL & GUARDIAN A quarter of public clinics ran out of HIV and TB medication last year, a survey has found. On April 4, Pamela Mantyi left her house in Naledi in Soweto at 3.45am to go to the Chiawelo clinic to fetch her monthly stock of insulin...
  • 12/06/2015
  • Dispair over meds
  • THE WITNESS With the national shortage of medication in state hospitals and clinics, some Pietermaritzburg residents are suffering the consequences of stock outs. The Witness has revealed in earlier reports that medication ranging from ARVs and...
  • 11/06/2015
  • A consistent earner with defensive qualities
  • FINWEEK The JSE has been trading at stubbornly high levels since the start of the year, even amid uncertain economic conditions. This has prompted us to limit our exposure to equities, favouring those shares that predominantly generate their...
  • 11/06/2015
  • Medical costs kept high
  • FINANCIAL MAIL In 2014 Lowveld Hospital, an independent, privately owned hospital, entered into negotiations with Life Healthcare for a proposed merger, pending permission from the competition commission. In March 2015, the commission prohibited...
  • 11/06/2015
  • Hospital affected by flooding gets R370 milllion upgrade
  • CAPE ARGUS A Somerset West hospital forced to evacuate hundreds of patients after destructive floods two years ago is undergoing a multimillion-rand revamp that will see the building turned into a multistorey building. The R370 million upgrade and...
  • 10/06/2015
  • Medical schemes 'misleading'
  • NEW AGE - NORTH WEST - BUSINESS Consultant warns medical aid scheme members can be left out of pocket by ‘100% cover’ packages on offer. Medical aid members are misled when it comes to their benefits and have no idea that “100% cover” is usually...
  • 09/06/2015
  • Sourcing Drugs Outside SA
  • CAPE TIMES - BUSINESS REPORT The South African government would be sourcing drugs in short supply outside the country because of problems with sourcing medicine locally the health department said yesterday. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi met...
  • 09/06/2015
  • Nehawu wants department to probe doctor's certificates
  • DIAMOND FIELD ADVERTISER Education and Health Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) has called for a background check to be conducted into the affairs of a doctor employed as a chief director at corporate services in the provincial Department of Health....
  • 09/06/2015
  • NEF back private hospital group
  • NEW AGE Busamed launches first black-owned cardiology centre in Western Cape and three others are being developed in other parts of the country, a surfacing private hospital group owned by a company of black doctors, could develop to challenge...
  • 08/06/2015
  • Healthcare opportunities abound
  • THE NEW AGE Staying healthy in sub-Saharan Africa is a huge challenge with new perspectives needed to make a difference. Change is the only constant in many industries today not least so than in the healthcare sector. This is seen by many as...
  • 07/06/2015
  • Watchdog targets medical aid trustee fraud
  • SUNDAY TIMES - BUSINESS TIMES Years of voting fraud at medical aid AGMs have led the regulator, the Council for Medical Schemes, to propose a new law to ban businesses from manipulating the election of trustees. A medical scheme is a...
  • 07/06/2015
  • Mediclinic keeps its eye on Abu Dhabi
  • THE NATIONAL Mediclinic Middle East, part of the Johannesburg-listed health care group, wants to acquire hospitals and clinics in Abu Dhabi as it looks to duplicate its Dubai business in the UAE capital. The company has two general hospitals and...
  • 04/06/2015
  • Cashing in on the Netcare way
  • FINWEEK Something has to be said about Netcare CEO Richard Friedland’s navigation skills. At the helm of the private hospital group since 2005, when he succeeded group’s co-founder Jackie Shevel, Friedland remains a medical doctor at heart. Still,...
  • 04/06/2015
  • Netcare to rejig bEE transaction
  • BUSINESS REPORT Netcare was to restructure its 10-year-old black economic empowerment (BEE) deal so that it was debt-free, the group said yesterday. The group will repurchase shares held by the two BEE funding vehicles, which will use the funds to...
  • 03/06/2015
  • Hospitals nervous ahead of probe
  • THE CITIZEN, MONEYWEB Distribution of private institutions in South Africa may prevent forced sales, as happened in the UK, says portfolio manager Netcare, Life Healthcare (LHC) and Mediclinic are expected to take some heat when the delayed...
  • 03/06/2015
  • Dull results and more tests
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Investors seem to have expected more than they got from local hospital groups. The share price of Mediclinic International, Netcare and Life Healthcare have fallen since they posted their results. Analysts say this is largely due to...
  • 02/06/2015
  • 'Train more doctors to curb shortage'
  • PRETORIA NEWS, THE STAR South Africa should not depend on the rest of Africa to recruit medical doctors, but look into training more local doctors to curb the critical shortage in the country. This is according to the chairman of the SA Medical...
  • 01/06/2015
  • Groep kry dagklinieke en kyk na geestesgesondheid
  • SAKE24 Mediclinic sien in Suid-Afrika geleenthede om uit te brei in dagklinieke en geestesgesondheid. Nellie Brand-Jonker het met Koert Pretorius, uitvoerende hoof van Mediclinic Suider-Afrika, gesels na die maatskappy sy jaarresultate bekendgemaak...
  • 31/05/2015
  • Invest in health, but don't overpay
  • SUNDAY TIMES - BUSINESS TIMES Share prices of listed hospital stocks have dropped about 10% on average this month, begging the question whether now is the time to invest in a sector where the big three companies have at least doubled their market...
  • 29/05/2015
  • Health-care stocks lead gainers as JSE dips
  • BUSINESS REPORT Stocks edged lower yesterday, with retailer Foschini taking a knock from lower-than-expected full-year headline earnings, marking its biggest daily percentage drop in nearly 14 years. Despite increasing headline earnings a share by...
  • 28/05/2015
  • Netcare: Wait for a recovery before selling
  • FINWEEK With a rising middle class and an increase in chronic diseases, South Africa has seen a growing demand for healthcare services. Netcare, the country’s second-largest private hospital group based on market capitalisation with operations in...
  • 28/05/2015
  • Major changes needed to boost health care
  • PRETORIA NEWS Drastic changes need to be implemented by various stakeholders to heal the ailing health care sector. Co-ordinated efforts and team work are necessary if changes were to be seen, according to health sector heavyweights who discussed...
  • 28/05/2015
  • Discovery wants to know which hospitals are best
  • MONEYWEB You may soon know which private hospitals have the kindest nurses and provide the best care. Discovery Health says it hopes to publish patient perceptions and outcomes data for major hospitals in South Africa later this year. With more...
  • 28/05/2015
  • Discovery in hospital data bid
  • BUSINESS DAY Discovery Health is again seeking to give consumers data about the best- and worst- performing private hospitals. Discovery was forced to withdraw its hospital ranking index 10 years ago after it ran into resistance from private...
  • 25/05/2015
  • 'Private healthcare restricts competition'
  • DAILY DISPATCH The Competition Commission is looking into the private healthcare sector, but the voices of the sector's most important stakeholders, the public, are not being heard. This emerged at a workshop for the media and civil society about...
  • 25/05/2015
  • Health enquiry 'ignores public'
  • BUSINESS DAY The Competition Commission is looking into the private sector but the voice of the sector’s most important stakeholders – the public – is not being heard. A researcher at Section27, Tim Fish Hodgson, said in Braamfontein, Johannesburg,...
  • 24/05/2015