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  • 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....
  • 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
  • Discovery the fittest of the ailing healthcare stocks
  • SUNDAY TIMES - BUSINESS TIMES South African stocks were flat on Friday despite gains by medical fund and financial services group Discovery and private bank Investec as private healthcare stocks fell further. The country’s largest private hospital...
  • 24/05/2015
  • Netcare-rampplan vir groot kragkrisis
  • SAKE24 Mediclinic hou brandstof, Life sit panele in Die hospitaalgroep Netcare het 'n nasionale rampbestuursplan opgestel wat in werking sal tree indien die krag landwyd afgaan. Die ander twee genoteerde hospitaalgroepe is ook voorbe• reid op...
  • 22/05/2015
  • Mediclinic shares dive in Swiss unit
  • BUSINESS REPORT But group posts 26% rise in profits Shares at South Africa’s biggest private health company, Mediclinic International, fell yesterday after it reported that tariff changes had hit profits at its Swiss unit. The almost 8 percent...
  • 22/05/2015
  • Healthcare stocks drag bourse down
  • BUSINESS REPORT Stocks fell yesterday, with private healthcare stocks leading the decline as the largest private hospital operator Mediclinic plummeted nearly 8 percent. The Top40 index dipped 0.16 percent to 47 915.05 points and the all share...
  • 22/05/2015
  • Mediclinic slides most in two years
  • THE CITIZEN BUSINESS Mediclinic International shares fell the most in almost two years as a change in Swiss outpatient tariffs and start-up costs in Abu Dhabi cut margins. The margin on earnings before interest, taxes and onetime items in its Swiss...
  • 22/05/2015
  • Mediclinic revenue rises but shares dip
  • BUSINESS DAY Hospital provider Mediclinic International reported a 16% rise in revenue on Thursday to R35bn and a 26% rise in profit to R4.5bn for the year ended March. But investors were expecting even better results, sending its share price down...
  • 22/05/2015
  • Mediclinic handles patient growth
  • THE NEW AGE Healthcare group Mediclinic International says positive currency swings and strong growth in the numbers of patients assisted it in posting 9% growth earnings. The company said yesterday that full-year revenue improved by 16% to R35...
  • 22/05/2015
  • Mediclinic sien geleenthede in daghospitale, geestesgesondheid
  • NETWERK24 Daar is nog baie aantreklike geleenthede vir uitbreiding in Suider-Afrika, het Danie Meintjes, uitvoerende hoof van Mediclinic International, Donderdag met die bekendmaking van die jaarresultate gesê. Hulle sien veral moontlikhede wat...
  • 22/05/2015
  • New data system will cut claims
  • DAILY NEWS The Integrated Health Information System, a national health department initiative to fasttrack service delivery at public healthcare facilities, could reduce the number of medico-legal claims against the KwaZulu-Natal department. The...
  • 21/05/2015
  • Mediclinic's hospital tender expected by 2015 end
  • CONSTRUCTION WEEK ONLINE Mediclinic Middle East is expected to float a tender for the construction of its new general hospital in Dubai by the end of 2015, according to company sources. The new hospital will be similar in size and scope to its...
  • 21/05/2015
  • Mediclinic International FY basic normalised HEPS up 9 pct
  • REUTERS FY normalised revenue increased by 16 pct to R35.238 bln (2014: R30.495 bln) Including one-off items, FY headline earnings increased by 22 pct to R4.081 bln (2014: R3.355 bln) FY basic normalised headline earnings per share increased by 9...
  • 21/05/2015
  • Mediclinic shares slide as Swiss margin shrinks
  • BLOOMBERG, MONEYWEB Mediclinic International shares fell the most in almost two years as South Africa’s largest private-hospital owner said a change in Swiss outpatient tariffs and startup costs in Abu Dhabi cut margins. The margin on earnings...
  • 21/05/2015
  • South Africa's Mediclinic earnings growth slows, shares dip
  • REUTERS South Africa’s biggest private hospital group Mediclinic International reported a sharp slowdown in earnings growth on Thursday as regulations squeezed the profit margin of its Swiss unit. The company reported a 9 percent rise in full-year...
  • 19/05/2015
  • Community healthcare workers to be formalised
  • THE NEW AGE Community healthcare workers are the backbone of National Health Insurance (NHI) but they are yet to receive standardised training and the stamp of approval as a formalised profession by the Health Department. Health spokesperson Joe...
  • 19/05/2015
  • 'Private instansie moet fonds red'
  • DIE BURGER Die DA stel voor die vergoedingsfonds vir beserings aan diens moet geprivatiseer word om dié fonds reg te ruk. Navorsing deur die party toon daar is probleme by die fonds. Volgens Ian Ollis en Michael Bagraim, die DA-LP’s wat in die...
  • 19/05/2015
  • Netcare spends big to cope with outages
  • BUSINESS DAY SA’s second-biggest private hospital group by value, Netcare, plans to spend R150m over the next two years on new generators, diesel stockpiles and a host of other measures to ensure its facilities run smoothly in the face of uncertain...
  • 19/05/2015
  • Rising local demand boosts profit
  • BUSINESS REPORT Netcare’s first-half profit gained 18 percent due to rising demand for private health care in its domestic market, even as UK revenue growth slowed, as well as favourable currency swings, the local owner of hospitals said. Net...
  • 19/05/2015
  • Netcare posts 19.6% half-year profit
  • SOWETAN BUSINESS The second-biggest private hospital operator in South Africa, Netcare, posted a 19.6% rise in half-year profit yesterday, helped by strong demand in its home market and favourable currency swings. Netcare, which also runs Britain’s...
  • 19/05/2015
  • Netcare profits healthy despite economy
  • THE HERALD South Africa’s second biggest private hospital group, Netcare, yesterday reported a 15.5% increase in diluted headline earnings a share for the six months to March 31, driven by a strong performance in its South African business despite...
  • 17/05/2015
  • Mediclinic supports AWSS
  • NETWERK24 Mediclinic recently gave the sizeable donation of R15 000 to the Animal Welfare Society Stellenbosch (AWSS). Lola Cox, fundraiser at AWSS, says the funds will be used for the outreach programmes in impoverished areas in Stellenbosch....
  • 16/05/2015
  • Regulator in bid to stop medical scheme voting shenanigans
  • SATURDAY STAR The Council for Medical Schemes is taking measures to prevent medical scheme service providers from exerting undue influence on the outcomes of trustee elections. The season for these elections is already on us The Council for...
  • 15/05/2015
  • Is SA's healthcare sector a healthy investor choice?
  • FINWEEK With the global population getting older and more people moving into the middle class, increasing the demand for healthcare products and services, investors can’t go wrong investing in the sector – or can they? Healthcare is now the world’s...
  • 15/05/2015
  • Is private healthcare too expensive in SA?
  • FINWEEK We’ve all been there: you pay your medical aid premiums every month, go to the dentist/doctor/specialist, and all of a sudden you face a huge bill the medical aid won`t cover. Who determines doctors` rates and the proportion the medical aid...
  • 14/05/2015
  • Mediclinic sees rise in earnings
  • BUSINESS REPORT Mediclinic International expected an increase in basic earnings per share of between 20 percent and 25 percent for the year to March. The leading international private hospital group said yesterday that it expected basic earnings...
  • 14/05/2015
  • Gesondheid-ondersoek vertraag
  • SAKE24 Openbare sittings vir die markondersoek oor die koste van private gesondheidsorg is vertraag oor die omvang van inligting wat ontvang is en nog verwerk moet word. André Meyer, uitvoerende hoof van Life Healthcare, het gister gesê die...
  • 13/05/2015
  • SA faces huge nursing crisis
  • THE NEW AGE Gauteng is among the provinces with an acute shortage of nursing staff, a new study by the University of North West has revealed. With more shortages of nurses anticipated due to bad working conditions, South Africa may face a nursing...
  • 08/05/2015
  • NHI firmly on track, says the government
  • THE NEW AGE The health budget vote delivered on Tuesday barely mentioned the National Health Insurance (NHI), yet the government is committed to the project as it underpinned the government`s National Development Plan`s (NDP) Vision 2030. Health...
  • 07/05/2015
  • Draft regulations for standards at hospitals 'are unworkable'
  • BUSINESS DAY The Department of Health’s draft regulations for hospital standards fail to take account of the differences between the public and private sector, and are unworkable in their current form, say industry sources. The department published...
  • 06/05/2015
  • Costly chronic medicines depleting medical schemes
  • BUSINESS DAY The high cost of new medicines for chronic diseases is threatening the sustainability of SA’s medical aid providers, delegates attending the Discovery Health Summit on Medicine heard yesterday. Unless something is done, fast rising...
  • 06/05/2015
  • Staying alive will cost you
  • THE TIMES Modern medicines are becoming more expensive, leading to fears that life-saving drugs will remain out of reach of the sick. Discovery Health held a seminar in Johannesburg yesterday to discuss “high-cost medicines” – those that prolong or...
  • 03/05/2015
  • 'Doctors are not God'
  • CITY PRESS Health minister is determined to stop the decriminalisation of assisted suicide Giving doctors the right to end a life is dangerous and could lead to a situation in which unscrupulous families arrange the premature deaths of their...
  • 01/05/2015
  • Problem solved
  • THE CITIZEN A Pretoria-based entrepreneur Simphiwe Segaetsho has released an app named eSicknote.com, which allows medical practitioners to issue sick notes or medical certificate electronically.“The idea behind the eSicknote.com project came about...
  • 30/04/2015
  • Medical aids still fail customers
  • DAILY DISPATCH A recent customer survey for the medical aid industry revealed a gap in the market despite yielding high scores, the South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi) said in a statement. According to SAcsi, a sample of 3 297 medical...
  • 30/04/2015
  • Mediese fondse voldoen nie aan verwagtinge
  • SAKE24 Hoewel verbruikers ietwat meer gelukkig is met hul mediese fondse, voldoen Suid-Afrikaanse mediese fondse nie aan die verwagtinge van gebruikers nie. Bonitas-lede is ook steeds die gelukkigste met hul mediese fonds. Dit is volgens die...
  • 24/04/2015
  • Medical watchdog head may settle
  • BUSINESS DAY More than a year after Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) registrar Monwabisi Gantsho was suspended by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, pending the outcome of a forensic probe into alleged corruption, the issue appears no closer to...
  • 23/04/2015
  • Hearing of schemes council boss imminent
  • BUSINESS DAY The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) will hold its disciplinary inquiry into the alleged misconduct of suspended registrar Monwabisi Gantsho on May 9, chairman Yosuf Veriava has told Parliament. Gantsho was suspended by Health...
  • 23/04/2015
  • Meyer Kahn steps up for Netcare
  • THE NEW AGE The Netcare board announced in a statement yesterday that its non-executive chairperson, Skhulumi Jeremiah Vilakazi, had notified the board he would be retiring as chairperson as of the end of next month. Vilikazi informed them he...
  • 23/04/2015
  • Netcare chairman retires
  • DAILY NEWS The Netcare board announced yesterday, that its non-executive chairman, Skhulumi Jeremiah Vilakazi, would retire as chairman next month. Netcare said that Vilakazi indicated that he wished to dedicate more time to actively pursuing...
  • 23/04/2015
  • Good prognosis for Madiba hospital
  • THE TIMES A shortage of beds in intensive care units in state hospitals delays life-saving operations for infants with heart defects. The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, which opens next year in Parktown, Johannesburg, aims to change that,...
  • 21/04/2015
  • Nurses are under the gun
  • THE TIMES Nurses are scared at work and are even denying patients access to healthcare due to safety concerns, with calls for national government to take over security at public health facilities. This comes as the Mpumalanga department of...
  • 20/04/2015
  • Alarm over medicine stock
  • THE NEW AGE Shortage of much-needed medication poses risk to patients as well as nursing staff Patients as well as nurses are said to be at risk as some health facilities in the province are reportedly running short of medicines. Some nurses had...
  • 17/04/2015
  • Life Healthcare: Sirens and flashing lights
  • FINWEEK The general perception among members of the public is that private hospitals provide better care, based on the comfort provided, cleanliness and the costs associated with the treatment offered. Private hospitals are able to promote this...
  • 16/04/2015
  • Unhealthy restrictions
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Kiaat Private Hospital stands elegantly on the R40 between Nelspruit and White River. Its riveting exterior design makes clear that this is a state of the art facility. Inside, it boasts cutting-edge medical technologies, theatres,...
  • 13/04/2015
  • Motsoaledi aims for health data on tap
  • BUSINESS DAY The Department of Health is getting help from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to launch a health information system for the rollout of national health insurance (NHI), Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi told...
  • 13/04/2015
  • Pact to join forces to heal ailing health system
  • PRETORIA NEWS Doctors, nurses and the Department of Health have agreed to work together to fight ills affecting the country’s health care system. These include medical litigation, unaffordable private health care and the compromised quality of...
  • 11/04/2015
  • SA to stick to NHI plans, says Motsoaledi
  • THE WITNESS As the South African government is pressing ahead with the National Health Insurance (NHI) plans, it has been urged by professors not to follow the American model because it is “not working”. Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi spoke...
  • 08/04/2015
  • SA doktors se vertroue in toekoms neem af
  • NETWERK24 Volgens ’n PPS-opname van meer as 500 mediese dokters in die laaste kwartaal van 2014 het dokters minder vertroue in die toekoms van die gesondheidsorgstelsel en in die toekoms van hul beroep in Suid-Afrika. Die dokters het ’n...
  • 04/04/2015
  • New app to stop employees pulling a sickie
  • WEEKEND ARGUS Telling your boss you weren’t at work because you were bitten by rabid blood-thirsty squirrels with crazy eyes, then bringing a bogus doctor’s note to prove it, will no longer work. A new web application called eDoctorsNote was...
  • 02/04/2015
  • Unhealthy practices
  • DRUM MAGAZINE The sight of some public hospitals is enough to make your blood run cold, but is the private sector any better? DRUM discovers lawsuits, negligence and overworked doctors in both sectors Handsome, smiling doctors clad in pristine...
  • 02/04/2015
  • Concern over health professionals
  • THE NEW AGE Health MEC Dr Magome Masike is concerned at the high number of medical professionals who are leaving the North West in search of greener pastures in other provinces or beyond the South African borders. Masike revealed this during a...
  • 31/03/2015
  • Private healthcare in 2015 and beyond
  • MONEY MARKETING Aon Hewitt shares some thoughts on the key issues facing medical aid members Cost to company A key trend that is set to continue in 2015 is that of a ‘cost to company’ (CTC) approach to employee remuneration and benefits, and in...
  • 31/03/2015
  • Extra doctors for NHI pilot hospitals
  • DAILY DISPATCH The Eastern Cape department of health has increased the workforce of two hospitals in its efforts to boost service delivery in the National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot site of OR Tambo. Dr Malizo Mpehle Hospital in Tsolo and Canzibe...
  • 31/03/2015
  • Healthy but needing to grow
  • BUSINESS REPORT The South African medical schemes environment remains stable, but the growth of the industry is worrying, with a year-on-year increase of only 1.1 percent in the total number of medical scheme beneficiaries between 2012 and 2013. In...
  • 31/03/2015
  • Alignment needed to reduce healthcare costs
  • BUSINESS REPORT One of the major drivers of costs in the healthcare industry is the misalignment of the various players, according to Dr Bobby Ramasia, principal executive officer of Bonitas Medical Fund, the second largest open medical scheme in...
  • 27/03/2015
  • Lack of private GP buy-in is the achilles heel of NHI
  • BUSINESS DAY After three years of laying the groundwork for the introduction of National Health Insurance (NHI), Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has run into a major stumbling block: the private-sector general practitioners (GPs), whose services...
  • 27/03/2015
  • Ailing system dooms NHI
  • BUSINESS DAY When Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi revealed a broad timeline for the roll-out of National Health Insurance (NHI) in 2011, he was adamant that the first step — before drawing in the private sector — would have to be to ensure state...
  • 27/03/2015
  • All eyes on private healthcare pricing inquiry
  • FINWEEK With a market inquiry into private healthcare costs underway, and a final report expected next year, should investors be concerned about the outlook for the sector? The aim of the inquiry is to diagnose market failures and recommend a cure....
  • 27/03/2015
  • Presies hoe gesond is ons gesondheidsorgsektor?
  • FINWEEK Met ʼn markondersoek na die koste van private gesond-heidsorg aan die gang en ʼn finale verslag wat volgende jaar verwag word, moet beleggers oor die sektor se vooruitsigte besorg wees? Die doel met die ondersoek is om markmislukkings te...
  • 26/03/2015
  • Health stocks | Chasing opportunity
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Offshore expansion has become a key feature for SA’s major health groups as they look for growth opportunities. The main driver for hospital providers has been the maturing of the local market and the threat of tougher regulations,...
  • 23/03/2015
  • 'Anti-generics bias' pushing up medical costs
  • THE CITIZEN Matter of trust: Doctors prefer (expensive) branded drugs Despite their wide availability, South Africa’s medical professionals still resist diving into the cost savings that generic drugs offer consumers. The medical scheme...
  • 20/03/2015
  • Threat to medical aid basics
  • THE TIMES The Health Department is considering changing legislation that requires medical aid societies to pay for the treatment of certain medical conditions in full – irrespective of how much the service provider charges. A leading health...
  • 20/03/2015
  • Health minister must get tough
  • MAIL & GUARDIAN The Constitution doesn't allow Motsoaledi to give health MECs direct instructions, but his "political influence" would help a great deal. Doctors, health activists and policymakers are starting to lose faith in health minister...
  • 19/03/2015
  • SA losing out on generic cost savings
  • MONEYWEB Some medical schemes want the cheapest generics used, but doctors and pharmacists resist them. The medical scheme industry can save in excess of R1.5 billion per year in medicine expenditure if the lowest priced generics in the market...
  • 19/03/2015
  • MEC in talks to clear surgery backlogs
  • BUSINESS DAY Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu is in talks with private healthcare providers to help clear orthopaedic surgery backlogs amid complaints that patients have been waiting up to seven years. There is hope that this could help deepen...
  • 17/03/2015
  • Could PMBs be on the way out?
  • HEALTH24 Prescribed Minimum Benefits, according to the Council for Medical Schemes, is a set of defined benefits to ensure that all medical scheme members have access to certain minimum health services, regardless of the option they have...
  • 16/03/2015
  • Specialists 'behind rising health costs'
  • THE CITIZEN Medical specialists seem to be the cowboys of medical expenses industry – charging high fees and making expensive referrals – making them of particular interest to health minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi. “Profit-maximising specialists and...
  • 16/03/2015
  • Concern over NHI's failure to woo doctors
  • BUSINESS DAY Four years into implementing National Health Insurance (NHI), the Department of Health has failed to persuade significant numbers of private sector general practitioners (GPs) to work in its facilities, raising doubts about its...
  • 16/03/2015
  • Motsoaledi's ill-conceived call
  • CAPE TIMES Patients can’t be denied legal remedies The Black Lawyers Association (BLA) finds a call by Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi outrageous and repulsive. Motsoaledi seeks to deny members of the public the right to be represented by...
  • 16/03/2015
  • Medical specialists: Cost cowboys or just given a bad rap
  • MONEYWEB Specialists say pricing guidelines aren’t cost-based, DoH wants a closer look. Medical specialists seem to be the cowboys on the cattle field, charging high fees and guiding patients into the wide open gates of expensive private...
  • 14/03/2015
  • Low-cost medical scheme option up for discussion
  • SATURDAY STAR The regulator of medical schemes is considering allowing schemes to develop low-cost options that offer only primary healthcare benefits. They will be exempt from providing the prescribed minimum benefits (PMBs), admitting anyone as a...
  • 13/03/2015
  • Vangnet wyd vir fondslede
  • SAKE24 Goedkoper mediese fondse is guide geleentheid om te vergroot Die getal mense wat lid van mediese fondse is, kan verdubbel as ʼn voorstel wat tans op die tafel is om goedkoper opsies te verskaf, werklikheid word.Die Raad op Mediese Skemas...
  • 12/03/2015
  • Lawyers slam health minister
  • THE NEW AGE - BUSINESS The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) yesterday “voiced serious concern” at what it called “the recent sweeping statements” by health minster Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and other organisations in the health care sector regarding...
  • 12/03/2015
  • Health under DA scrutiny
  • THE NEW AGE The DA said it will soon be submitting a litany of complaints to the newly established panel of experts tasked with probing the “maladministration” of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).This week Health Minister...
  • 12/03/2015
  • DA welcomes inquiry into health authority
  • THE STAR The DA has lauded the probe into the affairs of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) by Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi. Yesterday, the party gave a list of issues it would like to see investigated. The DA’s health...
  • 12/03/2015
  • Probe into HPCSA welcomed
  • PRETORIA NEWS The DA has welcomed the probe into the affairs of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) by Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi. Yesterday, the party gave a list of issues they would like to see investigated. DA health...
  • 12/03/2015
  • DA welcomes probe of health professions body
  • The DA has welcomed the probe into the affairs of the Health Professions Council of South Africa by Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi. Yesterday the party gave a list of issues it would like to see investigated. The party’s spokesman on health, Dr...
  • 12/03/2015
  • Don't blame lawyers for 'abysmal' health service
  • MERCURY Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi should get his house in order before he attacks the legal profession for all the ills in his portfolio. So says Andre Calitz, chief operating officer for the largest medical malpractice law firm in South...
  • 12/03/2015
  • Minister hits back at LSSA criticism
  • THE NEW AGE Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has hit back at the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) for suggesting that he was trying to remove the right to “fair and legitimate compensations” for victims of medical malpractice. The minister...
  • 12/03/2015
  • Breakthrough procedure brings hope for emphysema sufferers
  • HEALTH24 / NEWS24 Doctors at Mediclinic Panorama Heart and Lung Unit recently performed the first Lung Volume Reduction Coil procedure in Africa, unleashing a fresh breath of air on the treatment of emphysema patients. Imagine not being able to...
  • 12/03/2015
  • Hope for emphysema sufferers
  • TYGERBURGER A non-invasive procedure to ease lung overexpansion of emphysema sufferers, is now being done at Mediclinic Panorama in Plattekloof. Dr. Johan Theron, a specialist in respiratory care and Prof. Coenie Koegelenberg, an associate...
  • 11/03/2015
  • Fix health system to avoid lawsuits
  • BUSINESS DAY The liability insurance problems faced by medical specialists in SA and enunciated by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Monday are real enough, as are the potential consequences if a solution is not found. However, his explanation of...
  • 11/03/2015
  • Committee formed to investigate HPCSA
  • THE NEW AGE Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi yesterday announced an independent committee to investigate the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). The announcement came at the close of a two-day medico-legal summit on litigation...
  • 11/03/2015
  • Health professionals council probed
  • BUSINESS DAY Panel of experts will look at claims of mismanagement Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has launched an independent investigation of allegations against the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA), including maladministration and...
  • 11/03/2015
  • An unhealthy vicious circle
  • DIAMOND FIELD ADVERTISER Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has come out guns blazing aiming at those who abuse the health system, calling them “pocket-liners”. Health – private or government’s – remains one of South Africa’s Achilles heels. And...
  • 11/03/2015
  • Experts investigate health council
  • THE CITIZEN A team of medical, law, information technology and administration experts are investigating several allegations against the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA), Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said yesterday. “I have received a...
  • 11/03/2015
  • Panel of experts busy investigating health professions council
  • MERCURY A team of medical, law; information technology and administration experts are investigating several allegations against the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said yesterday he had “received many...
  • 11/03/2015
  • Healthcare issues are multifaceted
  • THE NEW AGE Aaron Motsoaledi is quite rightly livid at the high incidence of medical malpractice suits. It is bad when a doctor, who is after all only human, makes a mistake that results in harm to a patient. It’s also very bad when the conditions...
  • 11/03/2015
  • Allegations against HPCSA to be probed
  • CAPE ARGUS A team of medical, law, information technology and administration experts are investigating several allegations against the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA), Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said yesterday. “I have received a lot...
  • 11/03/2015
  • Lawsuits a threat to medical specialists
  • CAPE ARGUS Doctors have joined Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s outcry about the escalating cases of doctors being sued, with some specialists suggesting this could worsen the critical shortage of skills. Yesterday the SA Medical Association...
  • 11/03/2015
  • Vrese vir nalatigheidseise laat die dokters vlug; tekort styg
  • BEELD Suid-Afrika kan binnekort heelwat mediese spesialiste in noodsaaklike velde verloor weens die groot risiko van nalatigheids¬eise en omdat die koste van vrywaringsversekering die hoogte ingeskiet het. Dr. Mzukisi Grootboom, voorsitter van die...
  • 11/03/2015
  • Waghond oor artse ondersoek
  • BEELD Die liggaam wat klagtes oor mediese praktisyns hanteer, gaan nou self ondersoek word. Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, minister van gesondheid, het gesê hy het baie klagtes ontvang oor die bestuur, doeltreffendheid en selfs die bevoegdheid van die Raad...
  • 11/03/2015
  • Procedure lets emphysema patients breathe
  • CAPE ARGUS An innovative medical procedure should be a breath of fresh air for emphysema patients who battle to breathe. The procedure returns the lungs’ elasticity without the need for major surgery. The lung volume reduction coil, which increases...
  • 11/03/2015
  • Weer asem na 7 j. van emfiseem
  • BEELD Sy tasse was reeds gepak om Duitsland toe te vlieg vir ʼn unieke mediese prosedure wat sy emfiseem sou verlig toe hy toevallig hoor van twee dokters in die Kaap wat dieselfde pionierswerk in Afrika wil aanpak. En net meer as ʼn maand nadat hy...
  • 11/03/2015
  • Pioniers verlig so lyers se emfiseem
  • DIE BURGER Sy tasse was reeds gepak om Duitsland toe te vlieg vir ʼn unieke mediese prosedure wat sy emfiseem sou verlig toe hy toevallig hoor van twee dokters in die Kaap wat dieselfde pionierswerk in Afrika wil aanpak. En net meer as ʼn maand...
  • 11/03/2015
  • Non-invasive emphysema surgery
  • THE HERALD A ground-breaking new procedure to treat emphysema has been carried out in South Africa. Known as the lung volume reduction coil, the procedure was performed for the first time in Africa recently. “It is a non-invasive procedure which...
  • 11/03/2015
  • Breathe of life for sick lungs
  • TIMES LIVE Now sufferers can undergo a groundbreaking non-invasive procedure, known as Lung Volume Reduction Coil. This procedure was recently performed for the first time in Africa. Dr Johan Theron, a pulmonologist at Mediclinic Panorama in Cape...
  • 10/03/2015
  • Motsoaledi flays 'pocket liners'
  • MERCURY Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi hit out at practitioners in the legal and health fraternities yesterday for being “pocket-liners” and for exacerbating the recent sharp increase in medico-legal claims against the country’s health system....
  • 10/03/2015
  • Lawyers target doctors
  • DAILY SUN CAPE Huge legal claims eat away at medical budgets South Africa’s health system is facing a “make or break” year. One of the factors that is hurting the system is the huge payments made to patients who sue the health department for...
  • 10/03/2015
  • 'Pocket-liners crippling healthcare'
  • THE STAR Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi yesterday hit out at practitioners in the legal and health fraternities for being “pocket-liners” and exacerbating the recent sharp increase in medico-legal claims against the country’s health system. He...
  • 05/03/2015
  • 'Build nurses colleges'
  • NEW AGE Denosa lauds health facility upgrades but also asks for colleges and residences for nurses The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) in Eastern Cape has appealed to the provincial government to build nurses’ colleges...
  • 05/03/2015
  • Healing taken to a new leave
  • THE TIMES If you are the interior architect who designed Mediclinic’s Midstream Hospital, in Centurion, near Pretoria, you take a ride in one to make sure. Midstream Hospital was opened yesterday. Its doctors will be able to check on medical...
  • 03/03/2015
  • 'Medical aids bleed from state health'
  • THE TIMES The Gauteng health department is drowning in debt owed largely by medical aid schemes, self-paying patients and other provinces. Several government entities including the national departments of correctional services, defence and...
  • 28/02/2015
  • Preventable diseases' USD 21.3 trillion price tag
  • MONEY MARKETING Prudent management and preventative solutions desperately needed to stem tide of chronic diseases A recent global study by a New York-based think tank found that rising rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other...
  • 28/02/2015
  • Medical tax credits rise by 5%
  • INDEPENDENT ONLINE - PERSONAL FINANCE The medical tax credits you enjoy if you are a member of a medical scheme will increase from R257 a month to R270 a month for the main member and the first dependant, a 5.05-percent increase, according to the...
  • 27/02/2015
  • Discovery to grow Vitality in the US with new partner
  • BUSINESS DAY Discovery has partnered with a major US life insurer to launch products developed on the Vitality model in April. The US insurer, which Discovery has not yet named, will launch a suite of products similar to those of Discovery Life in...
  • 27/02/2015
  • Modern technology revolutionises healthcare
  • MAIL & GUARDIAN WEEKLY SUPPLEMENT One particular area of concern covered by Gauteng Premier David Makhura is in essential healthcare. As a result of problems in financial management and administration, in the previous term of office the Health...
  • 26/02/2015
  • Education and health remain core spending areas
  • BUSINESS DAY - SUPPLEMENT The wellbeing of a society is best expressed in its citizens’ ability to access quality services, particularly education and healthcare. While significant progress has been made in these areas over the past two decades,...
  • 26/02/2015
  • Budget, fine balancing act in a climate
  • BUSINESS REPORT Health and social protection Health spending will reach R178bn in 2017/ 18. Our antiretroviral treatment programme now reaches 3 million patients. The mother-to-child transmission of HIV has decreased from 20 percent a decade ago...
  • 26/02/2015
  • Health to receive R157.3bn in funding
  • BUSINESS REPORT The Health Department’s budget allocation for 2015/16 is R157.3 billion, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said yesterday. Tabling his first main Budget in the National Assembly, he said there had been a marked reduction in child...
  • 26/02/2015
  • Minister hails R178bn for health services
  • THE HERALD An energised Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi saw two “structural defects” in health money distribution corrected in yesterday’s budget speech. And the health minister was pleased with the R178-billion earmarked for his department. In...
  • 26/02/2015
  • State to spend billions on health services
  • DAILY DISPATCH Government will spend R178-billion of taxpayers’ money on health services this year. The envisaged national health insurance (NHI) has not yet been factored into the health budgets. The white paper on the NHI will shortly be tabled...
  • 26/02/2015
  • New funding model to benefit laboratories
  • BUSINESS DAY - SUPPLEMENT The Treasury has moved to address the debt crisis facing the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS), and has changed its funding model to reduce its dependence on provinces that do not pay their bills on time. The NHLS...
  • 26/02/2015
  • Doctors tiresome
  • CAPE TIMES Too often, doctors don’t understand chronic fatigue syndrome. They don’t know how to diagnose it, and frequently believe patients with the disease are just whining or suffering from psychological problems. This needs to change. That was...
  • 26/02/2015
  • Draft regulation: Health facility norms and standards
  • HEALTH-E NEWS Released for public comment on 16 February 2015, these proposed norms and standards apply to a range of public and private health facilities. The 51-page draft document outlines health facilities’ responsibilities in a variety of...
  • 26/02/2015
  • Rescue for laboratory
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Finance minister Nhlanhla Nene has given the National Institute for Communicable Diseases a cash injection of R1,5bn to help bail out the financially crippled National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS). The NHLS, which is responsible...
  • 26/02/2015
  • Time for real action on NHI
  • FINANCIAL MAIL It has been more than three years since government published its Green Paper on National Health Insurance (NHI) — a system designed to give all South Africans equitable access to affordable, quality health care. However, this bold...
  • 26/02/2015
  • NGV nog nie uit
  • DIE BURGER - BYLAE Geen aankondiging is oor die finansiering van die Nasionale Gesondheidsverskering (NGV) gedoen nie. Nhlanhla Nene, minister van finansies, sê die witskrif oor die NGV is afgehandel en gaan binnekort na doe kabinet. Dit sal saam...
  • 25/02/2015
  • Discovery plans rights issue to raise
  • BUSINESS REPORT Discovery, the country’s biggest health insurer, yesterday said that it planned to raise as much as R5 billion to finance expansion as the company pursued new growth opportunities. “The board has resolved to raise capital to pursue...
  • 25/02/2015
  • Public/private schemes are a positive way forward
  • CAPE ARGUS Pretty much underneath the radar last week, the ANC took a significant step when Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced that banks would be used as application and collection points for the new biometric smart card IDs. Hopefully...
  • 21/02/2015
  • Polish expansion for SA hospital group
  • WEEKEND POST Hospital group Life Healthcare has acquired two new facilities in Poland as part of its international expansion plans. The group said this week it had bought Sport Klinika, an orthopaedic and rehabilitation services hospital, and...
  • 20/02/2015
  • Two Polish acquisitions boost Life Healthcare
  • BUSINESS DAY Hospital group Life Healthcare has acquired two new facilities in Poland as part of its international expansion plans. The group said on Thursday it had bought Sport Klinika, an orthopaedic and rehabilitation services hospital, and...
  • 19/02/2015
  • Nurses' pay "drives up health costs"
  • THE CITIZEN Private hospital groups have blamed high nursing salaries for the high fees they charge, blaming the state for a national shortage of nurses. The critical shortage of nurses in South Africa could scupper plans to implement a National...
  • 19/02/2015
  • Mergence eyes black-owned hospital group
  • BUSINESS DAY Financial services company Mergence wants to launch a large black-owned hospital group and is arranging funding to build a 200-400 bed private hospital in the next 18 months. The move forms part of its ambitions to take on established,...
  • 18/02/2015
  • Nurse shortage behind increase in private hospital costs
  • MONEYWEB Could also impact NHI implementation. The critical shortage of nurses in South Africa has serious implications for the implementation of a nurse-dependent National Health Insurance (NHI) system, but it also appears to be a significant...
  • 16/02/2015
  • Orthopods feel the pain
  • THE TIMES It’s tough being an orthopaedic surgeon. In the private sector, the medical aid schemes and hospital managements interfere in their decision-making and require them to obtain an authorisation for most of the procedures their patients...
  • 15/02/2015
  • Gems haal nog nie die paal
  • SAKE24 Gems, die mediese fonds vir staatsamptenare, se solvensieverhouding het in 2014 weer gedaal. Die solvensieverhouding is die reserwes van 'n mediese fonds as persentasie van Iede se bydraes. Kragtens wetgewing moet 'n mediese fonds teen die...
  • 13/02/2015
  • Health inquiry: Symptoms and causes
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Market power, gaps in regulation, lack of transparency and information asymmetry feature in almost every submission by the top stakeholders to the panel inquiring into SA’s private health-care industry. However, it is market power...
  • 12/02/2015
  • Discovery backs government patent plan
  • BUSINESS DAY Medical aid administrator Discovery Health has backed government’s plan to introduce a patent examination system instead of the one in place where companies merely register “new” drugs that they want to introduce in the market. In its...
  • 11/02/2015
  • Medical aids 'dictate treatment' to doctors
  • THE TIMES Medical aid scheme administrators and private hospitals are accused of colluding to restrict the range of medicines that healthcare workers can prescribe to their patients. In submissions to a Competition Commission inquiry into the cost...
  • 11/02/2015
  • Foreign trained medics fail to cut it in SA
  • THE NEW AGE Many foreign-trained doctors are unable to practise in KwaZulu-Natal because they failed the required Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) board examinations. The province’s health department revealed recently that 13...
  • 09/02/2015
  • Medaid members 'are being bled dry'
  • THE TIMES Doctors and hospitals blame government for high health costs Millions of South Africans are paying billions of rands more than they should be to medical aids, doctors and hospitals, thanks to red tape choking the private healthcare...
  • 09/02/2015
  • NHI set to empower patients
  • BUSINESS DAY The National Health Insurance (NHI) has the potential to shift power away from hospitals towards patients because “money will follow the patient”, said leading Harvard professor and international health insurance expert Bill Hsiao. He...
  • 09/02/2015
  • Patients to call shots in new SA health deal
  • DAILY DISPATCH In the new national health system, power could shift from hospitals and into the hands of patients. This is the view of leading Harvard professor and international health insurance expert Bill Hsiao, who told a seminar in East London...
  • 09/02/2015
  • Foreign-traded doctors struggle to pass SA exam
  • CAPE ARGUS 10 applicants each year fail HPCSA board exam – and are unable to practise medicine in country Only 60 percent of South Africa’s foreign-trained doctors pass the mandatory Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) board exam that...
  • 08/02/2015
  • Medies is te duur, se staat
  • SAKE24 ‘Gekonsentreerde mark stoot koste op’ Die departement van gesondheid wil die kanker van buitensporig hoë koste uit die private gesondheidsorgsektor sny. As jy dink mediese dienste is te duur en die verwarrende stelsel van mediese fondse...
  • 08/02/2015
  • Kanker van peperduurgesondheidsorg in die soeklig
  • NETWERK24 Voorleggings lig verskeie probleme uit As jy dink mediese dienste is te duur en die verwarrende stelsel van mediese fondse maak dit so te sê onmoontlik om pryse te vergelyk, stem die departement van gesondheid met jou saam. Nellie...
  • 07/02/2015
  • Paperwork mountain kicks off healthcare inquiry
  • SATURDAY CITIZEN Stakeholders in the private healthcare industry have their jobs cut out for them – they have to respond within a month to 15 000 pages of submissions to the panel leading the Competition Commission's market inquiry into the...
  • 06/02/2015
  • Are medical aids skinning patients?
  • THE TIMES Excessive healthcare costs can be blamed on certain medical aids and private hospital groups having an effective monopoly on prices. This was one of the claims that has been made at the Competition Commission’s Market Inquiry, which is...
  • 06/02/2015
  • Duur mediese sorg bekyk
  • SAKE24 Voorleggings aan komitee gee verskillende redes Die redes wat die gesondheidsektor gee vir die duur koste van gesondheidsdienste is opvallend verskillend, sê oud-hoofregter Sandile Ngcobo, voorsitter van die Mededingingskommissie se...
  • 06/02/2015
  • Market inquiry into private healthcare in highest gear
  • MONEYWEB 15 000 pages of submissions to Competition Commission. Stakeholders in the private healthcare industry will have their jobs cut out for them to respond within a month to 15 000 pages of submissions to the panel leading the Competition...
  • 06/02/2015
  • Too few medical aids blamed for high prices
  • THE HERALD Too few medical aids have too large a part of the pie and the same goes for the top three private hospital groups and specialist doctors. These are accusations made in submissions to the Competition Commission’s Market Inquiry to explain...
  • 06/02/2015
  • 'Cosy relationship' raises health costs
  • BUSINESS DAY Dominance by private hospital groups and their cosy relationships with specialist doctors and medical schemes, coupled with gaps in regulation and a lack of transparency, have been identified as the major causes of expensive private...
  • 03/02/2015
  • 2015/02/03
  • THE NEW AGE Hospersa will approach the CCMA after a three-month negotiation over a salary hike between the union and the management at Life Healthcare’s Westville Hospital deadlocked. Union spokesperson Michelle Connolly said talks deadlock after...
  • 01/02/2015
  • Back to ICU for Life Healthcare pay policy
  • SUNDAY TIMES What can be bothering Life Healthcare’s shareholders? There must be something — why else would a big chunk of them vote against an executive pay resolution put to the annual meeting this week? On Wednesday, an unprecedented 57.8%...
  • 31/01/2015
  • Medical schemes environment schemes environment set to change
  • MONEY MARKETING Innovation empowers members of medical schemes to push for transparency to make better-informed choices, according to PwC’s Research paper for medical schemes, 2014: Drivers of change. This will drive medical schemes to rethink how...
  • 31/01/2015
  • Key lessons from Australia's healthcare system
  • MONEY MARKETING A mixed public private sector provider model could lead to increased access to better quality health care for patients in South Africa, Michael Roff, CEO of the Australian Private Hospital Association, said. Speaking at the Hospital...
  • 31/01/2015
  • Alliviating SA's skills shortages
  • MONEY MARKETING Licensing private institutions to train doctors could help reduce South Africa’s shortage of doctors and effectively deal with the country’s burden of disease, Mariné Erasmus, from economic consultancy Econex, told delegates at the...
  • 29/01/2015
  • Health sector shrinks
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Diversified health group Litha Healthcare is delisting in a week (February 10) after a fairly good stint on the JSE, and its prospects are brighter with the backing of a bigger holding company. However, its departure from the JSE is...
  • 28/01/2015
  • State rethink posting of doctors
  • BUSINESS DAY The Department of Health is planning to revise the National Health Act’s controversial provisions for regulating where doctors work, it emerged on Tuesday. The development will allow doctor associations a fresh opportunity to lobby the...
  • 28/01/2015
  • Zuma's sick health act
  • THE TIMES Constitutional Court rules that president signed law into effect prematurely President Jacob Zuma’s decision to sign a proclamation that forces healthcare workers to obtain government permission to work in their preferred location was...
  • 28/01/2015
  • Now docs can heal legally again
  • DAILY DISPATCH It is no longer unlawful to provide healthcare services in South Africa after the Constitutional Court yesterday set aside a proclamation signed by President Jacob Zuma. The president signed the proclamation in March to bring...
  • 28/01/2015
  • Court sets aside health certificate
  • CAPE ARGUS A proclamation that effectively criminalised the provision of health services without a certain certificate was set aside by the Constitutional Court on Tuesday. A full bench of justices granted President Jacob Zuma and others direct...
  • 28/01/2015
  • Company comment: Do economics laws apply to hospitals?
  • BUSINESS DAY The Competition Commission’s decision to block Life Healthcare’s bid to acquire Lowveld Hospital in Nelspruit has provided insight into pricing in private hospitals. The antitrust body says it rejected the deal because it feared...
  • 26/01/2015
  • Nurses warned about bogus colleges
  • THE NEW AGE The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) has urged young people who will be pursuing a career in nursing to be careful of fly-by-night colleges. “Bogus nursing colleges are a normal feature during this time of year....
  • 23/01/2015
  • NHI no threat but panacea for health care
  • PRETORIA NEWS Private healthcare companies should view the introduction of the National Health Insurance not as a threat, but a way of improving health services for all. This is according to Dr Mangaliso Mahlaba, chief executive of Thebe Ya Bophelo...
  • 22/01/2015
  • Richemont/Mediclinic: Swiss rolls on stocks
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Sales at luxury goods company Richemont will likely be dealt another blow in the coming months should the Swiss franc, now a free-floating currency, grow stronger in value. The Swiss franc soared against all major global currencies...
  • 20/01/2015
  • Cautions for medical students studying overseas
  • THE NEW AGE The health department has advised students wanting to study medicine overseas to ensure that the qualifications of their prospective institutions are recognised in the country. This comes as more than 13 medical graduates in KZN have...
  • 19/01/2015
  • Franc's revaluation ails Richemont, good dose for Mediclinic
  • BUSINESS REPORT The dramatic revaluation of the Swiss franc has resulted in completely opposite fortunes for two South African companies with Swiss interests. Swiss National Bank (SNB) unexpectedly ended its three-year-old cap of1.20 franc per euro...
  • 16/01/2015
  • Medical students warned to check varsity credentials
  • PRETORIA NEWS South African students who intend to undertake medical studies in other countries must ensure that the qualifications they are to obtain are recognised here. This was the warning issued by KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo...
  • 16/01/2015
  • 'Check the status of medical studies abroad'
  • THE MERCURY South African students who intend undertaking medical studies in other countries must ensure that the qualifications they are to obtain are recognised here. This was the warning on Thursday by KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Sibongiseni...
  • 16/01/2015
  • Mediclinic wins, Richemont loses
  • MONEYWEB As a result of Swiss currency normalisation. The shares of local group Mediclinic and the world’s largest jewellery maker Richemont, reacted strongly on the news that the Swiss National Bank has decided to stop intervening to hold down...
  • 11/01/2015
  • High insurance costs scaring off specialists
  • TIMES LIVE There are only three paediatric neurosurgeons in the country and all of them work in the public sector. The reason: medical insurance costs make it impossible for these doctors to make a living in private practice. In a recent South...
  • 09/01/2015
  • Aspen, Mediclinic prop up JSE
  • BUSINESS REPORT Stocks extended gains into a third-straight session yesterday, led by drug company Aspen Pharmacare and private hospital operator Mediclinic as optimistic investors continued to push into last year’s strong performers. The blue chip...
  • 08/01/2015
  • You and your health
  • THE TIMES / THE HERALD Inquiry to shine the spotlight on private healthcare Here is some of what to expect in the health arena in 2015. • You will be able to tell the Competition Commission’s inquiry into private healthcare what you think...
  • 07/01/2015
  • Life Healthcare merger blocked
  • BUSINESS DAY The Competition Commission yesterday blocked the planned acquisition of Lowveld Hospital in Nelspruit by Life Healthcare. Lowveld is a 50-bed independent surgical hospital. Life had intended to grow the number of beds to more than...
  • 17/12/2014
  • Prysstygings in mediese sorg klop inflasie
  • DIE BURGER Oop fondse is die grootste sondaars Gesondheidsorgkoste het die afgelope 13 jaar met gemiddeld 7,9% per jaar gestyg. Dit is 2,1 persentasiepunte meer as die gemiddelde inflasiekoers oor die tydperk (5,8%). Van die mediese fondse het...
  • 13/12/2014
  • Govt may cancel doctors' 'blank cheque' for PMBs
  • WEEKEND ARGUS If medical schemes did not have to pay for Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMBs) at whatever rate a doctor charges, their costs and, ultimately, members’ contributions could fall. The Department Health is considering amending a...
  • 11/12/2014
  • Fulfilling a need
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Shares in recently listed day hospitals specialist Advanced Healthcare have enjoyed a robust recovery after it detailed expansion plans locally and abroad. The shares, listed at 100c in April this year, have surged over 30% to 197c...
  • 06/12/2014
  • Hospitaal se 'groot trek' verloop seepglad
  • VOLKSBLAD Die verskuiwing en oorplasing van pasiënte van die Mediclinic Kimberley na die Mediclinic Gariep verloop steeds flink. Die laaste intensiewe-sorgpasiënte en mobiele pasiënte sal vandag na die Mediclinic Gariep verskuif word. Gister is 23...
  • 05/12/2014
  • Namibia: Mediclinic lists on NSX, eyes growth
  • ALL AFRICA The South African privately run hospital group, Mediclinic International listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX) on Tuesday this week. The group joins a long list of South African firms that have listings on both the Johannesburg...
  • 04/12/2014
  • Quick profit
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Advanced Health is fast becoming an attractive counter in the JSE’s thin health sector. The group provides short-procedure surgical facilities and services in day hospitals in SA and Australia. Barely a year after listing on the...
  • 01/12/2014
  • Medical watchdog's R3m kickback probe hits snag
  • BUSINESS DAY Suspended registrar ‘won’t co-operate with fishing expedition’ An investigation into allegations that the CEO and registrar of the Council for Medical Schemes, Monwabisi Gantsho, had demanded a bribe encountered an obstacle last...
  • 01/12/2014
  • Mediclinic International lists in Namibia
  • FIN24 Private hospital group, Mediclinic International will list on the Namibian Stock Exchange with effect from Tuesday December 2 2014. This is a secondary listing for the company, with its primary listing remaining on the Johannesburg Stock...
  • 01/12/2014
  • Mediclinic watchdog's R3m kickback probe hits snag
  • BUSINESS DAY Suspended registrar ‘won’t co-operate with fishing expedition’ An investigation into allegations that the CEO and registrar of the Council for Medical Schemes, Monwabisi Gantsho, had demanded a bribe encountered an obstacle last...
  • 01/12/2014
  • An arm and a leg?
  • BUISNESS BRIEF The Competition Commission has commenced with its market inquiry into the private healthcare sector in South Africa. The Commission is proceeding in terms of a statement of issues published on 1 August 2014. The statement is designed...
  • 28/11/2014
  • Health scheme progress
  • THE CITIZEN Minister: National plan to improve benefits to be launched soon White Paper following UN module hopefully going before year end, says Motsoaledi. The White Paper on the National Health Insurance (NHI) plan, dependent on “timing”,...
  • 28/11/2014
  • Advanced Health eyes Australia acquisitions
  • MONEYWEB Day hospital group, Advanced Health (AVL) is in negotiations to acquire two day hospitals in Sydney, Australia, it announced at its annual general meeting on Thursday. The group will open six new day hospitals in South Africa in the next...
  • 27/11/2014
  • Still looking healthy
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Despite stagnant growth in the medical aid population, SA’s listed private health-care providers continue to report double digit growth figures. Results posted by Mediclinic, Life Healthcare and Netcare were an early Christmas...
  • 25/11/2014
  • Plan om minder krag te verbruik kan Netcare R1 mjd. bespaar
  • SAKE24 Netcare gaan in die volgende paar jaar amper 'n halfmiljard rand aan projekte bestee wat kragbesparing van sowat R1 miljard gaan meebring. Dr. Richard Friedland, uitvoerende hoof van Netcare, se die hospitaalgroep se kragkoste het sedert...
  • 25/11/2014
  • SA, UK operations help grow revenue
  • BUSINESS REPORT Group revenue for Netcare increased 16.1 percent to R31.78 billion for the financial year to September, the private health-care provider said yesterday. Its South African and UK operations grew revenue in their respective local...
  • 25/11/2014
  • Netcare turns to own power
  • THE CITIZEN Healthcare group Netcare says it has secured R500 million in funding for its long-term strategy to mitigate Eskom’s ongoing power interruptions. Netcare anticipates cumulative savings of R1 billion on electricity costs over 10 years as...
  • 25/11/2014
  • Netcare taking good care of business
  • NEW AGE Private healthcare operation Netcare recorded a significant improvement in profits during the year ended September, due to improved efficiencies and currency translation gains. Netcare released its financial results yesterday showing 16.1%...
  • 25/11/2014
  • Hospitale bestee miljarde aan energieprojekte
  • DIE BURGER Netcare gaan oor die komende vyf tot sewe jaar byna 'n halfmiljard rand aan projekte bestee wat hom sowat R1 miljard se krag gaan help spaar. Dr. Richard Friedland, uitvoerende hoof van Netcare, se die hospitaalgroep se kragkoste het...
  • 25/11/2014
  • Private hospital group in fine health
  • THE HERALD Shares of private hospital group Netcare powered to a record high yesterday after the company increased annual profits and revealed expansion plans signalling that future earnings growth would remain strong. The stock gained more than 6%...
  • 24/11/2014
  • Maties medical students get training at Mediclinics
  • TYGERBURGER In a ground-breaking initiative medical students of Stellenbosch University can now undergo part of their training at accredited Mediclinic hospitals. This initiative was announced last Monday between Stellenbosch University (SU) and...
  • 20/11/2014
  • New council to oversee CMS
  • BUSINESS REPORT Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi had appointed a new council to oversee the governance of the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), the body said yesterday. “We welcome the appointment of the new council,” CMS acting chief executive...
  • 18/11/2014
  • Netcare expects earnings to rise
  • BUSINESS DAY Netcare rose 3.77% to R34.97 yesterday after saying it expects to report on Monday headline earnings per share for the year to September of 154.8c – 16L5c, or 15%-20%, higher than the previous year’s 134.6c. Basic earnings, however,...
  • 18/11/2014
  • Mediclinic and varsity join hands in training of doctors
  • BUSINESS DAY Private hospital group Mediclinic Southern Africa and Stellenbosch University’s medical school have announced a partnership for training undergraduate doctors, a development they say will help increase the number of doctors that can be...
  • 17/11/2014
  • Full-year earnings growth declines
  • BUSINESS REPORT Life Healthcare Group Holdings, South Africa's third-largest private hospital owner, reported that full-year earnings growth in its home hospital market slowed. Profit at the hospitals unit rose 11 percent to R2.91 billion in the 12...
  • 17/11/2014
  • Life Healthcare posts profit upswing
  • THE NEW AGE Life Healthcare reported 10.2% growth in revenue during the year ended September, a performance partly boosted by increased hospital beds and paid patient days (PPDs). Revenue stood at R13bn, up from R11.8bn, while operating profit...
  • 17/11/2014
  • Life Healthcare plans expansion in Poland
  • BUSINESS DAY Life Healthcare has entered into discussions to acquire two businesses in Poland, a fragmented market that the group has identified as an area of growth as it expands abroad. Delivering the 2014 annual results on Friday, CEO Andre...
  • 13/11/2014
  • Healthcare rip-offs rife
  • THE TIMES Kickback fraud is costing patients and medical schemes millions a year The Board of Healthcare Funders has asked the Competition Commission to investigate the prices medical suppliers charge doctors and small hospitals for equipment...
  • 13/11/2014
  • Medical suppliers' prices to be probed
  • THE TIMES Call comes as huge discrepancies suggest kickbacks The Board of Healthcare Funders has asked the Competition Commission to investigate the prices suppliers charge doctors and small hospitals for goods like needles, gloves, masks and...
  • 13/11/2014
  • Diamonds and Dogs: Mediclinic
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Everybody loves a good secular trend, and private health care is one of those industries that sit in the sweetest of sweet spots due to basic demographics. An ageing population with a lot of loot and a bewildering range of treatments...
  • 11/11/2014
  • Specialists overcharging on medical aid amounts
  • FIN24 Medical specialists are charging up to 300% more than the amounts medical aid schemes allow, according to Sunday’s Rapport newspaper. The allegation was reportedly contained in a submission that the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) would...
  • 09/11/2014
  • How private healthcare medical specialists are ripping you off
  • CITY PRESS Medical specialists are charging up to 300% more than the amounts that medical aid schemes allow. This and other allegations are contained in a submission that the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) will make to the Competition...
  • 07/11/2014
  • Langer verblyf laat die geld inrol
  • SAKE24 Die getal pasiënte wat in die half-jaar tot einde September in hospitale van Mediclinic opgeneem is, het met 1,7% tot 287 800 gestyg. Die groei is nie so sterk soos in die ooreenstemmende tyd verlede jaar nie. Die gemiddelde verblyftyd per...
  • 07/11/2014
  • Diverse footprint benefits Mediclinic
  • BUSINESS REPORT Private hospital group Mediclinic International continues to benefit from its diverse geographical footprint in Europe, the Middle East and southern Africa. Mediclinic grew its normalised operating profit before interest, tax,...
  • 07/11/2014
  • Mediclinic eyes more growth in territories
  • BUSINESS DAY Despite tightening regulation, Mediclinic International continues to expand in all its three territories — Southern Africa, Switzerland and the Middle East. The hospital group plans to spend R3.5bn on capital projects and equipment...
  • 07/11/2014
  • Retail shares slide after Truworths reports its results
  • BUSINESS REPORT Stocks slipped yesterday with retailers hit after Truworths reported slower sales, increasing investor concern about the health of cash-strapped consumers. The benchmark Top40 index fell 0.2 percent to 44 306.55 points. The broad...
  • 07/11/2014
  • Mediclinic needs to stretch wings
  • BUSINESS DAY The healthcare business has historically been considered a defensive trade, one of those sectors where even the most risk-averse investor could comfortably try his luck. It thrives on the belief that sick people have no choice but to...
  • 07/11/2014
  • Mediclinic shows healthy growth
  • NEW AGE Growth in numbers of patients and currency fluctuations helped private hospital giant Mediclinic International realise a major growth in earnings for the six months ended in September. The group released its interim results yesterday and...
  • 06/11/2014
  • Mediclinic first half-year profit climbs
  • MONEYWEB On the back of Swiss hospital growth. Mediclinic International, South Africa’s largest private-hospital owner, said first-half revenue and profit increased as the company expanded in Switzerland and upgraded units in the Middle East. Sales...
  • 06/11/2014
  • Mediclinic profit up on hospital growth
  • BLOOMBERG NEWS Mediclinic International, South Africa’s largest private-hospital owner, said first-half profit increased 19 percent as the company expanded in Switzerland and upgraded units in the Middle East. Net income advanced to 1.67 billion...
  • 06/11/2014
  • Mediclinic International says growth pattern remains consistent
  • CNBC AFRICA Private hospital group, Mediclinic International believes that it has maintained its consistent growth pattern. “We are pleased to report the continued increase in patient numbers at all three platforms,” said chief executive, Danie...
  • 06/11/2014
  • Currency swings help Mediclinic lift H1 profit by 10%
  • MONEYWEB Interim dividend increased by 11% to 31.0 cents South Africa's biggest private hospital operator by value, Mediclinic International Ltd, reported a 10 percent increase in first-year profit on Thursday, helped by favourable currency swings...
  • 06/11/2014
  • Mediclinic first-half profit climbs on Swiss hospital growth
  • BUSINESSWEEK Mediclinic International Ltd. (MDC), South Africa’s largest private-hospital owner, said first-half revenue and profit increased as the company expanded in Switzerland and upgraded units in the Middle East. Sales gained 19 percent to...