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The Cost of Healthcare in South Africa

2018-07-24T14:17:34+00:00

Access to health care varies greatly in different countries across the world and is largely influenced by social conditions, economic conditions, as well as the health policies in place at the time. This is according to Dr Jaco van Zyl, Medical Executive at Cipla SA, who points to statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO), indicating that the worldwide provision of health care related products and services consumed on average 9.95% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2014. “Over the same period in South Africa, total expenditure on health care in South Africa (SA) accounted for 8.5% of GDP, with an [...]

The Cost of Healthcare in South Africa 2018-07-24T14:17:34+00:00

Two Massive Medical Aid Changes Coming in 2017 that You Need to Know About

2018-07-24T14:17:53+00:00

The National Treasury has introduced two new medical scheme regulations which will see a limit on the amount of gap cover and hospital cash-back policies you can claim, as well as the discontinuation of all primary healthcare policies. This is an effort to differentiate between “medical scheme products” and “health insurance”, both of which are regulated by separate Acts causing confusion in the medical arena. The regulations, which were demarcated in terms of the Long-term and Short-Term Insurance Acts, will come into effect as of 1 April 2017 for new policies and retrospectively from January 2018 for existing policies. Gap Cover and cash-back [...]

Two Massive Medical Aid Changes Coming in 2017 that You Need to Know About 2018-07-24T14:17:53+00:00

Dashboard will speed up SA’s HIV suppression objectives

2018-07-24T14:19:23+00:00

Now, healthcare practitioners involved in managing South Africa's HIV pandemic can access data from a new web-based system in near real-time. The first national CD4 /viral load monitoring dashboard, an online tool that monitors CD4 count and viral load in South Africa’s HIV positive patients will help the country to achieve one of UNAIDS three HIV elimination targets: for 90% of people on treatment to have a viral load fully suppressed by 2020, Response to treatment Viral load is the best predictor of an HIV positive patient’s response to treatment. The dashboard displays and analyses data in a way in which [...]

Dashboard will speed up SA’s HIV suppression objectives 2018-07-24T14:19:23+00:00

Here is how the DA wants to change your next visit to hospitals in South Africa

2018-07-24T14:19:43+00:00

The Democratic Alliance has unveiled its alternative plan for universal healthcare in South Africa, via a full policy document titled ‘Our Health Plan (OHP)’. The political party says its health plan will provide quality healthcare to all South Africans within 5-8 years. “We believe our offer is the most credible and workable option that seeks to ensure that no person is denied quality healthcare because they are poor,” said DA shadow minister of health, Dr Wilmot James. The DA said its policy would replace the current National Health Insurance (NHI) system, should it be voted into power. “It can be rolled [...]

Here is how the DA wants to change your next visit to hospitals in South Africa 2018-07-24T14:19:43+00:00

KZN Health’s R4.1 Billion Spending Black Hole

2018-07-24T14:23:01+00:00

Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal Health Department is sitting on a R4.1 billion irregular spending black hole, and things are in such a sorry state that the auditor-general cannot fathom the full extent of what is a growing problem. The damning findings emerged when a qualified audit of the department’s 2015-16 finances was scrutinised in the legislature on Tuesday. MPLs heard a litany of problems and recurring excuses and explanations, prompting Maggie Govender, chairwoman of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa), to conclude that officials perhaps thought the department was a place to “go and eat”. “You have to stop the [...]

KZN Health’s R4.1 Billion Spending Black Hole 2018-07-24T14:23:01+00:00

Stand Up Against Corruption – Gordhan Tells Pharmaceutical Fraternity

2018-07-24T14:23:13+00:00

Durban – Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Saturday night called on professionals in the pharmaceutical fraternity to take a stand against fraud and corruption in the health care sector. “Stolen bed sheets, medication, food, lack of care in our public hospitals and sometimes private hospitals as well. Supply chain interference, good invoice for but not delivered, public servants and businesses people exchanging favours in the form of brown enveloped in order for things to be done, that is corrupting us from delivering efficient  human rights t our people,” said Gordhan. The minister, who began his career as a pharmacist at King [...]

Stand Up Against Corruption – Gordhan Tells Pharmaceutical Fraternity 2018-07-24T14:23:13+00:00

South Africa’s Department of Health Has Decided to Tax Sugary Drinks

2016-09-09T10:52:21+00:00

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] As part of the 2016 budget, the South African Treasury has decided to tax sugary drinks. But the taxation of sugar-sweetened drinks will start in 2017 only. It is believed that the levying of taxes will help minimize the growing epidemic of oral health problems and non-communicable diseases. Local as well as international experiences have proven that taxing sugary drinks, tobacco and alcohol can positively influence consumer behavior. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that children and adults should reduce their consumption of free sugars to less than 10% of their [...]

South Africa’s Department of Health Has Decided to Tax Sugary Drinks 2016-09-09T10:52:21+00:00

Junior Doctors Victory in Cape increases the Pressure on Government

2016-08-26T12:42:02+00:00

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] SA Health is under pressure urgently to reduce the working hours of junior doctors nationally following Western Cape Health’s decision to slash maximum shifts from 30 to 24 hours. The Junior Doctors Association of SA was celebrating the decision – but the ultimate solution was more doctors. Junior doctors have waged a voluble campaign against what they believe are dangerously long shift hours, among other issues, echoing similar protest movements by young doctors in countries such as the United Kingdom and India. Last weekend Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo announced the reduction in continuous [...]

Junior Doctors Victory in Cape increases the Pressure on Government 2016-08-26T12:42:02+00:00