Welcome to the Doctors' Portal
00:00 Sunday
Mediclinic

News at Mediclinic

  • 08/08/2019
  • HEALTH MINISTER EXPLAINS NHI BILL
  • The National Health Insurance Bill is one step closer to implementation. If government gets its way, the Bill could be law by July next year. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize is set to hold a media briefing on Thursday morning to take South...
  • 06/08/2019
  • THE NHI CANNOT SUCCEED
  • Yet another positive article about the future of the NHI appears in your newspaper, this time by Ms Phumla Williams and, yet again, the writer is out of touch with reality. Let writers stop living in Disneyland and come down to earth and face...
  • 28/07/2019
  • NHI PLANS AT ADVANCED STAGE
  • President Cyril Ramaphosa says the strategy to revise the National Health Insurance (NHI) detailed plan of implementation is at an advanced stage. He said the plan includes accelerating quality of care initiatives in public facilities, building...
  • 28/07/2019
  • THINKING HEALTHCARE IN THE TIME OF THE NHI
  • More than 25 years into the democratic dispensation, South Africa is still failing to provide a comprehensive healthcare package to all its people. In the Eastern Cape, the implementation of access to quality healthcare is inhibited by; inter alia,...
  • 27/07/2019
  • NEW MINISTER PROMISES NHI DELIVERY
  • National Health Insurance (NHI) will happen, and the legislation governing its implementation and funding will go to Parliament soon, said the newly appointed health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize. “Equally importantly, making progress towards universal...
  • 26/07/2019
  • PRESIDENT TO DEFEND SONA
  • President Cyril Ramaphosa is today expected to reply to the debate on the State of the Nation Address Sona, after he came under fire from opposition parties. The DA, EFF, IFP, ACDP and UDM blasted Ramaphosa for lack of substance in his address last...
  • 25/07/2019
  • HOPE FOR STATE OF NATION
  • Last week’s State of the Nation gave me a lot of hope. I know these were just words from President Cyril Ramaphosa, but like I said before, I believe his heart is in the right place and that he genuinely wants to build a better country. I suspect...
  • 16/07/2019
  • EXHAUSTED MEDICAL FUNDS LEAVE PATIENTS FEELING SICK
  • Two weeks ago, I wrote about how medical schemes are simply rogue and that the Council of Medical Schemes, which is a statutory body meant to regulate medical schemes, is a toothless watchdog. My point was that it is concerning that medical schemes...
  • 16/07/2019
  • DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ON NHI
  • The Department of Health agrees completely that the National Health Insurance scheme will only work if the healthcare system is working properly. The Deputy Director General says the NHI will work as they will be using the change in the financing...
  • 15/07/2019
  • HOW MUCH WILL THE NHI COST SA?
  • The government is sticking to its plans to implement National Health Insurance, with questions still being asked on the funding and costing of the programme. The pilot projects were introduced in 2012, but the opposition parties have said these...
  • 12/07/2019
  • MKHIZE TO GIVE DETAILS OF NHI BILL AFTER CABINET NOD
  • Health minister Zweli Mkhize will on Friday unpack the details of the approved National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, which is aimed at providing universal health coverage for South Africans Jackson Mthembu, minister in the presidency for planning,...
  • 12/07/2019
  • HEALTH TO TACKLE STAFF SHORTAGES
  • Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says the department will deal with staff shortages for frontline services in the year ahead. The Minister led a debate on the department’s budget vote on Friday morning. “The shortage of frontline service delivery...
  • 11/07/2019
  • NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE A STEP CLOSER AS CABINET APPROVES BILL
  • National health insurance (NHI) is one step closer to becoming a reality after Cabinet approved the NHI Bill of 2018, ready to be tabled and debated in Parliament, Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu announced. "In 2018, Cabinet approved...
  • 09/07/2019
  • OPPOSITION PARTIES WALK OUT ON ZIKALALA'S SOPA
  • The maiden State of the Province Address SOPA by KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala was overshadowed by opposition parties walking out of the chamber in protest of non-members being allowed on the house floor. Members of the Democratic Alliance DA and the...
  • 05/07/2019
  • CONTROVERSIAL NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE BILL WILL PROCEED
  • The DA says Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed the controversial National Health Insurance Bill will proceed regardless of the fact that a report on the feasibility of the pilot project has never been made public. The matter was discussed by...
  • 05/07/2019
  • CHANGE ACROSS HEALTHCARE ECOSYSTEMS IN AFRICA
  • Over the last 100 years, healthcare systems across the African continent have started to evolve and transform slowly, in line with parallel changes experienced in the economic growth and social development of each country. A few of these countries...
  • 04/07/2019
  • PLAN FOR NATIONAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO RUN HOSPITALS
  • The decision to transfer Gauteng's four academic hospitals to the national Department of Health was in line with provisions of the National Health Insurance NHI Bill. The department says there is nothing untoward about the move announced by Premier...
  • 01/07/2019
  • SAMA CONFERENCE 2019 - TAKING HEALTHCARE IN SA FORWARD
  • The SAMA 2019 conference will be held in August, with around 30 specialists and experts examining various aspects of leadership and quality in healthcare in SA. The theme of the conference is "Leadership and quality in healthcare: Let's close the...
  • 20/06/2019
  • WHAT STRESSES DOCTORS OUT
  • Long hours and poor working conditions are negatively impacting the personal health of many South African healthcare professionals, according to the 2019 PPS Graduate Professional Index (GPI) results. Up to 73% of respondents felt that a large...
  • 20/06/2019
  • RAMAPHOSA IS OVER, PRESIDENT HAS TO DELIVER
  • Today's State of the Nation Address could be a tough one for President Cyril Ramaphosa. First, some of the opposition political parties have already stated that his honeymoon is over. This means the president can forget about having them in his...
  • 20/06/2019
  • ARE UMBRELLA MEDICAL FUNDS THE WAY FORWARD?
  • In order to reduce fragmentation, address risk rating, strengthen cross-subsidies and simplify benefit options, the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has proposed the amalgamation of smaller schemes, which fall below the legislated minimum threshold...
  • 08/06/2019
  • R1.2BN WP HEALTH CARE BOOSTER
  • The Western Cape is set to receive R1.2 billion in upgrades to health care infrastructure over the next year. Of this, R6 million is going towards the design phases of the new Klipfontein Regional Hospital, which will serve as a desperately needed...
  • 08/06/2019
  • NGV GEEN UTOPIE VIR SA GESONDHEIDSTELSEL
  • AfriForum veroordeel Dr. Zweli Mkhize, nuwe minister van gesondheid, se aankondiging dat die Nasionale Gesondheidsversekering (NGV)-plan so gou moontlik ingestel moet word. Mkhize het Vrydag tydens ’n mediakonferensie beweer dat die vraag nie is óf...
  • 06/06/2019
  • RULING PARTY UNDER PRESSURE OVER SCOPA CHAIRPERSON
  • The ANC is under pressure to offer the chairperson post of the standing committee on public accounts Scopa to the DA. Falling short of demanding that the governing party return the favour after the ANC was offered the post in the Western Cape...
  • 02/06/2019
  • EQUITABLE HEALTH SERVICES FOR ALL WOMEN
  • South Africa marks its 25th year as a fledgling democratic nation with a myriad of heralded successes along with some deep rooted challenges. The gains and losses can be evidenced throughout its socioeconomic, cultural and political tapestry. The...
  • 31/05/2019
  • DIÉ KWALE MOET NUWE MINISTER VAN GESONDHEID
  • Die eerste nuwe minister van gesondheid in ’n dekade het ’n lang lys van krankhede in beide die staat- en private gesondheidsorgsektor wat hy sal moet genees. Dr. Zweli Mkhize is in die plek van dr. Aaron Motsoaledi aangestel wat van 2009 af in die...
  • 28/05/2019
  • HERE IS HOW MANY SOUTH AFRICANS HAVE MEDICAL AID
  • StatsSA has published its latest General Household Survey (GHS), revealing the number of South Africans that are covered by a medical aid scheme. The group’s data shows that between 2002 and 2018, the percentage of individuals covered by a medical...
  • 27/05/2019
  • ELECTIONS ARE DONE- WHERE TO NOW FOR OUR ECONOMY
  • President Cyril Ramaphosa inherited a multi-faceted socio-economic crisis when he took office in 2018. Dysfunctional municipalities, incompetent leadership at key state-owned enterprises and criminal allegations against members in the executive have...
  • 26/05/2019
  • WHERE WILL THE PRESIDENT TAKE US?
  • When the global financial crisis hit in 2008, South Africa was sitting on reasonably strong macroeconomic fundamentals, including having a healthy fiscal position, as well as solid levels of business and consumer sentiment. The economy had grown by...
  • 06/05/2019
  • #VOTE4HEALTH: FUNDING THE RIGHT TO HEALTHCARE
  • SPOTLIGHT Despite the Constitutional injunction on the government to ensure that everyone has access to quality health care services, including reproductive health care, and the promise to equalize access through National Health Insurance (NHI),...
  • 02/05/2019
  • FAILING HEALTH SYSTEM IN SPOTLIGHT AHEAD OF ELECTION
  • TIMES LIVE Six psychiatric patients are tied to their beds in two tiny, dimly lit cubicles in the emergency ward of South Africa's biggest hospital, where the country's dire healthcare crisis is starkly evident. Some of the group are...
  • 10/04/2019
  • COLLABORATION NEEDED OVER COFI BILL
  • DAILY NEWS Those involved in the healthcare sector have long advocated for a single regulator, believing the current dual regulatory framework creates regulatory arbitrage not conducive to offering the consumer maximum protection. As part of...
  • 01/04/2019
  • MINISTER SLAMS SA’S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
  • CAPE TIMES NHI needs to address inequality; public institutions must be fixed Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has criticised the country's health care system, saying it was riddled with disparities that did not exist anywhere else in the...
  • 01/04/2019
  • PLAN TO TACKLE HEALTH CRISIS
  • CITIZEN Illegal immigrants: massive strain on system Health minister says proposal is in place and details revealed at later date The ANC has a plan to deal with the impact illegal immigrants have on the public health system, says Health...
  • 01/04/2019
  • SA MEDICAL SCHEMES IN GOOD HEALTH
  • BIZCOMMUNITY South Africa's largest medical schemes – both open and restricted – are in good shape and have sufficient reserves to pay members' claims, according to Alexander Forbes Health's latest edition of Diagnosis, an annual publication that...
  • 29/03/2019
  • LEAVE OUR NURSES ALONE, UNIONS SAY
  • THE STAR England’s drive to recruit international nursing staff slammed South African unions have slammed the renewed and vigorous drive by England to recruit thousands of nurses to boost manpower in their hospitals. The Democratic Nursing...
  • 27/03/2019
  • DEMOCRATISE HEALTHCARE
  • DAILY NEWS CAPE ARGUS THE STAR When Louis Washkansky was operated on by Dr Christiaan Barnard at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town in 1967 to become the beneficiary of the world's first heart transplant, he didn't have to worry about who...
  • 26/03/2019
  • WHY MEDICAL SCHEMES COST MORE THAN HEALTH INSURANCE
  • CAPE ARGUS As financial intermediaries, we at Alexander Forbes Health are often asked why medical scheme cover is so expensive compared to health insurance. There are three main reasons: 1. Underwriting and open enrolment. The legislation...
  • 24/03/2019
  • MEDIESE INFLASIE ‘IS EINTLIK 11%’
  • RAPPORT SAKE Lede gebruik duurder, meer produkte, sê Discovery Mediese koste het amptelik met net 4,3% gestyg, maar die land se grootste siekefonds-administrateur, Discovery Health, sê die werklike inflasie is meer as 11%. Statistieke...
  • 21/03/2019
  • HEALTH CARE’S ANNUAL SPEND TOPS R180BN
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Industry calls for policy changes that will allow public and private sector to work together to ease access The private health-care sector faces significant change with the long-awaited National Health Insurance Bill under...
  • 21/03/2019
  • POLICY UNCERTAINTY KEEPS COSTS HIGH
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Lack of commitment to regulatory reform and a constrained economic environment has negatively affected the sector’s growth The consumers of private hospital services are primarily medical scheme beneficiaries. It therefore...
  • 21/03/2019
  • PROBE FLAGS NEED FOR GREATER TRANSPARENCY
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Consumers are not clear on the quality of care they receive, and high costs do not always mean greater value to them The complexities of the private health-care sector, including the rising cost of health care, is under...
  • 17/03/2019
  • SMALL PHARMACIES WANT A MORATORIUM ON NEW LICENCES
  • CITY PRESS Facing the threat of being bullied out of business, independent retailers stand up to major retailers and call on the health department to change authorisation criteria The Independent Community Pharmacy Association (ICPA) is set to...
  • 17/03/2019
  • REGULATOR CAN’T FORCE GEMS TO FUND DRUG
  • SUNDAY TIMES - BUSINESS TIMES Year-long fight for medicine drags on as patient gets sicker The Council for Medical Schemes CMS regulates 80 medical aids in a R160bn industry, but don't expect a speedy, clear or consistent response when...
  • 17/03/2019
  • NURSES NURSE A GRUDGE
  • CITY PRESS Dejected and distressed – this is the position in which hundreds of community-service nurses in Limpopo find themselves as they sit at home unemployed for a second month. The nurses claim the provincial health department advised...
  • 15/03/2019
  • AFROCENTRIC QUIETLY BUILDS MEDICINE CHEST
  • BUSINESS DAY It’s not an obvious association, but Afrocentric, the listed BEE healthcare investment company that owns Medscheme, has quietly become the biggest dispenser of medicines by script volumes in the country. Through a deal with the...
  • 15/03/2019
  • MINISTER URGES SUPPORT FOR SA TRANSPLANT INNOVATION
  • MERCURY Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has paid tribute to Professor Mashudu Tshifularo and his team at the University of Pretoria (UP) for a pioneering surgical procedure which uses 3D printed middle ear bones for conductive hearing loss...
  • 14/03/2019
  • NO SET BENEFITS FOR LOW-COST PLANS YET
  • SOWETAN Take care as cover for private doctor day-to-day healthcare needs varies widely Standardised benefits for low-cost medical scheme options are unlikely to be introduced for another two years. Insurers will, in the absence of a...
  • 14/03/2019
  • GAUTENG’S PLAN TO CLEAR SURGERY BACKLOG
  • BIZCOMMUNITY In a bid to address surgical backlogs, Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa has sent a letter of request to facilitate a handover of the site where Soshanguve District Hospital will be built. Once built, the hospital is set to...
  • 12/03/2019
  • HEALTHIER CARE FOR ALL
  • DAILY SUN Government promises free universal healthcare to all Mzansi people. This means anyone who needs quality medical care gets it for free – it’s not only available to people who can afford it. But who pays the costs of universal...
  • 10/03/2019
  • DAY CLINIC MODEL FAILS TO TAKE OFF
  • SUNDAY TIMES, BUSINESS TIMES Slow uptake stifles Advanced Health's SA growth prospects When Advanced Health began building its day hospital business in SA about five years ago, it had one goal: to provide an alternative to expensive hospital...
  • 06/03/2019
  • HEALTH ‘MUST STAY FREE’
  • CITIZEN Error: Dept. ‘mistakenly’ tells provinces noncitizens ‘must pay’ Migrants do not constitute a significant burden on health resources – report The Gauteng department of health issued a circular, backed by the national department, last...
  • 03/03/2019
  • PRICEY MEDICAL AID – OR GOVT CARE?
  • SATURDAY CITIZEN South Africans love to complain about many things but seldom about their own con duct, either individually or as a nation. So, many will moan about the shockingly high cost of medical aids – or the fact that medical aids will...
  • 03/03/2019
  • HEALTH MINISTER’S DIAGNOSIS WILL KEEP OUR HEALTH SYSTEM SICK
  • SUNDAY TIMES Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi has earned a reputation as one of the straighter arrows in the executive. Despite it being widely acknowledged that the public health system is a mess, and that our hospitals are often badly managed,...
  • 03/03/2019
  • CROSSED WIRES OVER FREE CARE FOR FOREIGNERS
  • SUNDAY TIMES Gauteng directive to hospitals withdrawn by health department The national department of health has moved to distance itself from an instruction that state hospitals should turn away foreigners unless they pay in full. The...
  • 03/03/2019
  • SIEKFONDSE WIL DOKTERS EN HOSPITALE TAKEL
  • RAPPORT Die meeste van die land se sieke fondse het Vrydag 'n pakt onder teken om saam dokters, hospitale en ander diensverskaffers vas te vat oor "bedrog, vermorsing en misbruik" wat siekefondslede glo tot R30 miljard per jaar kos. Die...
  • 03/03/2019
  • HASA IS NOT OPPOSING THE NHI
  • SUNDAY INDEPENDENT The Free Market Foundation, health minister mislead the public in the “Great Debate” article It is unfortunate when stridently opposing parties use misleading language to further their particular aims at the expense of what...
  • 01/03/2019
  • NHI WAR ROOM TO IMPROVE HEALTHCARE
  • PUBLIC SECTOR MANAGER The Presidency has set up a National Health Insurance (NHI) war room to address challenges in the public healthcare system. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said this when he addressed the launch of the Presidential...
  • 27/02/2019
  • IS NHI GOING TO MAKE THE SA ECONOMY EVEN SICKER?
  • BIZCOMMUNITY Concerns raised by the Hospital Association of SA (Hasa) over contradictions in the National Health Insurance (NHI) and the Medical Schemes Amendment that could lead to potential job losses has raised the ire of the national health...
  • 25/02/2019
  • MEDICAL BODY MUM ON BONITAS PROBE
  • BUSINESS DAY The Council for Medical Schemes CMS in 2018 inexplicably terminated a two year investigation into allegations of trustee election fraud, improper contracts and conflicts of interest at Bonitas Medical Fund, SA's second largest open...
  • 24/02/2019
  • DISCOVERY PARTNER IN CHINA'S HUGE MARKET IS IN ROBUST HEALTH
  • SUNDAY TIMES Discovery's strategy to expand into China is paying off as the country's 1.4 billion people grow private health insurance into an industry worth nearly R2 trillion. Growth in SA's private health care sector is increasingly...
  • 14/02/2019
  • PRIMARY HEALTH CARE THE FOUNDATION OF NHI
  • DIAMOND FIELDS ADVERTISER In his State of the Nation Address last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa told parliament that: "This year, we will take a significant step towards universal access to quality health care for all South Africans. "After...
  • 14/02/2019
  • PLAN SLOER OM SIEK SEKTOR REG TE DOKTER
  • SAKE Die plan waarmee belangegroepe op 'n presidensiële beraad oor die krisis in die gesondheidsorg sektor vorendag moes kom, is weens hul uiteenlopende sie nings weer vertraag. Rolspelers uit alle oorde in die gesondheidsorgsektor het vir die...
  • 14/02/2019
  • DOCTORS UNHAPPY WITH MEDICAL AID'S NEW RULING
  • DAILY DISPATCH Doctors have expressed concern at a new rule introduced by Discovery medical aid in 2019 that some of its members have to use day clinics for certain procedures. Members of the Discovery saver, smart, key-care, core and priority...
  • 13/02/2019
  • SIU TO PROBE MEDICAL SCHEMES REGULATOR
  • BUSINESS DAY The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is poised to launch an investigation into possible mal administration and corruption at the Council for Medical Schemes CMS, the watchdog agency for the country's medical schemes industry. The...
  • 13/02/2019
  • NHI WILL NOT CAUSE JOB LOSSES – NEHAWU
  • POLITICS WEB Union says there will be an increased number of nurses, doctors and other health care workers. The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] have been pioneers of the National Health Insurance [NHI]. The NHI will...
  • 13/02/2019
  • PRESIDENT'S PLAN FOR FIXING HEALTH DELAYED AGAIN
  • BUSINESS DAY President Cyril Ramaphosa's ambitions of devising a plan for fixing the health system have once again been delayed, as participants from 2018's health summit say they need more time to do a proper job. Ramaphosa convened the two...
  • 13/02/2019
  • MINISTER SWYG OOR PROSES MET DIE NGV WET
  • SAKE Wag en wees geduldig, was dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, minister van gesondheid, se antwoord op 'n vraag oor hoe ver die Wetsontwerp oor Nasionale Gesondheidsversekering (NGV) van klaar is voordat dit in die parlement ter tafel gele word. Hy het...
  • 13/02/2019
  • CONFUSION OVER RAMAPHOSA’S NHI REMARKS IN HIS SONA ADDRESS
  • MEDICAL BRIEF President Cyril Ramaphosa created confusion with a remark about the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) during his State of the Nation address, health experts are quoted in The Times as saying. The report says those surveyed said...
  • 12/02/2019
  • SA’S HEALTH SYSTEM ON THE VERGE OF COLLAPSE: RAMAPHOSA
  • SABC NEWS The health minister says there is a realisation among many countries that quality health care is crucial for economic growth. President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country’s health system is at a tipping point and something should be done...
  • 12/02/2019
  • MOTSOALEDI OUTLINES NHI WAR ROOM PLAN
  • BIZCOMMUNITY President Cyril Ramaphosa indicated in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) last week that in 2019 government will take a significant step towards universal health coverage that will bring quality The National Health Insurance...
  • 12/02/2019
  • THE PRESIDENTIAL HEALTH SUMMIT REPORT
  • BHEKISISA Find out which issues have been prioritised after the Presidential Health Summit. In 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa held a three-day long Presidential Health Summit outside Johannesburg. The gathering drew more than 100...
  • 12/02/2019
  • THE NHI BILL WILL SOON BE READY FOR SUBMISSION TO PARLIAMENT
  • GO SOUTH Remarks prepared for President Cyril Ramaphosa at the launch of the report on the Presidential Health Summit (As delivered by Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi on behalf of President Ramaphosa) Deputy Minister of Health Dr Joe...
  • 10/02/2019
  • MOTSOALEDI LASHES HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION FOR `FEAR-MONGERING'
  • SUNDAY TIMES Aaron Motsoaledi, the minister of health, has hauled the Hospital Association of SA (Hasa) over the coals, saying it is using fear mongering to fight the implementation of National Health Insurance (NHI). This comes after the...
  • 09/02/2019
  • SAMA SAYS UNPAID DOCTORS WON’T SHOW UP FOR WORK
  • EWN The association says without their salaries doctors are unable to pay for transport to report for duty. The South African Medical Association says unpaid doctors will not show up for work until their January salaries have been paid. The...
  • 08/02/2019
  • CALLS FOR INCREASED BUDGETS IN THE MENTAL HEALTH SECTOR
  • HEALTH-E NEWS The Life Esidimeni tragedy, patient abuse and suicide by health professionals are among the issues pointing to a dire need for better management of public sector psychiatry. This is the opinion of incoming South African Society of...
  • 07/02/2019
  • RAMAPHOSA: NHI BILL TO COME BEFORE PARLIAMENT SOON
  • FIN24.COM President Cyril Ramaphosa says the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill will soon be ready for submission to Parliament. "The NHI will enable South Africans to receive free services at the point of care in public and private...
  • 06/02/2019
  • ACTIVISTS CALL ON CYRIL RAMAPHOSA TO TACKLE HEALTHCARE CRISIS
  • BUSINESS DAY Ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa's state of the nation address on Thursday, health activists have called on him to take concrete action to fix the health system rather than focusing on the long-promised national health insurance...
  • 05/02/2019
  • A MODULAR APPROACH TO BETTER HEALTHCARE
  • IT WEB The healthcare sector can make the most of its investments in technology by adopting solutions that are modular and can be easily integrated into existing systems. The provision of high-value healthcare is the ultimate goal in the South...
  • 04/02/2019
  • WHY DELAYS TO FIXING HEALTHCARE ARE BAD NEWS FOR SOUTH AFRICANS
  • NEWS24 The release of a final report about the state of competition in South Africa’s private health sector has been delayed again. It was compiled by an inquiry panel made up of medical, legal and economic experts. The panel heard submissions from...
  • 04/02/2019
  • PRIVATE HOSPITALS WARN DRAFT NHI LAWS THREATEN 132,000 JOBS
  • BUSINESS DAY Hospital Association of SA says National Health Insurance legislation will hit private hospital sector’s future investment and capital expenditure. National Health Insurance (NHI), which the government is pushing as the solution to...
  • 01/02/2019
  • HOW THE NHI WILL CHANGE YOUR MEDICAL AID CONTRIBUTIONS
  • BUSINESS TECH There has been a lot of hype around the proposed National Health Insurance Bill (NHI Bill) and the numerous implications for South African citizens. Little has been said, however, about how the NHI Bill will impact on the provision...
  • 31/01/2019
  • REPORT HIGHLIGHTS SA’S PUBLIC HEALTHCARE LOTTERY
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Women in the Eastern Cape’s OR Tambo district are 10 times more likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth than those in Joe Gqabi district. The huge disparities in the healthcare services available to people living in...
  • 31/01/2019
  • MEDICLINIC SOEK TRIBUNAAL SE REDES VIR VERBOD VÓÓR APPÈL
  • NETWER24 Mediclinic Suider-Afrika wil eers die skriftelike redes kry vir die besluit van die Mededingingstribunaal om sy beoogde oorname van twee hospitale in Klerksdorp te verbied, voordat hy besluit of hy gaan appelleer daarteen. Die...
  • 31/01/2019
  • TRIBUNAL STOPS MEDICLINIC HOSPITAL MERGER IN THE NORTH WEST
  • THE CITIZEN The Competition Tribunal has prohibited a merger between Mediclinic and Matlosana Medical Health Services in North West. In a statement, the Tribunal says the proposed merger should be prohibited on grounds that it would likely...
  • 16/01/2019
  • SA CAN’T GIVE HUNDREDS OF ITS NEW DOCTORS JOBS
  • THE CITIZEN The SA Medical Association (Sama) has cautioned against the loss of skilled and qualified doctors to other countries due to the national department of health’s inability to provide them with jobs. Sama board member Dr Rhulani Edward...
  • 15/01/2019
  • MEDICLINIC FIGHTS TO EXPAND IN NORTH WEST
  • BUSINESS DAY SA’s biggest private hospital group by value presented its final argument to the Competition Tribunal SA’s biggest private hospital group by value, Mediclinic International, presented its final argument to the Competition Tribunal...
  • 09/01/2019
  • SA’S NEW MEDICAL SCHEME SET TO DISRUPT THE MARKET
  • IOL A new market entrant, Health Squared Medical Scheme, is set to “redefine healthcare funding” through a personalised approach to healthcare cover for members at all income levels. “In recent years, and largely due to macroeconomic factors,...
  • 09/01/2019
  • INQUIRY INTO SA’S PRIVATE HEALTHCARE SECTOR COST R197M
  • MEDICAL BRIEF The total cost of South Africa’s Competition Commission inquiry into the private healthcare sector amounted to R197m, The Times reports Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has disclosed. The commission was established in 2013...
  • 07/01/2019
  • SA'S STATE OF HEALTH
  • BIZCOMMUNITY The cost of healthcare, inadequate benefits and failing public healthcare facilities were very much in the news in 2018 and are likely to continue to feature strongly in headlines in 2019 as South Africa finds its way towards...
  • 07/01/2019
  • DATA IS DEMOCRATISING HEALTHCARE
  • BIZCOMMUNITY Ground-breaking technologies are empowering healthcare systems and consumers at an unprecedented rate. And, 2019 will prove no exception to this trend. With disruption in the medical world set to accelerate, which top healthcare...
  • 02/01/2019
  • PROBE INTO SA'S PRIVATE HEALTHCARE SECTOR COST R197M
  • THE TIMES The total cost of the Competition Commission’s inquiry into the private healthcare sector amounted to R197m, economic development minister Ebrahim Patel has disclosed. The commission was established in 2013 to investigate the state of...
  • 07/12/2018
  • NHI BILL STOPPED IN ITS TRACKS BY CABINET
  • MEDBRIEF AFRICA It is back to the drawing board for the Department of Health on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill after Cabinet decided to send it back to the department for more work. The Bill was presented to Cabinet yesterday, but...
  • 07/12/2018
  • CABINET TURNS DOWN CONTENTIOUS NHI BILL
  • BUSINESS DAY Thursday’s statement makes it clear the cabinet has not given the bill the green light, but it is unclear what its concerns are. The cabinet has rejected the fiercely contested National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, sending it back...
  • 07/12/2018
  • PIONEERING NEW PROCEDURE TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF LEG AMPUTEES
  • IOL A new procedure that can drastically improve the lives of leg amputees was recently performed for the first time in South Africa. The procedure involves a revolutionary new type of prosthesis that does away with traditional suction sockets...
  • 06/12/2018
  • CABINET TO DECIDE ON NHI BILL IN JANUARY
  • HEALTH-E NEWS A special Cabinet meeting will be held on 30 January with the NHI, which lays the groundwork for a single health system, the only item on the agenda. The Bill was presented to Cabinet on Thursday, where state law advisers assured...
  • 06/12/2018
  • THE MYSTERY OF THE STATUS OF THE NHI BILL
  • BUSINESS DAY Thursday’s statement makes it clear cabinet has not given the bill the green light, but it is unclear what its concerns are. Mystery surrounded the status of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill on Thursday, after the government...
  • 06/12/2018
  • AMPUTASIES: REVOLUSIONÊRE NUWE PROSTESE-PROSEDURE
  • NETWERK24 ’n Opwindende nuwe prosedure wat die lewe van mense met onderste ledemaat-amputasies drasties kan verbeter, is onlangs vir die eerste keer in Suid-Afrika uitgevoer. ’n Professor aan die Universiteit Stellenbosch (US), in samewerking...
  • 06/12/2018
  • OSSEOINTEGRATION GIVES AMPUTEES MORE FREEDOM
  • BIZCOMMUNITY In a first for South Africa, a 28-year-old patient with a previous trans-femoral amputation has received a successful osseointegration prosthetic limb implant. The surgery was performed by Professor Nando Ferreira, an orthopaedic...
  • 06/12/2018
  • OP-ED: WHERE IS SOUTH AFRICA'S HEALTHCARE HEADED?
  • BUSINESS REPORT It is a fascinating time for healthcare globally. Shifting demographics, cost pressures, policy changes, consumer ism, and rapid advances in technology will change the face of healthcare as we know it. South Africa has its own...
  • 05/12/2018
  • PLACING NEW NURSES GOING SMOOTHLY, SAYS GOVERNMENT
  • BUSINESS DAY A total 3,535 nurses qualified in 2018, of whom 3,470 have already been placed, MPs told. Virtually all SA’s newly qualified nurses have been placed in public sector posts for 2019, a senior health department official assured MPs on...
  • 02/12/2018
  • HEALTH TAKES TWO
  • CITY PRESS It is a relationship marred by distrust and allegations of a lack of transparency but it's going to take two to tango and both the private and public healthcare sectors working together to achieve "one of the most pressing global...
  • 01/12/2018
  • RELEASE OF HMI FINAL REPORT DELAYED TO MARCH NEXT YEAR
  • MEDBRIEF AFRICA The Health Market Inquiry’s (HMI) final report and recommendations on the private healthcare sector have been delayed to 31 March next year. Confirming the postponement of the report that was scheduled to be released today,...
  • 30/11/2018
  • LETTER: NHI WILL DEPRIVE US OF CHOICE
  • BUSINESS DAY It is unsurprising that the latest National Health Insurance Bill is being rushed through the legislative process without adequate thought. The rush has little to do with meeting the healthcare needs of South Africans. Rather, the aim...
  • 30/11/2018
  • LETTER: NHI WILL DEPRIVE US OF CHOICE
  • BUSINESS DAY It is unsurprising that the latest National Health Insurance Bill is being rushed through the legislative process without adequate thought. The rush has little to do with meeting the healthcare needs of South Africans. Rather, the aim...
  • 30/11/2018
  • 'NIKS SINISTERS AAN PROSES VAN NGV'
  • SAKE24 Daar is geen ongerymdhede in die proses van die wetsontwerp oor nasionale gesondheidsversekering (NGV) nie, se dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, minister van gesondheid. Hy verwerp mediaberigte waarin bewerings van onreelmatighede uitgespreek is in...
  • 29/11/2018
  • PRESIDENT'S HEALTH BLUEPRINT PUT ON HOLD UNTIL JANUARY
  • BUSINESS DAY President Cyril Ramaphosa's ambitions of getting a blueprint for fixing SA’s health system in the next two weeks have hit a stumbling block. The Presidency has delayed the signing of this "health.com pact" until the end of January,...
  • 28/11/2018
  • DA TO SEEK LEGAL ADVICE ON CONTROVERSIAL NHI BILL
  • BUSINESS DAY The hotly contested bill paves the way for the establishment of a central fund that will purchase services on behalf of patients. The DA plans to seek legal advice on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, which is due to be...
  • 28/11/2018
  • CRITICS WILL DO ANYTHING TO STOP NHI BILL, SAYS HEALTH MINISTRY
  • IOL The Health Ministry has condemned those who have criticised the speed at which the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill is being processed, claiming they want to “delegitimise” the process. “We have no doubt that enemies of NHI will do...
  • 27/11/2018
  • NHI BILL EXPECTED TO BE PRESENTED TO CABINET TODAY
  • MED BRIEF AFRICA Civil societies have urgently called on government for proper consideration of public comments on the NHI Bill which is expected to be presented to Cabinet today (27 November). In a joint statement the Treatment Action Campaign,...
  • 27/11/2018
  • NHI A POLITICAL PLAYTHING
  • BUSINESS DAY Health director general Precious Matsoso broke ranks in truly remarkable fashion last week when she accused President Cyril Ramaphosa's adviser, Olive Shisana, of sidelining her in the development of the National Health Insurance (NHI)...
  • 27/11/2018
  • NHI BILL BEING PUSHED FOR ELECTIONS?
  • HEALTH-E NEWS The Presidency and Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi seem intent on pushing the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill through Parliament before next year’s election despite major unanswered questions. The revised NHI Bill was...
  • 27/11/2018
  • CONTESTED NHI BILL ON ITS WAY TO CABINET, PRESIDENCY CONFIRMS
  • BUSINESS DAY Civil society groups have called on the cabinet to send the NHI bill back to the department of health and require a more thorough consultation process The fiercely contested National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill will be tabled before...
  • 25/11/2018
  • SÓ ‘BOELIE’ MEDIESE FONDSE DOKTERS, PASIËNTE
  • NETWERK24 Mediese spesialiste het die strydbyl opgeneem teen Discovery en Gems. Die Suid-Afrikaanse Private Praktisynsforum (SAPPF), wat sowat 3 500 spesialiste verteenwoordig, het ’n lys van 21 000 gevalle – waar dié twee fondse glo pasiënte...
  • 23/11/2018
  • EXCLUSIVE: HEALTH DG KEPT IN THE DARK ON REVISIONS TO NHI BILL
  • BUSINESS DAY In a hard-hitting interview director-general Precious Matsoso says she last saw a copy of the draft bill in June. Health director-general Precious Matsoso says she has been completely side-lined by presidential adviser Olive Shisana...
  • 22/11/2018
  • NGV-WET: ‘DIS GOED DAT TESOURIE SE BRIEF LEK’
  • NETWERK24 Dit is ’n goeie ding dat die verdoemende brief van die nasionale tesourie oor die nuwe weergawe van die Wetsontwerp op Nasionale Gesondheidsversekering (NGV) uitgelek het. Dit is van die kommentaar van die private sektor oor die sterk...
  • 21/11/2018
  • HEALTH DEPT AND TREASURY BATTLE BEHIND THE SCENES OVER NHI BILL
  • MEDICAL BRIEF Presidential adviser Dr Olive Shisana and Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi appear to have side-lined senior Health Department and Treasury officials in preparing a new version of the National Health Insurance Bill for submission...
  • 20/11/2018
  • NETCARE: DOKTERS VOLG NOU MEER DIE REËLS OOR OPNAMES
  • NETWERK24 Netcare het drasties minder pasiënte in die drie maande tot einde September in sy hospitale gehad weens minder opnames vir longontsteking en brongitis. Jacques du Plessis, besturende direkteur van Netcare se hospitale in Suid-Afrika,...
  • 20/11/2018
  • NETCARE INTEGRATES MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  • IOL Private hospital group Netcare said yesterday that the surge in mental illness in the country would add to its bottom line through its recently concluded R1.3 billion acquisition of Akeso Clinics, a chain of psychiatric health care...
  • 19/11/2018
  • NETCARE TO BOOST LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE AFTER UK EXIT
  • FIN24 Private hospital group Netcare [JSE:NTC] says it has set aside R1.6bn on expansion projects in the country for 2019, with upgrades for Milpark Hospital and St Augustine's. Capital expenditure of approximately R600m would include the...
  • 16/11/2018
  • MEDICLINIC MOVES TO CUT SWISS LOSSES
  • BUSINESS DAY Mediclinic, which owns and operates hospitals and medical facilities in SA, says it is taking steps to improve the financial performance of Swiss subsidiary Hirslanden, whose woes dominated the company's first half performance. In...
  • 16/11/2018
  • EXIT WOES HURT UK EXPOSED STOCKS
  • BUSINESS DAY The JSE pushed higher on Thursday, as Brexit turmoil put pressure on markets in Europe, even as investor sentiment towards emerging markets was lifted somewhat The all share closed 0.28% higher at 52,146 points and the top 40 up 0.27%....
  • 16/11/2018
  • MIN GRIEP GEE MEDICLINIC KOPSEER
  • NETWERK24 SAKE 24 Dis dalk goeie nuus vir pasiente dat daar vanjaar nie groot griep of bronchitis epidemies in die winter was nie, maar dit was deel van die skeelhoofpyn wat Mediclinic International die afgelope ses maande ontwikkel het. Die...
  • 16/11/2018
  • MEDICLINIC FALLS AFTER IMPAIRING SWISS OPERATION
  • INCECONNECT The private hospitals group says regulatory changes are significantly impacting the healthcare market in Switzerland and all operators are affected. Mediclinic has slumped into a loss after it wrote down the value of its investment...
  • 16/11/2018
  • SWISS HEALTHCARE TARIFFS HURT MEDICLINIC
  • BUSINESS REPORT Swiss healthcare tariffs hurt Mediclinic Share price declines 5% after poor performance by Hirslanden subsidiary drags down group's interim results. The share price of private health care group Mediclinic International declined...
  • 15/11/2018
  • LEAKED TREASURY LETTER SHOWS GOVERNMENT RIFTS OVER NHI
  • DAILY MAVERICK A leaked letter and its annexure specify a number of ‘major problem areas’ and legal concerns with the current version of the National Health Insurance Bill. Presidential Adviser Dr Olive Shisana and Minister of Health Dr Aaron...
  • 15/11/2018
  • SWISS PROBLEMS RESULT IN A HUGE KNOCK FOR MEDICLINIC
  • BUSINESS DAY Mediclinic's Swiss subsidiary Hirslanden plunged into an operating loss of £54m from an operating profit of £72m Private hospital group Mediclinic's net loss increased fourfold to £158m in the first half of its 2019 financial year...
  • 14/11/2018
  • MEDICAL FRAUD STILL THEMOST PERVASIVE TYPE OF FRAUD IN SA
  • RISK AFRICA Medical aids lost at least R15-20bn of total private healthcare industry spend to fraud last year, with the Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa reporting about 10-15% of all claims as fraudulent, abusive or...
  • 13/11/2018
  • GLOBAL CONCERNS OVER PREVALENCE OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE
  • IOL One of the main causes of antibiotic resistance is overusing antibiotics and prescribing them inappropriately. With this World Antibiotic Awareness Week, experts have raised their concern over the persistent overuse and misuse of antibiotics...
  • 13/11/2018
  • MEDICLINIC’S SWISS DIAGNOSTICS ARE POOR
  • MONEYWEB Mediclinic management is bullish about the group's operations in the Middle East, but has a few regulatory hurdles to overcome in Switzerland. Picture: Supplied Mediclinic management is bullish about the group's operations in the Middle...
  • 11/11/2018
  • MEDICAL AID PRICE INCREASES WILL HURT CONSUMERS
  • IOL Cash-strapped consumers will have to fork out more, up to 10%, for their medical aid schemes from January. On the back of multiple price hikes from petrol to VAT, consumers are now faced with higher premiums. More than 8 million South...
  • 11/11/2018
  • ‘SÓ SAL JY 15% MEER HOES VIR MEDIES’
  • NETWERK24 Siekefonds-premies vir almal ouer as 34 kan onmiddellik met minstens 15% styg as die regering deurdruk met beplande wetswysigings. Die Wysigingswetsontwerp op Mediese Skemas kan mediese fondse knak, waarsku kenners. Só waarsku van die...
  • 08/11/2018
  • HEALTH DEPARTMENT CHANGES TACK TO WOO PRIVATE-SECTOR DOCTORS
  • BUSINESS DAY State looks at ways to lure more general practitioners to provide their services under the National Health Insurance The health department is looking for new ways to entice private-sector general practitioners (GPs) to provide their...
  • 08/11/2018
  • SÓ KAN MEDIESE FONDSE R20 MJD. SPAAR
  • NETWERK24 Mediese fondse kan gesamentlik tot R20 miljard per jaar minder op eise uitgee as hulle die Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) se voorbeeld met sy nuutste opsie volg, meen dr. Guni Goolab, hoofbeampte. Hy het vandeesweek gesê...
  • 08/11/2018
  • HEALTH DEPARTMENT CHANGES TACK TO WOO PRIVATE-SECTOR DOCTORS
  • BUSINESS DAY State looks at ways to lure more general practitioners to provide their services under the National Health Insurance. The health department is looking for new ways to entice private-sector general practitioners (GPs) to provide...
  • 07/11/2018
  • NHI ROLLOUT COULD BE DELAYED – MOTSOALEDI
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Gems principal officer Guni Goolab has expressed caution about the state’s plans to merge Gems with other medical schemes for public servants. The Public Servants Association (PSA) has welcomed a call by the Government...
  • 07/11/2018
  • SIX WAYS TO SAVE ON MEDICAL COSTS
  • MONEY MARKETING According to Stats SA’s 2017 General Household Survey, only 17 out of every 100 South Africans have medical insurance, which is the key that opens the door to private healthcare. Across the globe, the cost of healthcare continues to...
  • 06/11/2018
  • STATE MEDICAL SCHEME GEMS URGES CAUTION ON MERGER PLANS
  • BUSINESS DAY Changes should be discussed in Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council, principal officer says. The principal officer of the Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) has warned about the state’s plans to merge it with...
  • 06/11/2018
  • THE GEMS IS FINALLY ON TRACK TO MEET RESERVE REQUIREMENTS
  • BUSINESS DAY The Government Employees Medical Scheme is to have a 25% solvency ratio for the first time next year — 15 years after it was launched. The Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) expects to meet the regulator’s requirement to...
  • 06/11/2018
  • SUPERBUGS KILLED 33,000 EUROPEANS IN 2015: STUDY
  • ENCA Drug-resistant bacteria killed more than 33,000 people in the European Union in 2015, according to new research published this week warning that superbugs were "threatening modern healthcare." In a study published in the journal The Lancet...
  • 05/11/2018
  • GEMS OPPOSITION TO MERGING WITH OTHER SCHEMES
  • MEDICAL BRIEF The principal officer of the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) has warned against the state’s plans to merge it with other schemes for public servants, saying consolidation will require careful planning and consultation with...
  • 03/11/2018
  • NHI ROLL-OUT ENVISAGED IN STAGES
  • SATURDAY WEEKEND ARGUS The World Health Organisation has advised the Department of Health not to focus on the cost of universal health coverage but to implement it in manageable phases, starting with providing services to the most vulnerable...
  • 24/10/2018
  • ON THE MEDICAL SCHEMES AMENDMENT AND NHI BILLS
  • POLITICS WEB Charles Simkins writes that despite the problems raised, govt seems determined to press ahead with scheme. INTRODUCTION The National Health Insurance Green Paper was published in August 2011. A White Paper followed in December...
  • 11/10/2018
  • HASA ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS
  • E-HEALTH NEWS The Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) has announced its new Board of Directors. They were elected at HASA’s Annual General Meeting on 2nd October 2018. The HASA Board of Directors Chairman is Dr Biren Valodia, the Chief...
  • 07/10/2018
  • BIG HOSPITALS REJECT BREAK-UP IDEA
  • BUSINESS TIMES South Africa’s largest hospital groups have rejected proposals that they be broken up in order to lower healthcare costs, calling the idea drastic and “perhaps unconstitutional”. In a bid to aid transformation and enhance competition...
  • 04/10/2018
  • SCHEME ADDS BENEFITS FOR 2019
  • BUSINESS DAY Bonitas announced a weighted increase of 8.9% for 2019 despite a challenging year for the healthcare industry, against a backdrop of uncertainty around the NHI, the recent Health Market Inquiry and current tough economic conditions...
  • 04/10/2018
  • WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING
  • BUSINESS REPORT As medical schemes, members and employers brace for the 2019 financial year, they do so against the backdrop of a technical recession, a VAT increase, petrol price increases and marginal legislative space to innovate. In what is...
  • 04/10/2018
  • NHI DEBATE IS STUCK IN THE WEEDS
  • BIZCOMMUNITY The National Health Insurance (NHI) is not a radical shift to dismantle a functioning system, but an opportunity to review two poorly functioning ones. The public sector sees very high volumes of patients but gives them bad service and...
  • 04/10/2018
  • GIVING MEMBERS MORE TRANSPARENCY AND CONTROL
  • BUSINESS DAY They want a say over what their cover should be and how benefits are used, writes Alf James. In a first for the medical scheme industry, Fedhealth has announced its 2019 benefit options, which feature a revolutionary new approach to...
  • 04/10/2018
  • MUCH CAN BE DONE TO CUT COSTS
  • BUSINESS DAY Costs relating to medicines and consumables represent a substantial portion of healthcare expenditure in the private and public healthcare sectors. However, there are a number of areas in which meaningful savings can be achieved,...
  • 04/10/2018
  • ASSOCIATION CALLS FOR `CODESA' FOR NHI ISSUES
  • BUSINESS DAY The South African Medical Association Sama says the National Health Insurance NHI Bill and other parallel reform process do not seem to have the interests of health providers at heart. In its September 2018 submission to the...
  • 04/10/2018
  • HIV POSITIVE MOM'S LIVER TRANSPLANTED INTO HIV NEGATIVE CHILD
  • IOL In what is believed to be the first in the world, researchers at Wits University have transplanted a liver from an HIV positive mother to her HIV negative child. The child, who at the time of the transplant was 13-months-old, and her mother...
  • 03/10/2018
  • MEDICAL AID INCREASES WILL BE ‘WELL ABOVE INFLATION’
  • MEDICAL BRIEF Medical aid increases well above inflation are expected to hit members in 2019. Business Tech reports that according to data from medical aid companies, the industry generally follows the guideline of CPI+3% when determining price...
  • 02/10/2018
  • 3 GROOT HOSPITALE IS NIE SÓ MONSTERAGTIG – KENNER
  • NETWERK24 Daar is groot gebreke in die data wat vir die markondersoek na private gesondheidsorg gebruik is. Die bevindings van die paneel en aanbevelings wat gedoen word, moet dus hersien word. Dit het Anthony Norton, direkteur van die...
  • 01/10/2018
  • ONS WIL NIE PRIVATE GESONDHEIDSORG VERNIETIG – MINISTER
  • NETWERK24 Daar is geen plan om van private gesondheidsorg in Suid-Afrika ontslae te raak nie. “Niemand beplan om private gesondheidsorg te vernietig nie. Daar bestaan nie so ’n plan nie.” het dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, minister van gesondheid,...
  • 30/09/2018
  • A NURSING PLAN TO CURE JOBLESSNESS
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE A proposal to train and employ 50,000 new nurses will be one of the flagship projects on the table at the government's Jobs Summit that will be held in Midrand this week. The two-day initiative is looking for solutions to SA's...
  • 27/09/2018
  • FREE STATE AND NORTH WEST: JOIN THE HEALTHCARE DOTS, MR PRESIDENT
  • DAILY MAVERICK We listened carefully to your stimulus package announcement last week and we welcome your commitments, among others, to fill more than 2,000 critical vacancies in the health system and buy hospital beds and linen. This is good news....
  • 27/09/2018
  • HAVE YOUR SAY ON SA'S PRIVATE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY
  • NEWS24.COM The following article was written by Spotlight, a media publication monitoring health issues in SA, published by SECTION27 and the Treatment Action Campaign. Medical schemes and private hospitals have over the last four years been...
  • 27/09/2018
  • BONITAS ANNOUNCES 8.9% INCREASE WITH ADDED BENEFITS
  • MONEY MARKETING Women’s health, men’s health, chronic disease management, innovative plans, catching criminals and a digital revamp – Bonitas reflects on 2018 and launches its 2019 plans and strategy Bonitas Medical Fund (Bonitas) announced a...
  • 27/09/2018
  • A LOYALTY PROGRAMME FOR MEDICAL AIDS
  • IOL Medical scheme Medshield is planning to introduce a loyalty programme that will attract young members in a competitive environment as the company hikes contributions by 14.3% for 2019. Speaking at the company’s headquarters in Johannesburg,...
  • 27/09/2018
  • THE DOOMED NHI BILL
  • POLITICS WEB In a similar vein to the land reform debate in South Africa, health reform is also filled with populist rhetoric, seemingly in the lead up to the 2019 national elections. In February 2018, President Ramaphosa singled out the urgency of...
  • 21/09/2018
  • COUNCIL SUGGESTS SINGLE MEDICAL SCHEME FOR PUBLIC SERVANTS
  • BUSINESS DAY The Council for Medical Schemes is proposing consolidation of all medical schemes for public servants into the Government Employees Medical Scheme GEMS in line with government policy on National Health Insurance. The proposal is...
  • 18/09/2018
  • INQUIRY'S REPORT ON HEALTH-CARE MARKET DELAYED AGAIN
  • BUSINESS DAY The original deadline for the release of the Competition Commission’s final report was November 2015, but it has been repeatedly delayed The Competition Commission’s long-running health market inquiry has announced yet another delay...
  • 18/09/2018
  • 'FEWER PEOPLE WILL AFFORD MEDICAL AID'
  • IOL AfroCentric Investment Corporation chief executive Antoine van Buuren yesterday said that the biggest challenge in healthcare was the affordability of medical aid. Van Buuren said fewer people would be able to afford medical aid, as the...
  • 18/09/2018
  • THE PROGRESSIVE CASE FOR DELAYING NHI
  • DAILY MAVERICK With a wave of populism and an election around the corner, there is a risk that we will not navigate the tricky waters ahead with sufficient care and end up blundering into dead ends or running those still functioning parts of our...
  • 14/09/2018
  • SIEKEFONDSE GAAN JOU WURG IN '19
  • DIE BURGER, BEELD, VOLKSBLAD Na verlede jaar se blaaskans van vorige jare se skerp premiever hogings, moet lede van mediese fondse hulle vanjaar staal te oor deel na Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS) se verhoging van gemiddeld 9,2%. DHMS...
  • 10/09/2018
  • MEDICINE MAKERS AWAIT PRICE HIKE DECISION
  • BUSINESS DAY Pharmaceutical manufacturers are anxiously waiting for health minister Aaron Motsoaledi to make a decision on their request for an extra price increase on medicines to compensate for the rand’s slide, after an advisory committee...
  • 10/09/2018
  • FINDINGS OF PRIVATE HEALTH INQUIRY TO BE DUMPED?
  • DAILY MAVERICK There is a risk that the Health Market Inquiry’s recommendations on the private health sector will be disregarded by government as they do not align with the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, warn health activists. But are the...
  • 06/09/2018
  • New bill wants to introduce 24/7 clinics in South Africa
  • The EFF has tabled a private member’s bill in parliament, aiming to make it mandatory for public sector clinics to remain open 24 hours a day. An attached explanatory memorandum highlighted that health service challenges are not limited to...
  • 06/09/2018
  • It’s a stick-up. Your money or your health!
  • Opinion: The Health Market Inquiry report has been published at a rare moment of opportunity for a new dawn in health reform in South Africa. In the context of a crisis in the public and private health systems, it is the time for active...
  • 06/09/2018
  • Medical aid members over estimate cover or overspend on plans
  • Medical Aid Members commonly believe they have cover which they don't, while often spending far more on a plan than necessary, according to the 2018 GTC Medical Aid survey of benefit and cost comparisons. A recurring theme in the research was a...
  • 05/09/2018
  • Sasa, discovery health roll out event-based contract model
  • BIZCOMMUNITY An alternative reimbursement model has been launched that will benefit patients and encourage best practice among clinicians in the private healthcare sector. With the event-based contract (EBC) model, a medical aid can make a...
  • 05/09/2018
  • Govt control will make SA healtcare worse, not better
  • MEDICAL BRIEF While it is not surprising that the SA Federation of Trade Unions has an issue with a private system of healthcare, it is incorrect to call it a “racialised” system, writes Marius Roodt, a campaign manager at the Institute of Race...
  • 04/09/2018
  • Discovery's emerging business pay off
  • BUSINESS DAY Discovery saw all of its emerging businesses turn profitable for the full year to June as the group positions itself as a global financial services player. The emerging businesses, which comprise Discovery Insure, the global...
  • 03/09/2018
  • Private healthcare industry needs to change
  • BIZCOMMUNITY The "startling costs" of South African private healthcare is at the heart of the Competition Commission's Health Market Inquiry (HMI) draft report released in July. While cost is a key theme, the report also describes a sector lacking...
  • 03/09/2018
  • NHI won't benefit citizen
  • RANDFONTEIN HERALD Government’s proposals will allegedly have dire consequences for all citizens, regardless of whether they rely on private or public health services. Even though South Africans are entitled to decent levels of healthcare, the...
  • 02/09/2018
  • NHI will 'nationalise' healthcare - Free Market Foundation
  • MEDICAL PLAN ADVICE The Free Market Foundation is an independent public benefit organisation. It started in 1975 and fosters the rule of law, liberty for all and an open society. It seems as though the NHI isn’t about liberty for all. The Free...
  • 01/09/2018
  • BREAKING DOWN THE HEALTH MARKET INQUIRY
  • MEDICAL CHRONICLE A little over four years after it was first started in 2014, the Health Market Inquiry finally released its provisional report. But, these remain recommendations and are not binding. As such the Minister of Health may accept all...
  • 31/08/2018
  • Slow growth halts advanced health's plans
  • BUSINESS DAY Advanced Health puts expansion on ice and will revisit empowerment when it posts no loss Advanced Health has shelved plans to bring in an empowerment partner -at least until it breaks even, the day surgery group’s CEO, Carl...
  • 31/08/2018
  • Medical schemes and the NHI: A complementary relationshop
  • BUSINESS MEDIA MAG While the NHI remains a work in progress in terms of policy and planning, medical aid members and schemes worry about the future. For now, at least not any time soon, nothing will change. As a 2017 NHI White Paper stipulates:...
  • 30/08/2018
  • NHI will devastate private healthcare
  • The latest report from the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) is a detailed critique of the government's proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) system. It argues that while South Africa's deeply deficient public health service is in desperate need...
  • 24/08/2018
  • Everyone will be covered by NHI by 2025
  • FIN24 All South Africans will be covered by the National Health Insurance (NHI) by 2025, which will begin in a phased approach from 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa told healthcare sector representatives on Friday. He urged health professionals...
  • 24/08/2018
  • NHI is about social justice...it must work - Ramaphosa
  • CITY PRESS If South Africa is to successfully pull off the National Health Insurance (NHI) initiative it’s going to take a collective, concerted effort from all stakeholders. This was said by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has thrown his weight...
  • 23/08/2018
  • Alternatives to the NHI
  • MED BRIEF AFRICA The Department of Health’s Dr Anban Pillay has slammed the Free Market Foundation (FMF) for criticising the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill and has requested that we submit reasons why we believe the government’s proposed...
  • 22/08/2018
  • Opinion: Competition law overhaul could ignite economy
  • IOL Suggested amendments to competition policy could, if adopted and implemented, revitalise black economic empowerment and the small business sector and set the country on a remarkable growth trajectory. Minister Ebrahim Patel’s Economic...
  • 22/08/2018
  • Tough talk by practitioners inadequacies of NHI
  • PRETORIA NEWS The National Health Insurance (NHI) was not designed to work; instead, it was an aspirational proposal nobody really had to deliver on, but just keep promising endlessly into the future. And if implemented, both the private and...
  • 22/08/2018
  • NGV krisisberaad lei Solidariteit beroepsgilde in
  • SOLIDARITEIT Die konsepwetgewing vir die Nasionale Gesondheidsversekering (NGV) het sedert dit in Julie bekend gestel is groot kommer oor die toekoms van gesondheidsorg in Suid-Afrika onder praktisyns, ekonome en gewone burgers gewek. Die kommer...
  • 21/08/2018
  • 'NHI will devastate private healthcare' - IRR Report
  • IOL The proposed National Health Insurance aims to provide health care for all South Africans. The latest report from the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) argues that while South Africa’s deeply deficient public health service is in desperate...
  • 27/07/2018
  • Healthcare needs rules
  • THE CITIZEN If a service is provided by a company rather than government, this does not automatically mean a market is at work. The point is obvious but has passed by many in South Africa. Private provision of services is moving into the...
  • 26/07/2018
  • What happens when Motsoaledi's plan becomes a reality?
  • FIN24.COM The national department of health recently took a swipe at medical schemes’ use of brokers to realise membership growth in a stagnant industry. Medical brokers were paid R2.2bn in 2017, according to the department. “Almost two-thirds...
  • 26/07/2018
  • NHI pilot project fails at Elim District Hospital - DA Limpopo
  • Today, the DA conducted an oversight inspection at the Elim District Hospital in Limpopo. The health facility was administered under the failed National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot project in the Vhembe District. The challenges at the Elim...
  • 26/07/2018
  • Why SA needs to discipline the private healthcare industry
  • THE CONVERSATION If a service is provided by a company rather than government, this does not automatically mean a market is at work. The point is fairly obvious but has passed many in South Africa by. Private provision of services is moving...
  • 26/07/2018
  • Gratis gesondheidsorg peperduur vir belastingbetalers
  • SOLIDARITY Die vakbond Solidariteit het vandag sy kommer uitgespreek oor die geweldige negatiewe impak wat die voorgestelde Nasionale Gesondheidsversekering (NGV) op belastingbetalers sal hê. Volgens Morné Malan, ʼn navorser verbonde aan die...
  • 26/07/2018
  • Medical aid: Yes, it's complicated
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE The Competition Commission does not prove collusion between Discovery Health, MMI and Mediclinic but implies that cross-ownership enhances their scope for price fixing Investors would do well to take note of the health market...
  • 26/07/2018
  • Yes, It's complicated
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Investors would do well to take note of the Health Market Inquiry’s provisional report on why medical aid prices keep rising while benefits decrease. The Competition Commission report may not bode well for the consumer but it notes...
  • 25/07/2018
  • Bonitas announces best financial results in 35-year history
  • BIZCOMMUNITY Bonitas Medical Fund (the Scheme) reported a solid surplus of R730.20 million for 2017, recouping the R16.9 million deficit from 2016. Gerhard van Emmenis, Principal Officer of Bonitas, says, "2017 was an exceptional year for us in...
  • 25/07/2018
  • Looming disaster on NHI
  • BOLANDER If you listen to Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi talking about the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, you could be forgiven for believing that it will be the panacea to all of our healthcare ills. The illusion that is created...
  • 25/07/2018
  • Medical aid market can be a 'complicated space' to navigate
  • MONEY MARKETING The GTC 2018 Medical Aid Survey (MAS) analyses and rates medical aid schemes according to a standardised comparison and ranks the choices available to members. When analysed purely in terms of premiums – the survey’s micro...
  • 25/07/2018
  • Mediclinic disagrees with inquiry over cometition
  • BUSINESS DAY Mediclinic disagrees with inquiry over competition Tamar Kahn Private hospital group Mediclinic has taken issue with the health market inquiry's concerns about market concentration in the sector and its call for submissions on possible...
  • 25/07/2018
  • Mediclinic challenges accuracy of HMI data
  • MEDICAL BRIEF Private hospital group Mediclinic has taken issue with the Health Market Inquiry’s preliminary concern about market concentration in the sector, and its call for submissions on possible divestiture and a moratorium on issuing new...
  • 24/07/2018
  • Pharma's role in NHI
  • E-HEALTH NEWS The recent approval of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill shocked many in and out of the healthcare industry, but pharmaceutical organisations committed to increased pricing transparency will have a competitive edge as...
  • 24/07/2018
  • Mediclinic objects to HMI's remedies for market concentration
  • BUSINESS LIVE Private hospital group Mediclinic has taken issue with the health market inquiry’s preliminary concern about market concentration in the sector, and its call for submissions on possible divestiture and a moratorium on issuing new...
  • 24/07/2018
  • Mediclinic says profitability due to efficiencies, not dominance
  • THE CITIZEN Mediclinic's Roly Buys disagrees with the finding that it is one of the three dominant players, and says there is robust competition between all hospital groups. Mediclinic Southern Africa has defended its private hospital business,...
  • 23/07/2018
  • Discovery expands into banking
  • Daily Dispatch Adrian Gore's Discovery has enjoyed rapid growth since its inception some 26 years ago, broadening its product offering beyond medical aid into insurance and financial products and, this year, banking. The company's diversification...
  • 23/07/2018
  • Mediclinic kap verslag oor lisensies vir hospitale
  • NETWERK24 Die markondersoek het bevind die gesamentlike markaandeel van die drie nasionale hospitaalgroepe beloop 83% van die beddens en 90% van die opnames. Die internasionale hospitaalgroep Mediclinic stem nie saam met die bevindinge van die...
  • 22/07/2018
  • Fix cost and quality of healthcare
  • CITY PRESS About a month ago, the department of health released the white paper on the National Health Insurance (NHI), which saw critics immediately going into overdrive, raising at least three issues. The first was that the NHI was a...
  • 22/07/2018
  • Health fix needed before NHI plan
  • SUNDAY TIMES The National Health Insurance (NHI) fund is set to shake up South Africa's healthcare sector but experts caution that it will not be a success if South Africa does not first resolve existing problems. The country's public...
  • 15/06/2018
  • Review NHI, urge 99 medical professionals
  • PRETORIA NEWS A new group made up of health professionals and academics is piling pressure on Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi ahead of the introduction of the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. The 99 individuals on the list - seen by...
  • 15/06/2018
  • 'Private healthcare heavily subsidised by public'
  • THE STAR In an interview, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi said that his biggest risk in the implementation of NHI is fear and lack of political will on the part of the state. Khathu Mamaila: The health ombud paints a very gloomy picture of...
  • 14/06/2018
  • DA calls for public health inquiry
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE The party has asked Cyril Ramaphosa to set up a judicial commission to get to the bottom of challenges crippling the country’s system. The DA has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to establish a judicial commission of inquiry...
  • 14/06/2018
  • There are plenty of spanners in vast machinery of public health
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Fighting fires: Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi visits a health centre in Mmabatho in the North West, amid a National Health Education and Allied Workers Union strike in April. Some critics say public healthcare has deteriorated...
  • 13/06/2018
  • NHI Bill to be published for public comment
  • DOLPHIN COAST MAIL The Cabinet has announced it has approved the National Health Insurance NHI Bill of 2018 to be published in the Government Gazette for public comments. A key provision of the bill will be the establishment of an NHI fund to...
  • 13/06/2018
  • New leadership at generics and biosimilar medicines association
  • MEDICAL BRIEF Generic and Biosimilar Medicines of Southern Africa (GBMSA), formerly known as the National Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (NAPM), has appointed Erik Roos, CEO of Pharma Dynamics as vice chair to support the existing...
  • 13/06/2018
  • Healthcare: No need to reinvent the wheel
  • BUSINESS DAY Healthcare: no need to reinvent the wheel Johan Ferreira Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi presented proposals to shake up the medical aid industry to a cabinet committee in May. Among his submissions was a proposal to introduce...
  • 13/06/2018
  • Quality healtcare is the social bedrock of our society
  • AFRO VOICE The right to quality healthcare is fundamental to the physical and mental wellbeing of all individuals and is a necessary condition for the exercise of other human rights including the pursuit of a satisfactory standard of living....
  • 13/06/2018
  • NHI pilot projects has not worked
  • CAPE TALK The National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot project started in 2012 and is a system that is designed to pool funds to provide access to quality, affordable health care. It is part of government’s major health sector reforms and is being...
  • 11/06/2018
  • Cabinet approves an NHI bill that is thin on details
  • BUSINESS DAY Cabinet has approved the long-awaited National Health Insurance NHI Bill, the government's first and most crucial piece of legislation for implementing its goal of universal healthcare. NHI aims to provide healthcare to everyone...
  • 11/06/2018
  • NHI bill passed by cabinet
  • MED BRIEF AFRICA Cabinet has finally approved the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill to be published in the Government Gazette for public comment. According to a media statement issued by Cabinet over the weekend, the “Bill seeks to establish...
  • 08/06/2018
  • Editorial: NHI is no public health panacea
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE The public health system has been racked by one scandal after another. More than 144 state mental health patients died in the Life Esidimeni tragedy, over 200 people perished in the recent listeriosis outbreak and the lack of...
  • 08/06/2018
  • 'No crisis' at state hospital despite acute oncologist shortage
  • TIMES SELECT Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital is so desperate for radiation oncologists that CEO Gladys Bogoshi even asked journalists if they knew anyone who wanted to work for the government. At a media event yesterday, Bogoshi...
  • 01/06/2018
  • New policy to aid meds access in SA
  • CAPE ARGUS South Africa’s new policy to guide law reform on intellectual property rights will significantly improve access to medicines for South Africans, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said. Motsoaledi and his counterpart in trade and...
  • 31/05/2018
  • Health Market Inquiry provisional report delayed to June 2018
  • ENGINEERING NEWS The Competition Commission’s Health Market Inquiry (HMI) panel has decided to delay the release of its provisional findings and recommendations report to June 28. This will afford HMI experts sufficient time to assess and...
  • 30/05/2018
  • NHI piloting progress applauded
  • AFRO VOICE The KwaZulu-Natal department of health has said that they are pleased with the progress made in the three districts piloting the National Health Insurance NHI scheme. This follows a visit to the Zululand district by health MEC Dr...
  • 30/05/2018
  • 49 doctors without work in NHI pilot programme
  • DAILY DISPATCH Forty-nine unemployed doctors are said to be feeling let down by the provincial department of health, saying they have not worked for two months in the national health insurance NHI pilot programme. The pilot programme, to be run in...
  • 30/05/2018
  • Timing of Motsoaledi's medical scheme plans raises questions
  • VISION MAGAZINE On Thursday, 24 May, Cabinet approved the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill for publication in the government gazette. Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane told the media that the Bill aimed to align the National Health...
  • 29/05/2018
  • Health Market Inquiry report postponed again!
  • MEDBRIEF AFRICA The eagerly-awaited release of the Competition Commission’s Health Market Inquiry’s Provisional Findings and Recommendations Report has been postponed again. The release of the report was initially scheduled for August 2016, two...
  • 10/05/2018
  • Adverse side effects
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Discovery’s shareholders have every reason to smile. The stock is up 27 percent over the past year, on a spectacular 62 percent run in 2017, as the insurance group’s myriad new business ventures here and abroad bear fruit....
  • 08/05/2018
  • What the POPI Act means for medical aids schemes
  • BIZCOMMUNITY When implemented, the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act will fundamentally change the way personal data is managed. Corporate South Africa, including medical aid schemes, insurance brokers, financial advisors, marketers and...
  • 04/05/2018
  • Situation in North West remains desperate
  • HEALTH-E NEWS Doctors reporting for duty at Tshepong Hospital in North West on Thursday morning had to be escorted into the facility by police after striking workers blockaded the premises, turning patients and workers way. A doctor who spoke on...
  • 04/05/2018
  • Clicks chief sets example with staff health plan
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Clicks CEO David Kneale has urged South African retailers to do more to provide health cover for their lower-paid workers, arguing this will raise productivity and improve staff retention. Only 8.87-million people belonged to...
  • 03/05/2018
  • Basic health cover plans differ on benefits offered
  • SOWETAN Healthcare plans that promise access to private doctors for out of hospital needs offer a broad range of benefits, making it difficult to identify those that offer value for money. As medical scheme membership is expensive, providers...
  • 02/05/2018
  • Life healthcare expects revenue to surge up to 18.5%
  • IOL Life Healthcare shares shot up 2.45% in early trade on the JSE on Monday after the group said it expected its revenue to increase by between 16.5% and 18.5% in the six months to the end of March, largely because of the inclusion of Alliance...
  • 30/04/2018
  • Health Market Inquiry postpones release of report
  • BIZCOMMUNITY The Competition Commission has announced the postponement of the Provisional Findings and Recommendation Report into the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) to the end of May. “The Health Market Inquiry (HMI) has postponed the publication...
  • 30/04/2018
  • Life heathcare's shares rise after upbeat trading update
  • BUSINESS LIVE Life Healthcare’s share price rose 2.45% to R29.71 on Monday morning after it said it expected to report its basic earnings more than quadrupled. The private hospital group said it expected to report on June 1 that its basic...
  • 29/04/2018
  • Verslag oor private gesondheidsorg kom eers 31 Mei
  • SAKE Die Mededingingskommissie sê hy het die publisering van sy verslag oor private gesondheidsorg met 'n maand uitgestel in belang van billikheid en die integriteit van die proses. Die verslag oor die markondersoek na die private...
  • 29/04/2018
  • Medical aid schemes set to shrink when NHI kicks in
  • SUNDAY TIMES Futurist Peter Diamandis has predicted that by 2025 the planet will have 8 billion hyper connected humans. The Internet of Things will have exploded to over 100 billion connected devices and the global healthcare industry and its...
  • 19/04/2018
  • Clicks to invest R200 million in its stores
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Capital expenditure to hit record levels as health and beauty retailer seeks greater volumes to offset moderating rate of inflation Retail and healthcare group Clicks is targeting earnings growth of between 12% and 17% for the...
  • 19/04/2018
  • Medical scheme body presses on with consolidations draft plan
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE The Council for Medical Schemes expects to finalise a draft consultative framework on consolidating the medical schemes industry within two months, acting CEO Sipho Kabane says. Industry consolidation is in line with government...
  • 19/04/2018
  • Mediclinic shares climb after strong mideast showing
  • BUSINESS REPORT The share price of healthcare services group Mediclinic International climbed by 6.33 percent following a positive a trading update in which the company forecast better than expected results, with a significant second half...
  • 19/04/2018
  • Mediclinic nurses Al Noor back to health
  • INCECONNECT The private hospitals group says its Middle East division is entering a growth phase thanks to a significant improvement in Abu Dhabi Mediclinic has perked up on news that it expects to deliver year-end results ahead of expectations...
  • 18/04/2018
  • Mediclinic experts results marginally ahead of expectations
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - Mediclinic International [JSE:MEI] said on Wednesday it expects to deliver adjusted financial results for the year marginally ahead of expectations, with a significant second half improvement from the Middle East...
  • 18/04/2018
  • Mediclinic se inkomste uit SA hospitale styg
  • DIE BURGER (SAKE) Die hospitaalgroep Mediclinic se inkomste uit hospitale in Suider-Afrika gaan na verwagting met 5% tot R15,1 miljard styg in die boekjaar tot einde Maart. Mediclinic sê in ’n handelsoorsig die inkomste van sy hospitale in...
  • 18/04/2018
  • Mediclinic - 2018 full year trading update
  • MONEYWEB Mediclinic provided the following trading update ahead of the publication of the GroupÆs results for the year ended 31 March 2018 ("FY18") on 24 May 2018. The information on which this trading update is based represents the GroupÆs latest...
  • 18/04/2018
  • Mediclinic beats forecast
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Private hospital group Mediclinic International expects results for the year to March 31 to be slightly ahead of forecasts, thanks to a turnaround in its Abu Dhabi business and better than expected revenue growth in its southern...
  • 17/04/2018
  • Africa's growing healthcare insurance
  • BIZCOMMUNITY Rising levels of education, improving salaries and rapid urbanisation mean that health insurers and the private healthcare facilities they work with are commanding an increasing share of health services in Africa. These service...
  • 17/04/2018
  • Putting the health citizen first
  • E-HEALTH NEWS Managing Director at the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) of Southern Africa, Dr Katlego Mothudi, talks about putting the health citizen first in the delivery of universal health coverage (UHC) and what can be done to move beyond...
  • 15/04/2018
  • Healthcare firms and too-hot-to-handle global markets
  • BUSINESS TIMES When private hospital group Netcare announced a £2.2-billion (R38-billion) deal in 2006 to buy a controlling stake in the UK’s biggest private hospital group, General Healthcare Group, it confidently proclaimed that the transaction...
  • 12/04/2018
  • Putting the health citizen at the centre of UHC
  • BIZCOMMUNITY As healthcare systems worldwide evolve towards universal health coverage (UHC), there must be a move beyond technical policy evidence to an action plan driven by participation, collaboration and implementation, where the overarching...
  • 12/04/2018
  • Bitter pill for drug makers as fees hike nears under new
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Drug manufacturers will soon face a significant increase in the fees charged by SA’s new medicines regulator, as it moves to end an era in which firms enjoyed rates far below those levied in other countries. "We need to...
  • 12/04/2018
  • Free healthcare - can SA get it right?
  • KAYAFM In June last year cabinet issued a statement that the country was a step closer to finalising plans for access to free health care. Almost a year later and no further updates on the matter have been tabled. While some may argue that there is...
  • 11/04/2018
  • Nursing students locked out over protests
  • NEW AGE Students have been locked out at Ann Latsky Nursing College in Johannesburg for protesting over the non-delivery of books for their academic year, the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa Denosa said. The organisation's...
  • 11/04/2018
  • Vaccine 'still best guard against flu'
  • CAPE ARGUS When Stormers coach Robbie Fleck said the ranks of his team were dramatically thinned by a "hectic strain of flu", it prompted Netcare Travel Clinics and Medicross to say the influenza vaccine still offered the best protection. Dr Pete...
  • 11/04/2018
  • PMB provides 'a medical hub'
  • NEW AGE The upsurge in the number of private hospitals in the greater Pietermaritzburg area is likely to turn the city into a continental medical hub, says the local Chamber of Business. The chamber's chief executive officer, Melanie Veness,...
  • 06/04/2018
  • Data show sharp rise of cancers and chronic illnesses in SA
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Chronic diseases and cancers are becoming more prevalent in SA, data from insurer Discovery Health suggest. In 2017, the number of Discovery Health Medical Scheme members with at least one chronic condition rose 5.6% to...
  • 05/04/2018
  • Department denies shortage of nurses
  • DAILY SUN While the Limpopo Health Department says there's no shortage of nurses in the province, many qualified nurses are jobless. Over 108 qualified nurses who graduated from South African universities are struggling to find work, while...
  • 04/04/2018
  • SA's first health Tax - but will it work?
  • IOL Over the Easter weekend, South Africa became the first African country to impose an excise tax on sugary drinks, a move that has been welcomed by health experts but condemned as ‘nanny-ish’ by free marketers. The tax on sugary drinks, which...
  • 03/04/2018
  • Mediclinic announces its new Chief Executive
  • IOL Mediclinic International has named a new chief executive, Dr Ronnie van der Merwe, as a successor to the departing Danie Meintjes. Meintjes announced in July last year that he would be stepping down after serving as chief executive for eight...
  • 29/03/2018
  • Risk pooling in healthcare financing
  • BUSINESS REPORT Risk pooling is traditionally viewed as an insurance function, where financial risk associated with health interventions for which the need is uncertain is equitably shared by the covered population. Within health insurance...
  • 27/03/2018
  • Medical insurance is changing - for worse
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Insurance is a grudge purchase – a necessary expenditure most of us do not willingly make. However‚ all consumers of insurance need to take note of two events that happened in the last 12 months which are going to affect them...
  • 27/03/2018
  • Govt squeezing the life out of medical insurance
  • POLITICSWEB Jasson Urbach says SA consumers' options are being progressively limited through regulation How forcing medical schemes to cover 271 Prescribed Minimum Benefits raises the price of healthcare Drip by toxic drip, the South African...
  • 15/03/2018
  • New HIV infections down by 39% across SA
  • IOL New research says the country is making considerable progress in the fight against HIV/Aids, as new infections decreased by 39%. Research from the Institute for Race Relations (IRR) shows new HIV/Aids infections declined countrywide from...
  • 12/03/2018
  • VAT increase won't impact on medical aid contributions
  • BIZCOMMUNITY There has been much debate around the 1% value-added tax (VAT), its impact on consumers and just how this will affect the money left in their pockets at the end of the month. With the revised general fuel levy, it's clear that...
  • 09/03/2018
  • Healthcare workers are to be paid and to be kept on
  • REKORD Community healthcare CHW workers' jobs are no longer under threat. The Gauteng department of health confirmed this week that their services would not be terminated and that workers would be paid their stipends. The CHWs were not paid...
  • 09/03/2018
  • Shortage of 3 300 health inspectors countrywide
  • THE STAR Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has pledged to support the families of the 180 people who died of listeriosis if they proceed with legal action against the companies fingered in the outbreak of the food poisoning. Yesterday,...
  • 09/03/2018
  • Plan in the offering for medical students
  • THE MERCURY There may be some reprieve for South Africans who studied medicine overseas as a plan to accommodate them for training will be discussed next week. This comes after several graduates raised their concerns in light of a Health...
  • 08/03/2018
  • Tygerberg patients get life-saving surgery
  • NORTHERN NEWS Patients on Tygerberg Hospital patients are getting robot assisted prostate surgery thanks to a partnership between private and public hospitals. John Vraagom, who has stage2 prostate cancer, was the first of 10 state patients who...
  • 08/03/2018
  • Private hospital ready to combat 'Day Zero'
  • CONSTANTIABERG BULLETIN Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital and the Deputy Mayor of the Western Cape, Ian Nielsen, have opened up the first water filtration plant successfully installed at a private facility in the Western Cape, for consumption to...
  • 07/03/2018
  • Health practitioners assist recall
  • CAPE ARGUS The City of Cape Town's environmental health practitioners are set to assist with the recall of products following the national Department of Health's announcement that the source of the listeriosis outbreak has been identified. In...
  • 07/03/2018
  • Da Vinci turns surgery into art
  • TYGERBURGER Ten patients, all currently on Tygerberg Hospital's urology waiting list for urgent prostatectomy surgery, are benefiting from an ongoing relationship between Mediclinic and the Western Cape Department of Health. During the next few...
  • 06/03/2018
  • Resolution health’s solvency strengthened as membership grows
  • MONEY MARKETING Building on the gains of recent years Resolution Health Medical Scheme is poised to enter a new phase of growth and security, having attracted hundreds of new members since November last year in a largely stagnant medical schemes...
  • 06/03/2018
  • Medical inflation at lowest rate in six years
  • NEW AGE Medical inflation is at its lowest rate I in six years, says a new report. However, the figure is still relatively high at 10.5% as overall inflation measured by the Consumer Price Index in January is presently 4.4%. The Discovery...
  • 04/03/2018
  • Foreign trained doctors take on HPCSA
  • SAFRICA24 A growing number of medical students, parents, doctors and prominent legal figures have come out with guns blazing against a policy that makes it difficult for South Africans who studied medicine abroad to obtain Health Professions...
  • 02/03/2018
  • Cataract project launched
  • MARITZBURG SUN An innovative partnership driven by a civil society group has resulted in the city's private healthcare sector partnering with Northdale Hospital to help tackle the backlog of 6 000 patients needing eye surgery. The Active...
  • 01/03/2018
  • High-tech healthcare
  • DAILY SUN The provincial health department has partnered with Mediclinic to bring robotic surgery to patients in the Western Cape. Durbanville urologist Dr Gawie Bruwer will use the Da Vinci robot to perform surgical procedures on 10 prostate...
  • 01/03/2018
  • Da vinci brings cutting-edge surgery to hospitals
  • CAPE TIMES Da Vinci brings cutting-edge surgery to hospitals Staff Writer TEN patients on Tygerberg Hospital's urology waiting list will receive cutting-edge prostate surgery thanks to a partnership between Mediclinic and the provincial health...
  • 01/03/2018
  • Battling advanced health seeks empowerment partners
  • BUSINESS DAY Group Advanced Health is courting potential black economic empowerment (BEE) partners, as it sought to bolster its chances of doing business with the government, CEO Carl Grillenberger said on Thursday. “We are going to start...
  • 01/03/2018
  • Life Vincent Pallotti goes off the water grid
  • BIZCOMMUNITY Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital has opened its own water filtration plant, which meets the City of Cape Town and Department of Water and Sanitation's strict water crisis regulations. Life Healthcare engaged with officials from the...
  • 27/02/2018
  • Contradictions in SA’s health policies
  • IT ONLINE Governments are often tempted to obfuscate reality through populist promises. South Africa is no different in this regard, writes Michael Settas, a member of the Free Market Foundation’s Health Policy Unit. For 23 years, health policy...
  • 27/02/2018
  • Is NHI a healthy way to go?
  • DAILY NEWS In the face of divided public opinion, the much touted National Health Insurance NHI system looks set for full implementation in the coming years after the white paper gazetted by Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi in June 2017. The...
  • 27/02/2018
  • Medical schemes, from bad to worse?
  • BUSINESS ESSENTIALS Member satisfaction @ medical schemes… from bad to worse? Why? 2017 was the lowest SAsci score With premiums increasing well above inflation by approximately 10% each year, expectations around value for money in private...
  • 27/02/2018
  • The R256bn question: where is NHI going to get its money from?
  • BIZCOMMUNITY The idea behind National Health Insurance (NHI) is that it will operate as a single publicly financed and administered fund to which all South Africans will make compulsory contributions, based on their ability to pay. It would...
  • 25/01/2018
  • NHI - let us do it for Madiba
  • PRETORIA NEWS As the country celebrates 2018 as the year to honour Nelson Mandela, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi says the biggest tribute that the country can pay to Madiba would be to accelerate the implementation of the NHI The greatest...
  • 24/01/2018
  • Healthcare sector fraud on the rise
  • ENCA Medical aid schemes were defrauded to the tune of R10-billion in 2017 alone, the Board of Healthcare Funders said. The organisation said both professionals in the healthcare sector and members commit the offences. In 2017, R151-billion...
  • 22/01/2018
  • Anti-forces against nhi condemned
  • NEW AGE One would ask why there are anti-forces brewing brouhaha against the National Health Insurance (NHI) model which the government of the day through the Department of Health, intends to roll out to our people, especially the poorest of the...
  • 22/01/2018
  • Union stops its nurses from escorting patients
  • DAILY NEWS The provincial branch of the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) is stopping its members from escorting patients from one health care facility to another. The union said its members had been exploited and overworked for too...
  • 22/01/2018
  • Lifeline for Basson in recusal bid over bias
  • CAPE TIMES Cardiologist Dr Wouter Basson got a lifeline when the Supreme Court of Appeal ordered the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, to reconsider his application for the recusal of the chairperson and a committee member in his disciplinary...
  • 19/01/2018
  • A better approach to health care
  • THE STAR Dr Yogan Pillay from the Department of Health was not being truthful in his opinion piece, "Health of people key to economic health", published on January 11. The World Bank and World Health Organisation report did not indicate that South...
  • 19/01/2018
  • Why Netcare will not inject cash into UK business
  • BUSINESS DAY Private hospital group Netcare will not provide its UK business, BMI Healthcare, with a £20m injection and credit support, as the company has implemented a short-term arrangement with its lenders, Netcare says. BMI Healthcare, a...
  • 18/01/2018
  • Too expensive to practice medicine?
  • MEDICAL ACADEMIC A medical qualification is useless if you can’t afford to practice. The resultant emigration of healthcare professionals adds to SA’s doctor shortage – a situation which is placing the country’s entire healthcare system at...
  • 16/01/2018
  • 'Holiday's' for health on the up
  • CAPE ARGUS Medical tourism, with an estimated growth of between 15 percent and 25 percent each year globally, is an industry that tourism and medical entrepreneurs in South Africa can cash in on. This is according to Charnel Kara, tourism...
  • 14/01/2018
  • Finances plague nhi pilot project
  • CITY PRESS Finances plague NHI pilot project Doctors' and pharmacists' debit orders have been bouncing because they haven't received salaries The long-term viability of the National Health Insurance NHI system is in doubt because its pilot...
  • 11/01/2018
  • Health of people key to economic health
  • PRETORIA NEWS The recently launched World Bank and World Health Organisation WHO report on progress towards universal health coverage UHC suggests South Africa is on its way towards achieving universal health coverage, with its National Health...
  • 08/01/2018
  • Let us llay myths to rest and get on with healthcare provision
  • BIZCOMMUNITY At the Hospital Association of South Africa (Hasa) 2017 Conference last year, two private hospital chief executives and the head of the largest medical funder in the country laid to rest the myth that the private sector is implacably...
  • 31/08/2017
  • Private sector skills and resources cannot be lost to NHI
  • E-HEALTH NEWS The private sector has a wealth of expertise, processes and systems that can give the implementation of NHI in South Africa a major boost. Dr Clarence Mini from the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) of Southern Africa explains why...
  • 31/08/2017
  • NHI needs medical schemes to survive
  • FA NEWS The NHI white paper stipulates that until the National Health Insurance is fully implemented and matured, the role of medical schemes will not change. Director General of the Department of Health, Precious Matsoso says, ‘This doesn’t...
  • 31/08/2017
  • Aaron Motsoaledi takes flak over National Health Insurance
  • BUSINESS DAY Cosatu calls for axing of health minister, saying he is no longer in charge and private sector is dominating process. Trade union federation Cosatu accused Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Wednesday of attempting to water down...
  • 30/08/2017
  • Inquiry may call for body to track private healthcare quality
  • BUSINESS DAY The Competition Commission’s healthcare market inquiry is considering recommending that an independent body is established to monitor the quality of private healthcare services. Patients and medical schemes can shop around for the...
  • 30/08/2017
  • Aspen earnings return to health
  • BUSINESS DAY Aspen Pharmacare expects an improvement in earnings for the year to June following the devaluation of its Venezuelan business in the previous year, among other factors. On Wednesday, the company said the increase in earnings was...
  • 15/06/2017
  • Competition commission gets facts wrong about drug companies
  • BUSINESS DAY The Competition Commission is investigating Pfizer for charging excessive prices for a lung cancer drug that is not registered for sale in SA. On Tuesday‚ the commission stated it was investigating three pharmaceutical companies for...
  • 15/06/2017
  • Aspen loses Italy appeal over cancer drug prices
  • BUSSINESS DAY Africa’s biggest generic drug maker, Aspen Pharmacare, has lost its appeal against the €5.2m fine levied by the Italian Competition Authority over the price of some of its cancer drugs, a development that comes hard on the heels of...
  • 14/06/2017
  • Nurse shortage is worst for 20 years
  • IOL Hospitals are facing their worst nursing crisis in 20 years after a sudden drop in new arrivals from Europe, experts warn. Numbers coming from the EU have ‘crashed’ by 96 per cent in nine months. There were just 46 new registrations of...
  • 13/06/2017
  • Watchdog probes aspen for cancer drug pricing
  • BUSINESS DAY Africa’s biggest generic drug maker Aspen Pharmacare, already under investigation by European authorities over the price of its cancer drugs, is now under similar scrutiny from SA’s Competition Commission. On Tuesday, the commission...
  • 13/06/2017
  • Lawyers not the reason gynaes won’t deliver babies
  • MAIL AND GUARDIAN In a recent opinion piece for The Mail & Guardian, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi argued that the legal system has created perverse incentives for lawyers in the form of commission-based fees and that this is increasingly...
  • 13/06/2017
  • Teamwork can solve healthcare’s severe resource constraints
  • BUSINESS DAY The challenges facing the healthcare system are so immense that trying to describe them simply and then prescribing solutions is foolhardy. At the core of the challenge is the need for appropriate treatment and constant reflection...
  • 12/06/2017
  • COHSASA announces accreditation awards
  • EHEALTH NEW A COHSASA accreditation award means the healthcare organisations was scrutinised while it underwent a rigorous quality improvement programme. Healthcare facilities in Nigeria and Botswana, as well as in South Africa have been...
  • 12/06/2017
  • André Meyer steps down as life healthcare CEO
  • IOL Life Healthcare Group announced on Monday that André Meyer will step down as chief executive and as a member of the board with effect from 30 June after three years at the helm of the second largest private hospital operator in South Africa....
  • 11/06/2017
  • The effect of the new health cover regulations
  • PERSONAL FINANCE Regulations concerning choice of health insurance products, the benefits they offer, and the consumer-protection measures to which they must adhere, came into effect at the beginning of April. If you are using these products,...
  • 11/06/2017
  • Mercy op for severe keloids by world-renowned surgeon
  • IOL World-renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr Frank Graewe recently completed complicated surgery to remove severe keloids from a patient who has been unable to work for more than a year due to his condition. Aaron Hairundu, a patient...
  • 09/06/2017
  • South Africa last in healthcare efficiency study
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - South Africa was ranked last among 19 nations in a global survey that measured healthcare system efficiency – the ability to deliver maximum results at the lowest possible cost. The Future Health Index, commissioned by Dutch...
  • 02/06/2017
  • The real reason SA's doctors won't deliver your baby
  • MAIL AND GUARDIAN Medico-legal litigation has exploded. As of March 2016, claims against the health department from the previous five years stood at more than R37billion. By October that year, the figure had jumped to R51billion — or a third of the...
  • 02/06/2017
  • New regulator will also oversee medical devices
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Medical devices will now be regulated, with the newly established regulatory body, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra), replacing the Medicines Control Council (MCC) from yesterday. Medical devices and...
  • 02/06/2017
  • Day hospitals: the answer to rising health costs?
  • BIZCOMMUNITY South Africans are faced with the constant increases in the cost of living and an ailing economy, forcing consumers to cut down on spending across the board. For a small percentage of the population, healthcare costs are covered by...
  • 01/06/2017
  • Nurse shortage worsened by alarming bureaucratic bungling
  • MONEYWEB South Africa has a dire shortage of registered nurses, yet those wanting to enter the profession are now finding a closed door. The pipeline of registered nurses in South Africa has ‘paused’ – and hospitals and students are being...
  • 01/06/2017
  • Private health out of reach for many
  • MAIL AND GUARDIAN Discussions and debate are focused on state capture and its effect on the economy, but there is another beast eating away at productivity, hurting the economy and undermining our health system. South Africa is open for medical...
  • 01/06/2017
  • Henri van Breda gister in die hooggeregshof in Kaapstad
  • DIE BURGER Regter sal se of Henri slagoffer of verdagte was Jana Breytenbach Regter Siraj Desai sal vandag uitspraak lewer of die polisie Henri van Breda as 'n slagoffer of verdagte hanteer het op die dag toe hy sy verklaring aan hulle afgele het....
  • 01/06/2017
  • Mediclinic Paarl word groter
  • PAARL POST Mediclinic Paarl het onlangs begin met 'n bou en opgraderingsprojek aan die hospitaal. Die projek sal na raming ongeveer drie jaar duur en die eindresultaat behels 'n nuwe teaterkompleks, twee nuwe sale met meer privaatkamers en die...
  • 31/05/2017
  • Health-market inquiry under fire for 'lax fact checking'
  • BUSINESS DAY Independent economics consultancy Econex has criticised the Competition Commission’s health-market inquiry for sounding the alarm over the potentially anticompetitive effects of Remgro’s and Afrocentric’s interests in the private...
  • 31/05/2017
  • Van Breda had a beer before going to hospital
  • HERALD LIVE Henri van Breda had a beer with the family of his sister’s boyfriend before going to a hospital to have his wounds stitched. He says he sustained the injuries when an axe-wielding man murdered his family and attacked...
  • 31/05/2017
  • Henri was emotional after axe murders - uncle
  • NEWS24 Cape Town - Henri van Breda was emotional when his uncle saw him on the day his parents and brother were murdered, Andre du Toit testified in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday. Du Toit, Teresa van Breda’s older brother, said when...
  • 12/05/2017
  • Minister to hold networking session
  • TNA REPORTER Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and his MECs are today expected to hold a two-day media networking session on the National Health Insurance (NHI). This as the government prepares to push forward with the NHI fund that will help...
  • 11/05/2017
  • Healthcare funders happy to talk
  • BUSINESS DAY Director-general Precious Matsoso pleads with medical schemes and stakeholders to come up with innovative and inclusive ideas. The Department of Health has initiated dialogue with healthcare funders, which have complained about...
  • 11/05/2017
  • Climb-down on medical aids
  • THE TIMES The Department of Health has done a U-turn on its plan to scrap medical aid schemes, saying they should work with the state when it rolls out National Health Insurance instead. Department director-general Precious Matsoso met leaders...
  • 08/05/2017
  • Improved provider reimbursement models needed in SA
  • E-HEALTH NEWS The implementation and adoption of alternative models of provider reimbursement is crucial to the sustainability of the South African healthcare sector. The Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern African (BHF) has announced that...
  • 08/05/2017
  • Is 'all-in-one healthcare' a dream?
  • BHEKISISA Is getting all you need from one health team far fetched? Actually not. It's one field where the public health system beats the private one. Imagine walking into a primary healthcare clinic in the rural Eastern Cape where a nurse is...
  • 07/05/2017
  • Generic medicines could save SA millions
  • CITY PRESS South Africans often prefer branded medicine over generics, but the latest research from Mediscor shows that this is slowly changing, albeit not quickly enough. The research shows that last year about one in five prescriptions for...
  • 07/05/2017
  • Health shares ailing as costs cut growth
  • BUSINESS TIMES In uncertain times, investors turn towards defensive stocks such as healthcare, where prospects aren’t as dependent on the overall economic cycle as retail shares. However, it is an investment ethos that has recently provided little...
  • 05/05/2017
  • BHF weighs in on global fee debate
  • BIZCOMMUNITY Implementing and adopting alternative models of provider reimbursement are crucial to the sustainability of the healthcare sector. South African consumers have faced unavoidable medical scheme tariff increases far beyond inflation and,...
  • 27/04/2017
  • Medical Insurance: It’s easier to take the gap now
  • FINANCIAL MAIL The policies have their place, as some specialists in hospitals charge more than 500% of medical scheme rates The business of gap cover, which takes care of shortfalls in medical aid payments, was once seen as a rogue...
  • 27/04/2017
  • Act on costly private care
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Government continues to ignore much needed policy reform on private health care, adding strain to medical aids More than 50% of medical aid options in 2015 ran at a loss — spending more money on sick members than they earned in...
  • 27/04/2017
  • European shares fall as ECB stands pat, banks drop
  • MONEYWEB Pan-European benchmark index down 0.2%. MILAN – European shares fell from 20-month highs on Thursday as weaker banks weighed, with the broader market little moved by a widely expected European Central Bank decision to stand pat on...
  • 25/04/2017
  • Desperately seeking a viable healthcare payment system
  • BIZCOMMUNITY SOUTH Africa’s private healthcare sector is under severe pressure, particularly with rampant inflation tracking at rates higher than CPI, creating a system that will eventually, in the not too distant future, become unsustainable. In...
  • 25/04/2017
  • Medical scheme body told to give more details
  • BUSINESS DAY The Competition Tribunal has ordered the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) to submit further details and consolidate its case against the South African Medical Association (Sama) in a long battle over how specialists bill patients. The...
  • 25/04/2017
  • China eyes bigger Africa health role
  • BUSINESS DAY CHINA’S efforts to encourage its pharmaceutical firms to enter Africa and speed up the pace of technological transfer and pharmaceutical production have been welcomed by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. SA relies heavily on imported...
  • 24/04/2017
  • Aspen in competition commission price-fixing probe
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - Pharmaceutical firm Aspen Pharmacare [JSE:APN], which is under preliminary investigation for alleged anti-competitive behaviour, said it welcomes the process and the opportunity to set these allegations aside. In a company...
  • 31/03/2017
  • Inquiry move a blow to Motsoaledi
  • BUSINESS DAY The Competition Commission’s Health Market Inquiry has announced that it has not accepted a controversial report on private hospital prices commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) because it failed to provide the underlying...
  • 31/03/2017
  • Business Report special project: Council for Medical Schemes
  • BUSINESS REPORT/HEALTH NEWS DAILY NEWSLETTER Lifestyle diseases epidemic impacting medical schemes Diseases related to unhealthy lifestyles and poor diet are an increasing health and economic burden that also impact negatively on medical...
  • 31/03/2017
  • Netcare adjusted heps expected to fall
  • BUSINESS LIVE Hospital group Netcare said its adjusted headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the first half of its 2017 financial year were expected to be between nine percent and 13 percent lower than the adjusted HEPS of 91c reported for the...
  • 29/03/2017
  • Committee hears of NHI pilot problems
  • BUSINESS DAY Teething problems at provincial health departments including a lack of co-ordination, poor planning and uncertainty in districts, remain stumbling blocks to the effective testing of how the National Health Insurance (NHI) will work at...
  • 03/03/2017
  • Abu Dhabi drags Mediclinic down
  • REUTERS.COM International healthcare operator Mediclinic is lobbying the Abu Dhabi government to rethink a change in medical insurance rules that has damaged its business after it bet big on acquiring Al Noor Hospitals, its regional chief executive...
  • 01/03/2017
  • Aspen signs off on GSK drug transaction
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - South Africa's biggest generic drug maker Aspen Pharmacare [JSE:APN] signed off on an agreement with GlaxoSmithKline to acquire a portfolio of anaesthetics, the company reported on Wednesday. The company will pay an initial...
  • 01/03/2017
  • Mediclinic opens new emergency centre
  • NEWS24.COM Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg made history recently when it opened the first private Emergency Centre in KwaZulu-Natal which will be run by two emergency medicine specialists, Dr Sandy Inglis and Dr Daniel Fiandeiro, from today, 1 March....
  • 01/03/2017
  • Medical schemes should be celebrated not criticised
  • Ophthalmology News Psychiatry News Pharmacy News Cardiology News By Jasson Urbach, Economist at the Free Market Foundation of Southern Africa Medical aid [schemes] are a crime against humanity... [and] an atrocity", were the words used by...
  • 23/02/2017
  • NHI fund to be established this year
  • MONEYWEB.CO.ZA The National Health Insurance (NHI) fund is to be established this year, according to finance minister Pravin Gordhan. The fund will initially focus on improving access to a common set of maternal health, ante-natal and family...
  • 23/02/2017
  • NHI Fund to be established
  • FIN24.COM Pretoria – Treasury plans to prioritise finalising the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill and it will establish an NHI Fund. This is according to the National Budget which was delivered by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in...
  • 23/02/2017
  • NHI fund to start operating this year
  • BUSINESS DAY Maternal health services among the first benefits scheme will offer The government plans to set up a National Health Insurance (NHI) fund this year that may be partially financed by a reduction in the tax subsidy currently given to...
  • 23/02/2017
  • New fund is next phase in establishing NHI
  • BUSINESS REPORT The Government is moving towards the next phase of the implementation of National Health Insurance (NHI). Finance Minister Pray in Gordhan confirmed during his Budget speech yesterday that an NHI Fund would be established in the...
  • 22/02/2017
  • NHI fund to be established
  • THE NEW AGE Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday said a National Health Insurance (NHI) fund is set to be established in 2017. Gordhan said the focus of the fund will “improve access to a common set of maternal health, ante-natal...
  • 20/02/2017
  • NHI to be expedited
  • DAILY NEWS Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi believes the government's radical economic transformation plan will speed up the full implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI). Motsoaledi told Independent Media at the weekend that while...
  • 10/02/2017
  • NHI to be implemented over 14-year period, says Zuma
  • Eye Witness News President Jacob Zuma says the NHI programme, which has three phases, is currently in its first phase. President Jacob Zuma says the national health insurance (NHI) will only be implemented over a 14-year period, in three...
  • 09/02/2017
  • ‘We are seeing a turnaround in Mediclinic’
  • MONEYWEB David Shapiro considers today’s market – commodities, mining shares, Mr Price, retailers, Cashbuild, Spar, Shoprite, Naspers, Mediclinic, Group Five and Royal Bafokeng Platinum SIKI MGABADELI: Good evening and welcome to the SAfm...
  • 08/02/2017
  • Dire shortage of nurses nationwide
  • CAPE ARGUS Cape Town – There's a glaring shortage of nurses nationwide, nursing union Denosa (The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa) has said, due to apparent technical failure of IT systems at the South African Nursing Council which...
  • 08/02/2017
  • SANC ‘threatens’ Denosa
  • THE NEW AGE The South African Nursing Council has threatened to take legal action against the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) for what it calls malicious and callous statements made by the organisation. This after it...
  • 08/02/2017
  • Baanbreker-breinoperasie deur oog gedoen
  • BEELD/DIE BURGER In 'n operasie wat die eerste keer ter wereld gedoen is, het 'n span SuidAfrikaanse dokters aan die regterkantse basis van 'n vrou se skedel gewerk deur 'n piepklein gaatjie in die hoek van haar linkeroog te maak. Die...
  • 07/02/2017
  • Esidimeni: SA's biggest mental health scandal
  • IOL The chaotic and ultimately deadly transfer of the Esidimeni patients was a slow-motion accident that could have been stopped, writes Kerry Cullinan. The deaths of 94 mentally ill patients transferred from Esidimeni centre is the biggest...
  • 06/02/2017
  • ‘Medical aids are a crime and an atrocity’
  • CAPE TIMES Medical aid schemes are a “crime against humanity” and should be abolished because they cannot co-exist with the government’s proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, according to Dr Kgosi Letlape. The president of the Health...
  • 06/02/2017
  • ‘Abolish private medical aid’
  • INDEPENDENT ONLINE Durban – Medical Aid Schemes are a “crime against humanity” and should be abolished because they cannot co-exist with the government’s proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. SA Health Professions Council president Dr...
  • 01/02/2017
  • Dr Sipho Kabane named acting CE of medical schemes council
  • TIMES LIVE An Acting Chief Executive and Registrar for medical schemes has been appointed by Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi‚ after the sudden death of the Council for Medical Schemes' respected registrar Dr Humphrey Zokufa in January. He...
  • 01/02/2017
  • HMI Public Hearings Announced
  • MEDICAL CHRONICLE The Health Market Inquiry into the Private Healthcare Sector (HMI) is about to enter the final public hearings phase of the investigative process. The Chairperson of the HMI, Justice Sandile Ngcobo, provided progress on the HMI...
  • 31/01/2017
  • Sugar tax likely to cost formal beverages sector R1.4b
  • THE CITIZEN Treasury also said the proposed tax was not meant to be used as a tool to raise revenue, but was rather meant to ‘promote healthy’ living. The so-called “sugar tax” is not meant to be a revenue-raising instrument, but was intended as...
  • 29/01/2017
  • Hospital insurance may not be what you think
  • SUNDAY TIMES Consumers who cannot afford medical aid often opt for hospital insurance plans thinking they have comprehensive emergency cover, only to find out that they don’t. When Jade Cherice Smith’s baby started bleeding after a “bout of gastro”...
  • 29/01/2017
  • Medical aid clients sick of annual hikes
  • SUNDAY TIMES If Johannesburg communications consultant Lianne Osterberger hadn’t downgraded her medical aid, her family of four would have been paying more than R10 000 a month in premiums. A steep, above-inflation increase in her premium forced...
  • 27/01/2017
  • Path Health to sell to Mediclinic
  • THE NEW AGE MEDICLINIC yesterday confirmed that it will acquire a majority stake in Life Path Health. Life Path Health is a mental health treatment provider operating seven facilities in the Western Cape, with a further three in the process of...
  • 25/01/2017
  • CMS clarifies facts regarding beneficiary registry
  • MONEY MARKETING The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) says in a statement today that it “noted with great concern the recent press statements and subsequent radio and television interviews regarding the beneficiary registry (BR).” The CMS adds...
  • 25/01/2017
  • Minister under fire for staff shortages
  • IOL Cape Town – The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa) says Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has failed to sufficiently address the shortage of staff in public hospitals and clinics. Hospersa also says more can be...
  • 25/01/2017
  • Mediclinic to acquire majority stake in life path health
  • CFO SOUTH AFRICA Mediclinic Southern Africa has announced that it will acquire a majority stake in Life Path Health, a mental health treatment provider which currently operates seven facilities in the Western Cape, with plans for more in other...
  • 25/01/2017
  • Mediclinic acquires majority stake in life path health
  • EHEALTH NEWS Mediclinic Southern Africa has confirmed that it will acquire a majority stake in Life Path Health. The Life Path Health Group is a network of hospitals providing mental health inpatient treatment and addiction treatment in private...
  • 24/01/2017
  • Mediclinic ventures into Mental Health
  • BIZCOMMUNITY Private hospital group, Mediclinic Southern Africa, has acquired a majority stake in Life Path Health, a mental health treatment provider operating seven facilities currently concentrated in the Western Cape, with a further three in...
  • 24/01/2017
  • Mediclinic to acquire majority stake in life path health
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - Mediclinic Southern Africa [JSE:MEI] confirmed on Tuesday that it will acquire a majority stake in Life Path Health. Life Path Health is a mental health treatment provider which operates seven facilities currently concentrated...
  • 23/01/2017
  • Humphrey Zokufa dies
  • BUSINESS DAY Zokufa died on Sunday after a short illness, after taking up his appointment as CEO at the CMS in November Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) registrar and CEO Dr Humphrey Zokufa died on Sunday after a short illness, according to a...
  • 12/01/2017
  • Road accidents hurt medical scheme, state
  • BUSINESS DAY The Road Accident Fund faces huge claims as road death toll increased 5% over the 2016-17 festive season Discovery Health Medical Scheme, SA’s largest medical aid provider, and the state’s Road Accident Fund (RAF) are paying dearly...
  • 11/01/2017
  • Generic medicine market to continue growth trend in 2017
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - South Africa’s pharmaceutical industry has continued to weather the storm amid tough economic conditions, said Erik Roos, CEO of generic medicine company Pharma Dynamics in a statement. “Since 2012, originators have...
  • 11/01/2017
  • 15 facts you should know about open medical schemes
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - How much do you really know about the inner workings of your medical scheme? Here are some quick facts on open medical schemes in SA. Whereas each scheme will readily provide you with the facts on themselves, not everyone...
  • 09/01/2017
  • Business day TV: challenging year ahead for healthcare industry
  • BUSINESS DAY Roshan Bhana, head of Alexander Forbes Health discusses the findings of the its health diagnosis for 2016 and 2017, as the healthcare industry faces a fair amount of change in the year ahead. BUSINESS DAY TV: As South Africans brace...
  • 07/01/2017
  • Three restricted medical schemes top sustainability index
  • PERSONAL FINANCE Three restricted medical schemes have again achieved the highest scores on an index that measures their sustainability. The scheme for members of the South African Police Service, Polmed, was the top scorer for the third year in a...
  • 14/12/2016
  • Changes to dagga laws for medicinal use only
  • IOL Johannesburg – The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has warned the public that the proposed amendments to allow for the medical use of dagga would be implemented along strict guidelines. "On 23 November, Parliament's Portfolio...
  • 13/12/2016
  • Escalating private healthcare costs in SA under the spotlight
  • Health News Daily Newsletter Board of Healthcare Funders Media Release According to Dr Anna van Poucke, Head of Healthcare at KPMG in The Netherlands, escalating private healthcare costs are a universal problem and therefore not unique to South...
  • 13/12/2016
  • SA’s closet deals between doctors and drug makers
  • BUSINESS DAY South African patients are oblivious of the hidden hand of the pharmaceutical industry, which every year pays millions of rand in speakers’ fees, free meals and research grants to doctors and research institutions. There is no legal...
  • 09/12/2016
  • Pharmacy body fights closed network
  • BUSINESS LIVE The Independent Community Pharmacy Association, which represents the interests of independent pharmacies, is taking Fedhealth to court for going ahead with plans to introduce a closed pharmacy network. This will force the medical aid...
  • 08/12/2016
  • Adcock acquires Pharma-Q rights
  • BUSINESS LIVE Adcock Ingram Critical Care (AICC) has gained commercial rights to the Pharma-Q range of products in South Africa. The deal strengthens the offerings of the two companies, expanding their basket of products including the licensing of...
  • 07/12/2016
  • Deaths caused by lung and cervical cancers jump in SA
  • BUSINESS LIVE Greater numbers of South Africans are dying from lung and cervical cancer, according to a study released by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). In 2015 alone, these cancers were responsible for the deaths of 19 160...
  • 07/12/2016
  • Contributions to GEMS medical scheme to rise 15 percent
  • BUSINESS LIVE South Africa’s 1.3-million public servants have until Thursday to consider whether to amend their healthcare plans, after it was agreed on yesterday that contributions to the Government Employees’ Medical Scheme (GEMS) will rise 15...
  • 07/12/2016
  • 'Not up to judges to say when people could die'
  • TIMES LIVE Issues about choosing when to die were "engaging profound moral questions beyond the remit of judges to determine [and] should be decided by the representatives of the people of the country as a whole". This was the view of the...
  • 06/12/2016
  • Medical benefits under review
  • TIMES LIVE Medical aid consumers are facing premium increases of 10 percent or more next year, but the medical aid regulator may be finally doing something about rising costs. The Council for Medical Schemes announced last week that it is reviewing...
  • 06/12/2016
  • Council for Medical Schemes must put the consumer first
  • TIMES LIVE The council for Medical Schemes is to review the prescribed minimum benefits that private medical schemes must pay. That the council is doing this should prompt all medical aid members to sit up and take notice because it has...
  • 25/11/2016
  • Revealed: SA's health crisis
  • BUSINESS DAY Previously unpublished government records paint a grim picture of a failing public health system, a worrying lack of disclosure about its shortcomings, and an oversight mechanism that has done little to raise standards. Data...
  • 25/11/2016
  • More patients treated in hospitals
  • BUSINESS DAY Hospitals have steadily increased their admission rates over the past five years for overnight stays and day procedures, suggesting the private healthcare market has systematically shifted towards treating patients in hospitals instead...
  • 25/11/2016
  • 'No private gynaecologists left by 2020'
  • THE HERALD Insurance costs forcing doctors out Medical negligence claims are forcing maternity doctors out of private practice — so much so that the gynaecologist society has warned there will not be any left in the private sector by 2020....
  • 25/11/2016
  • NHI fails to make difference
  • BUSINESS DAY, DAILY DISPATCH Questions linger over pilot project Hospitals and clinics in the government's flagship National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot programme are failing to improve any faster than those in the rest of the country,...
  • 25/11/2016
  • Netcare hospital in Cape Town to open
  • BUSINESS DAY Every patient can expect a bed with a view at the brand new Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital in Cape Town — the first phase of a nearly R1bn medical precinct. The building is the latest addition to the city's foreshore....
  • 24/11/2016
  • New heart device paves way
  • THE NEW AGE A new shock device implanted under the skin of a patient without a single wire touching the heart is a first in sub-Saharan Africa. The new device to prevent sudden cardiac death was implanted on patient Jan Wiehman, 55, of...
  • 24/11/2016
  • Netcare profits jump 19%
  • CFO.CO.ZA If the world's economy has slowed, Netcare does not seem to be feeling it. In the Group’s 2016 annual financial results released on 21 November, it noted that group revenue was up 12.1%, to R37 796 million, group EBITDA was up 11.2% to R5...
  • 23/11/2016
  • Subcutaneous ICD comes to Africa
  • BIZCOMMUNITY For patients at risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a viable treatment option. It has been shown to effectively stop 95% or more arrhythmias and has a survival rate of about 19 out of...
  • 23/11/2016
  • 'Shocking' new heart implant device
  • CAPE ARGUS A new device that can be placed under the skin without a single wire touching the heart is set to revolutionise the treatment of abnormal heart arrhythmia and sudden cardiac arrest. Jan Wiehman, 55, of Welgemoed yesterday became the...
  • 23/11/2016
  • Netcare targets mental healthcare demand
  • MEDICAL BRIEF Private hospital group Netcare has agreed to buy Akeso Clinics for R1.3bn, as it seeks to capitalise on growing demand for mental healthcare services, reports Business Day. Akeso is a chain of 10 psychiatric health facilities, with...
  • 22/11/2016
  • Drade loop nie deur enige bloedvate niev
  • DIE BURGER EERSTE VIR MEDICLINIC PANORAMA Drie jaar gelede ontsnap hy uit die kloue van die dood toe sy hart tydens 'n fietstoer gaan staan; vandag is hy die eerste pasiënt in Suid-Afrika en Afrika suid van die Sahara op wie 'n nuwegenerasie...
  • 21/11/2016
  • Netcare to buy Akeso for R1.3bn
  • IOL Johannesburg - South Africa's second-largest private hospital firm Netcare will buy Akeso Clinics, a chain of psychiatric health facilities, for R1.3 billion ($91 million), the firm said on Monday. Netcare, which runs Britain's largest...
  • 21/11/2016
  • UK hospital rentals send Netcare profit into nosedive
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE A R2bn write-down to account for changes in Netcare’s UK hospital rentals led the group’s after tax profit to dive 57% to R1bn for its financial year to end-September, it reported on Monday. Netcare said its UK subsidiary, BMI...
  • 16/11/2016
  • Life healthcare enters U.K. with $995 million alliance deal
  • BLOOMBERG Life Healthcare Group Holdings Ltd. agreed to buy diagnostics specialist Alliance Medical Group Ltd. for as much as 800 million pounds ($995 million) including debt as the South African company follows larger competitors by expanding into...
  • 04/11/2016
  • SA’s public health sector faces crisis
  • IOL Cape Town - A crisis in the public health sector is inevitable, due to the Department of Health’s freezing of vacant posts, doctors and nurses’ unions said. The move is meant to cut costs, but unions including the Cape Metro Health Forum...
  • 03/11/2016
  • Funding for private healthcare sector in crisis
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - Private healthcare in South Africa is structured so that doctors work alone rather than in teams and are remunerated for the quantity of services they deliver rather than for quality of the outcome, according to Dr Brian Ruff,...
  • 02/11/2016
  • NHI struggles to take off
  • THE NEW AGE The sustainable improvement of South Africa's healthcare system including the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI), is being stalled by competing challenges including an increase in medical litigation. Opening the...
  • 02/11/2016
  • Historic operation done at Panorama
  • Tygerburger (Brackenfell) Tygerburger (De Grendel) Tygerburger (Durbanville) Tygerburger (Goodwood) Tygerburger (Parow) Tygerburger (Kuilsrivier) Tygerburger (Table View) Ahistoric operation at Mediclinic Panorama lasted just 20 minutes,...
  • 29/10/2016
  • New proposals for limits on healthcare insurance
  • IOL The benefits you can enjoy on medical gap cover and hospital cash plans are likely to be limited and top-up cover banned on new insurance policies from April next year and on existing policies from January 2018, if draft regulations published...
  • 28/10/2016
  • ‘Private ambulances uncaring’
  • THE STAR The “uncaring” practice by some private ambulance companies of leaving patients who cannot afford to pay for medical services “to die” instead of stabilising them and taking them to hospital is soon going to be a thing of the past....
  • 28/10/2016
  • Motsepe in health initiative
  • DAILY DISPATCH New firm's focus on reform Patrice Motsepe's African Rainbow Capital (ARC) has set up a new company, ARC Health, to invest in reforming and restructuring South Africa's private healthcare industry. It will also help to...
  • 28/10/2016
  • Motsoaledi defends NHI
  • THE NEW AGE Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has hit at critics of the soon-to-be introduced National Health Insurance (NHI). Motsoaledi said same people were supporting the Fees Must Fall campaign without recognising the link between the two....
  • 27/10/2016
  • Health and basic services to feel pain of R40bn spending cut
  • BUSINESS DAY The effect of R40bn in spending cuts will be felt most in the public health system, the provision of free basic services, the roads network, and in the limitations placed on water and electricity provision in rural areas, Treasury...
  • 27/10/2016
  • Patrice Motsepe’s plan for cheaper private healthcare
  • DESTINY MAN Business tycoon Patrice Motsepe has launched a new company, ARC Health, which he wants to use to reform the private healthcare sector in SA In an interview with Business Day, Motsepe said he wants ARC Health to become a game-changer...
  • 27/10/2016
  • High insurance squeezing obstetricians out of practice
  • DISTRICT MAIL Private gynaecologists in the Helderberg will continue delivering babies, despite high medical insurance costs. The spotlight was turned on obstetrics in recent weeks after several private gynaecologists in Worcester decided to...
  • 27/10/2016
  • Koordlose pasaangeër deur lies ingeplant
  • NETWERK24, DIE BURGER, BEELD, VOLKSBLAD 'n Koordlose pasaangeër, wat klein genoeg is om met 'n kateter deur die lies tot by die hart ingevoer te word, is onlangs die eerste keer in plaaslike pasiënte ingeplant. Die Medtronic Micra is deur dr....
  • 26/10/2016
  • Health spending to increase 8% over three years
  • FIN24 Cape Town – South Africa’s health sector accounts for 12% of public spending and it’s the third-fastest growing expenditure item in the budget, said Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his medium-term budget. Health sector budgets in...
  • 25/10/2016
  • Free education and healthcare for poor, same side of the coin
  • BUSINESS DAY Education and healthcare are the two issues in which the state has to provide the resources, writes Aaron Motsoaledi. The Department of Health will invest R17bn over the next three years into upgrading public clinics to "workable"...
  • 25/10/2016
  • ‘No will to drive NHI’
  • IOL Johannesburg - Falling state revenue collections and warnings from the finance minister that South Africa has a very constrained package and tough choices have to be made might drive a rift between National Health Insurance (NHI) hard liners...
  • 25/10/2016
  • Medical funds in need of resuscitation — urgently
  • BUSINESS DAY Latest operational performance figures show industry and government need to enact reforms to prevent collapse, writes James Arens The recently released annual report of the Council for Medical Schemes shows that medical schemes are...
  • 23/10/2016
  • City patient receives world's smallest pacemaker
  • IOL The world’s smallest pacemaker, comparable to the size of a large vitamin, has been fitted into the heart of a Brackenfell resident. The minute pacemaker is lead-free, and at 6.7mm in diameter and 25.9mm in length is only one-tenth the size...
  • 21/10/2016
  • Pioneering mini pacemaker technology comes to Africa
  • BIZCOMMUNITY In an African first, a series of four procedures to implant the world's smallest pacemaker was performed at Mediclinic Panorama in Cape Town over a two-day period this week. The Medtronic Micra® Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) is...
  • 20/10/2016
  • World's smallest pacemaker implanted in SA patient
  • HEALTH24 The world’s smallest pacemaker, measuring 6,7 mm in diameter, has been implanted into the heart of a 74-year-old woman from Brackenfell in Cape Town. This groundbreaking commercial implant, the first of its kind in Africa post FDA...
  • 19/10/2016
  • The world’s smallest pacemaker implanted at Mediclinic Panorama
  • THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE BLOG On Monday 17 October 2016 Dr Razeen Gopal, Cardiac Electrophysiologist at the Cape Town Atrial Fibrillation Centre located in Mediclinic Panorama, percutaneously inserted the world’s smallest pacemaker into the heart...
  • 13/10/2016
  • Funding for health innovation: How does South Africa measure up?
  • HELATH-E NEWS Innovators, policymakers, and investors gathered in Johannesburg last month for the South Africa Innovation Summit and after this, it is worth asking, are we as a nation doing enough to finance health innovation and technology? Dr...
  • 13/10/2016
  • Patients bear the brunt of unregulated private healthcare
  • BIZCOMMUNITY It is no secret that, notwithstanding the burden of sickness afflicting our country, healthcare costs continue to soar within a largely unregulated South African market. “For example, the impact of prescribed minimum benefits at cost...
  • 13/10/2016
  • SA health sector faces a crisis
  • NEWS24 South Africa compares unfavourably with middle-income countries on the ratios of medical and dental professionals, and many districts have limited access to specialists and subspecialists. Even South Africa’s private sector has fewer...
  • 13/10/2016
  • New legislation in advanced stage
  • CAPE ARGUS Breast cancer advocates have called for draft legislation that promotes breast health to be fast-tracked, arguing the policy would result in equitable and sustainable treatment of breast cancer. Advocates...
  • 12/10/2016
  • Outcry over healthcare budget cut
  • NEW AGE The South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (Sasa) is up in arms over cuts to training budgets by provincial health departments despite a shortage of specialists in the country. The freezing of specialists' posts due to budget cuts in...
  • 11/10/2016
  • Independent day hospitals offer a cost-effective alternative
  • MEDIA RELEASE: The Day Hospital Association of South Africa Double-digit increases in medical aid member contributions already announced by medical schemes for 2017 perpetuate the dilemma the industry finds itself in, namely to accept increases...
  • 11/10/2016
  • New registrar for medical council
  • NEW AGE THE Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa yesterday announced the departure of its MD Dr Humphrey Zokufa after 10 years at the helm. Zokufa has been appointed as the registrar of the Council of Medical Schemes. The board...
  • 06/10/2016
  • Protests a worry for health care
  • CAPE TIMES THE #FeesMustFall protests will have dire consequences for the national health care system if the number of junior doctors entering the field next year is impacted by medical students not being able to complete their final year, health...
  • 06/10/2016
  • Genesis announces a mere 4.7% hike in 2017 premiums
  • FANEWS Whilst the 2017 annual contribution increases of medical schemes and the funding of private healthcare in South Africa have been highly contentious issues over the past few weeks, Genesis Medical Scheme has announced what is likely to be the...
  • 06/10/2016
  • Giant medical scheme amalgamation going ahead
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - The amalgamation between Bonitas Medical Fund (Bonitas) and LMS Medical Scheme (previously known as Liberty Medical Scheme) has received the stamp of approval by the Competition Commission and the Council of Medical Schemes...
  • 06/10/2016
  • Bonitas and LMS join forces amid a stressed economy
  • BIZCOMMUNITY.COM Against the current tight economic background and a healthcare system that's in a state of flux, medical aids Bonitas and LMS (Liberty Medical Scheme) have announced that they have received approval from both the Competition...
  • 03/10/2016
  • Gems strategy to align with NHI roadmap
  • INSURANCE GATEWAY The journey towards universal healthcare access is gaining momentum, firmly supported by South Africa’s largest restricted medical scheme. This was one of the key messages to come out of the Government Employees Medical Scheme’s...
  • 03/10/2016
  • 'NHI the only affordable option'
  • NEW AGE Experts say the government's National Health Insurance initiative is the answer to affordable healthcare and soaring medical aid costs EXPERTS believe the government's proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) initiative, aimed at...
  • 03/10/2016
  • Market turns on Mediclinic
  • NEW AGE Massive operational losses in the Middle East, following its takeover of rival Al Noor last year, have trimmed its value even as it looks to taking over other rivals. Massive losses in the Middle East continue to undermine Mediclinic...
  • 30/09/2016
  • The National Council Profile on The Council for Medical Schemes
  • BUSINESS REPORT - THE STAR, PRETORIA NEWS, THE MERCURY, CAPE TIMES Governance in medical schemes continues to be a challenge in the regulatory framework. Moreover, the healthcare system is marred by inequitable access to care and healthcare...
  • 30/09/2016
  • Universal cover, working hard to broaden healthcare access
  • BUSINESS REPORT - THE STAR, PRETORIA NEWS, THE MERCURY, CAPE TIMES South Africa is making great strides towards the realisation of universal access to healthcare, with preparations for the introduction of National Health Insurance (NHI) well...
  • 29/09/2016
  • 'Ooievaars' benoud oor duur versekering
  • PAARL POST Waar plaaslike swanger vroue eers die keuse tussen vier ginekoloë in die Paarl gehad het, is daar nou slegs twee verloskundiges wat privaat die gespesialiseerde diens aanbied. Die nuus van buitensporige versekeringskoste wat...
  • 29/09/2016
  • Remgro: Tentacles of a giant
  • FINANCIAL MAIL WHAT IT MEANS: Growth in Remgro’s listed investments tops unlisted stakes. No structural changes planned for portfolio. Investment behemoth Remgro, which holds a portfolio worth more than R150bn, may be facing a structural...
  • 28/09/2016
  • Private healthcare greed threatens medical scheme system
  • FIN24.COM Every year your medical scheme contribution increases sharply – often as much as double the CPI rate. Last week two schemes, Momentum Health and Discovery Health, announced average increases in the double digits to the dismay of many...
  • 28/09/2016
  • Remgro to raise R9.9bn for Distell
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Just hours before SABMiller confirmed its shareholders had overwhelmingly approved the Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) deal, Remgro announced a R9.9bn rights offer intended to fund the acquisition of SABMiller’s 26.4% stake in...
  • 28/09/2016
  • Mediclinic upbeat on issues of growth
  • THE NEW AGE Mediclinic showed optimism yesterday as it mooted expectations of continued growth, amidst the backdrop of more macroeconomic challenges and anticipation increased competition. The private hospital group said it will also continue...
  • 28/09/2016
  • Mediclinic verwag kleiner winsmarges
  • SAKE24 Die hospitaalgroep Mediclinic verwag om sy groei in die boekjaar tot einde Maart ondanks die moeilike ekonomiese toestande en groter mededinging in SuidAfrika voort te sit. Die groep se in 'n handelsoorsig sy handelswinsmarge in...
  • 28/09/2016
  • Mediclinic Middle East earnings ‘will be lower’
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE In line with previous guidance, private hospital group Mediclinic International says first-half earnings from its Middle East business will be lower than originally expected. Mediclinic owns hospitals in Southern Africa,...
  • 28/09/2016
  • Mediclinic upbeat on issues of growth
  • THE NEW AGE Medilcinic showed optimism yesterday as it mooted expectations of continued growth, amidst the backdrop of more macroeconomic challenges and anticipation increased competition. The private hospital group said it will also continue...
  • 27/09/2016
  • SHARE WATCH: Interesting company results
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - Overberg Asset Management analyst Kirk Swart looks at shares that released interesting results in this week's five shares to watch. Sasol [JSE:SOL] Sasol's FY 2016 results showed evidence of numerous cost reductions....
  • 26/09/2016
  • Sharp increases for medical scheme members
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - The announcement last week by Momentum and Discovery Medical Schemes of average increases in contributions of between 10.2% and 11% came as a shock for consumers. All schemes announce their contribution increases between...
  • 22/09/2016
  • Cost constraints a barrier to healthcare
  • BUSINESS DAY When Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi published his opinion on the future of healthcare in SA in a Sunday newspaper recently, Dr Humphrey Zokufa, MD of the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF), was very encouraged. He saw the...
  • 22/09/2016
  • Waarom Worcester se ginekoloë ophou babas vang
  • NETWERK24 Worcester se vier privaat ginekoloë het Vrydag 16 September ’n gesamentlike brief uitgereik waarin hulle sê hulle sal net tot 31 Maart volgende jaar bevallings kan hanteer. Dokters Kobus Graaff, Emile Manefeldt, Corrie Prins en Steyn...
  • 22/09/2016
  • Remgro sees glow in fibre
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Investment giant Remgro has signalled that big things are expected from its investment in fibre-optic cabling specialist Dark Fibre Africa. At an investment briefing on Wednesday, Remgro CEO Jannie Durand said the company was...
  • 21/09/2016
  • HASA pleads the case for private medical schools
  • BIZCOMMUNITY.COM The world average of doctors to population stood at 152 per 100,000 in 2013. In South Africa it stood at a paltry 60 per 100,000. The reason are not unfamiliar in the South African context - large inequalities in the distribution...
  • 21/09/2016
  • New threat to medical aids
  • TIMES LIVE The medical aid schemes regulatory body is now headed by a man who wants all schemes to be merged into a single fund. Humphrey Zokufa, once a medical aid industry insider, has been appointed registrar of the Council for Medical...
  • 21/09/2016
  • Discovery delivers on hefty premiums hike
  • BUSINESS DAY In line with its warnings earlier this year, Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS) is to raise its premiums by a weighted average of 10.2 percent in January, slightly higher than the 8.6 percent weighted average increase it...
  • 21/09/2016
  • Discovery hikes rates by 10%
  • IOL Cape Town - Discovery Health is set to hike its premiums for 2017 by a weighted 10.2 percent, it says. Discovery Health Medical Scheme says contributions to its executive and comprehensive plans will increase by 11.9 percent, 14.9 percent on...
  • 21/09/2016
  • Massive increase for discovery medical aid premiums in 2017
  • BUSINESS TECH Discovery Health is the biggest medical scheme on the open market with over 2.7 million members. The group warned earlier this year that premiums would be going up due to significantly higher claims than in previous years. The...
  • 21/09/2016
  • Zokufa appointed to head council for medical schemes
  • BUSINESS DAY Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) chairman Humphrey Zokufa has been appointed as new registrar of the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) and expects to take up his new role on November 1, he confirmed yesterday. He will take over...
  • 20/09/2016
  • Healthcare fraud is costing country
  • THE SOWETAN Healthcare fraud - such as false claims, employee fraud, employee dismissals for unethical behaviour and doctors who commit fraud - costs the industry, and ultimately consumers, R13-billion annually. This is according to the latest...
  • 20/09/2016
  • Mark wag vir nuus oor Remgro en Mediclinic
  • PRETORIA NEWS Investec Sekuriteite het in 'n nuusbrief gesê die gerug dat Mediclinic 'n premie van 30% wil betaal, is wat sy aandeelprys seermaak. Die hospitaalgroep Mediclinic se aandeelprys het gister verder gedaal omdat die mark bekommerd is...
  • 14/09/2016
  • Rethink medical funds’ solvency of 25%
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE The measure of a medical scheme’s liquidity depends on a constellation of factors, the combination of which is unique to each scheme. How often does the industry remember this, and has the time come to review the status quo? As...
  • 13/09/2016
  • BHF backs new ARV treatment guidelines
  • E-HEALH NEWS The Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) and its member medical schemes have backed the introduction of the new anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment guidelines which will see all HIV positive patients starting anti-retroviral treatment as soon...
  • 13/09/2016
  • Rising healthcare costs in South Africa
  • RISK AFRICA The funding of healthcare in South Africa is a highly contentious issue, which involves a variety of stakeholders. While Government is planning their National Health Insurance (NHI) model, private healthcare providers and medical aid...
  • 12/09/2016
  • Brace for surge in cost of medical fund membership
  • BUSINESS DAY Medical scheme members are likely to face higher-than-usual contribution increases in 2017, along with greater restrictions in their choice of healthcare providers, according to Insight Actuaries. Open medical schemes reported an...
  • 08/09/2016
  • Nursing faces crisis level
  • CAPE ARGUS DA has submitted a request to Parliament for nursing shortages inquiry The DA has called for a parliamentary inquiry into the shortage of nurses in the country, saying the scarcity of nurses, their uneven distribution and the low...
  • 07/09/2016
  • BHF members embrace new ARV treatment guidelines
  • SOWETAN LIVE The Board of Healthcare Funders and its member medical schemes have backed the introduction of the new anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment guidelines which will see all HIV positive patients starting anti-retroviral treatment as soon as...
  • 07/09/2016
  • Healthcare reform in China a boost for Discovery
  • FIN24.COM As healthcare reform becomes a core subject for the Chinese government, Discovery’s health insurer arm in the country, Ping An, has shown “staggering” growth since being officially rolled out two years ago. On Tuesday, chief...
  • 06/09/2016
  • New HIV plan worrying Denosa
  • THE STAR At least one nursing union has raised its concerns about the new guidelines on "test and treat" for all HIV positive patients in the country in line with the World Health Organisation guidelines. At the beginning of the month, the...
  • 05/09/2016
  • Strong leadership is key to successful NHI
  • PRETORIA NEWS Strong leadership and political presence were among the key factors in the implementation of a universal health-care system in the country. In addition to new care models, a sound payment system and empowered citizens, this could...
  • 04/09/2016
  • Obstetricians flee in face of legal claims
  • SUNDAY TRIBUNE The fear of being sued for medical negligence and the high cost of indemnity from legal claims has resulted in a countrywide trend of obstetricians leaving the child delivery profession. In the past six months, five obstetricians...
  • 02/09/2016
  • Call for submissions on NHI funding
  • BUSINESS DAY The Davis Tax Committee has called for written submissions on funding for National Health Insurance (NHI), as proposed in the White Paper released in 2015, by October 14. The committee will hold a workshop for oral submissions...
  • 01/09/2016
  • South Africa could be a world leader in pharmaceuticals
  • IPASA MEDIA RELEAS Speaking at the inaugural IPASA (Innovative Pharmaceutical Association South Africa) Innovative Medicines Summit South Africa yesterday, Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, said South Africa has ambitions to become...
  • 01/09/2016
  • NHI: Cure for ailing system
  • FINANCIAL MAIL SA has some of the best private healthcare in the world but not for the public. Data published by the SA Institute of Race Relations recently shows that since 1994, spending by the state on public healthcare increased to more...
  • 01/09/2016
  • Finding a pricing model for devices: What is the best approach?
  • HEALTH MANAGEMENT DIGEST Although the introduction of a single exit price (SEP) system for medical devices could be a possibility once the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme becomes operational, there are many factors that need to be considered...
  • 31/08/2016
  • Aaron Motsoaledi still adamant private healthcare is too costly
  • DAILY DISPATCH Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has reiterated his position that private healthcare is exorbitantly priced, supporting recent findings by the World Health Organisation (WHO). A WHO report compared SA’s private healthcare costs to...
  • 30/08/2016
  • Hier is die beste hospitale
  • SAKE 24 Die meeste van die 20 beste hospitale in die land is in die Wes-Kaap, volgens 'n peiling van Discovery Health, die administrateur van mediese skemas. Die Wes Kaap het agt van die land se 20 beste hospitale, gevolg deur Gauteng met vyf en...
  • 30/08/2016
  • Hospitals rated on standards of care
  • TIMES LIVE Planning a hospital stay? You may first want to check how your local private hospital is rated on patient treatment. A list of the top 20 hospitals nationally, based on patient satisfaction scores given by some of Discovery Health's...
  • 29/08/2016
  • Which are the best private hospitals?
  • TIMES LIVE Planning a hospital stay anytime soon? If so‚ you may want to check out how your local private hospital treats its patients. A list of the top 20 hospitals nationally – based on patient satisfaction scores given by some of Discovery...
  • 26/08/2016
  • COSATU: Medical scheme collusion killing South Africans
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - In an open letter to the Competition Commission, Cosatu has accused the South African healthcare industry and medical schemes of collusion with regards to the availability of cancer screening tests. The high cost of the...
  • 26/08/2016
  • 'Holistic approach to health care vital'
  • PRETORIA NEWS Expert: look at people before they become patients A shift back to the basics and considering patients as holistic beings was the way to go as the country sought to provide universal access to quality health care, experts at a...
  • 25/08/2016
  • Mend healthcare by all pulling in unison
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE Chronic diseases are ravaging the rainbow nation. There has been a rapid increase in mortality, and average life expectancy has plummeted. The future of healthcare has become one of the most pressing issues of our time as it...
  • 25/08/2016
  • Gems members to feel the pain as fund clamps down
  • BUSINESS DAY LIVE The Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) is about to become far less generous to civil servants and their families, as it tries to stabilise its membership base and improve its finances. From October 1, it plans to...
  • 25/08/2016
  • Day unit opening soon at Mediclinic
  • WORCESTER STANDARD As part of a multimillion rand building project that commenced in 2014, Mediclinic Worcester will be opening the doors of a Day Unit, on 1 September. This 20 bed unit, specialising in day procedures, offers all the...
  • 25/08/2016
  • New look for private hospital
  • DISTRICT MAIL The first phase of upgrades at Mediclinic Vergelegen are nearing completion, with the upgraded section set to be open early next month. Construction of the three storey facility started 18 months ago and forms part of an estimated...
  • 24/08/2016
  • Megamerger: Bonitas takeover of liberty health gets nod
  • FIN24.COM Cape Town - The Competition Tribunal has approved, what is believed to be one of the largest mergers in history, between Bonitas Medical Fund and the ailing Liberty Medical Scheme without conditions. "The Commission had found some...
  • 24/08/2016
  • High walls prevent health researchers getting data
  • CAPE ARGUS The Medical Research Council (MRC) has raised concerns about the inaccessibility of some of the country's leafy suburbs, saying high walls and excessive security measures by residents is preventing its field workers from collecting...
  • 22/08/2016
  • State medical aid may go bust
  • BUSINESS DAY The Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) could be insolvent by financial year-end if drastic cost-containment measures are not instituted. This would mean the scheme would need to be bailed out by the Treasury or amalgamated...
  • 18/08/2016
  • Junior doctors get 26-hour shift
  • TIMES LIVE Junior doctors will no longer work 30-hour shifts - 26 hours is to become the new norm, the Health Professions' Council of SA has confirmed. But the council has not specified when the new shift system will start. It will apply to...
  • 15/08/2016
  • Economic flip side of national health scheme
  • BUSINESS DAY The National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme is seen by the government as the cure for SA’s healthcare woes, on the assumption it will improve quality in the public sector and reduce costs in the private sector — the ultimate solution...
  • 13/08/2016
  • Severe illness cover plays catch-up to medical advances
  • INDEPENDENT ONLINE The devil is in the detail when it comes to severe illness cover, and the details are constantly changing, which can leave you feeling powerless when choosing a policy or deciding whether or not to accept enhanced cover on your...
  • 12/08/2016
  • NHI – Killing the goose that lays the golden eggs
  • NEWS24.COM The NHI scheme is seen by government as the cure to South Africa’s Healthcare woes. It will improve quality in the public sector and it will reduce costs in the private sector- the ultimate solution for achieving universal healthcare in...
  • 11/08/2016
  • The best and worst medical aid schemes in SA
  • HEALTH24.COM See how your medical aid fared as members reveal which plans met their expectations and which ones left much to be desired. Prof Adrè Schreuder speaks to Health24 about the survey. With private healthcare becoming a grudge...
  • 10/08/2016
  • Healthcare report delayed in wait for more data
  • BUSINESS DAY The Competition Commission’s healthcare market inquiry has postponed the publication of its interim report, due for release last week, citing delays in obtaining key data from medical schemes and private hospitals. The inquiry was...
  • 09/08/2016
  • Making healthcare work for all South Africans
  • FIN24.COM The policy discourse on implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI) is one of the most topical in South Africa today, both as a fiscal consideration and because of the socio-economic need to deliver a better quality of life for...
  • 01/08/2016
  • NHI starting point has to be societal will
  • SURGICAL NEWS A crisis in South Africa's healthcare services is looming because of the unsustainable, inequitable two-tier model that still prevails, Prof Robert van Niekerk, Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at Rhodes...
  • 01/08/2016
  • Social compact needed to improve health services
  • HEALTH MANAGEMENT DIGEST Investing in health care not the same as any investment. Private health care, including the funding industry, needs to fight for a place to participate meaningfully in the creation of a social compact for better health...
  • 01/08/2016
  • Medical aid board says SA has to back NHI
  • MODERN MEDICINE The industry body says the dwindling number of medical aid members means the government must act. South Africa's healthcare system is not merely unviable or unsustainable, "it is at the brink of collapse" if the government does...
  • 29/07/2016
  • Discovery's Adrian gore on why medical aid costs are soaring
  • FINANCIAL MAIL Discovery founder and group CEO Adrian Gore hadn’t broken a sweat when the Financial Mail entered his office , even though he had just been through the rigours of his first physical examination in years. "I’ve put on a kilogram," he...
  • 27/07/2016
  • Funding the NHI – Can we afford it?
  • CAPE BUSINESS NEWS "Health cannot be a function of income, it must be a fundamental human right." This statement, made by Nelson Mandela, is an undeniable truth, but the elephant in the room remains the cost of the provision of universal...
  • 27/07/2016