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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

Maximising the Value of your Medical Aid

2018-07-24T14:20:51+00:00

Most medical aids have launched their benefits and premium contributions for 2017 and, as in the past, the increases passed on to members are double figures, which outstrip inflation. Bear in mind that your actual increase may be somewhat different because often these are weighted and vary from option to option or even from dependant to dependant. The medical aid landscape can be tricky to navigate. So now, more than ever, is the time to learn how to ‘box smart’ to ensure that you maximise the value you derive from your medical scheme benefits. Dr Bobby Ramasia, Principal Officer of Bonitas [...]

Maximising the Value of your Medical Aid 2018-07-24T14:20:51+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

Many South Africans have been consuming less salt daily since the beginning of the month and didn’t even know it

2016-07-29T11:16:21+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"] This is because the new law regulating salt content in food quietly came into effect from June 30 - with little to no fanfare - but inspiring hope in the Public Health Community of SA which said it was confident the fight against obesity and the high consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) would be equally prioritised by the government. The amendment to the foodstuff regulations was gazetted in March 2013, giving manufacturers a three-year implementation period to experiment with reformulation and produce lower salt products that were still acceptable to consumers. [...]

Many South Africans have been consuming less salt daily since the beginning of the month and didn’t even know it 2016-07-29T11:16:21+00:00

Everything you need to know about medical aid schemes in South Africa

2016-06-26T10:23:33+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"] Stats SA has released the results of its latest General Household Survey, revealing how South African families make use of medical aid schemes in the country. According to the report, the vast majority of people are not covered by any type of medical aid scheme, with public facilities still being the primary choice when it comes to healthcare. One of the biggest barriers to private healthcare in the country is the price. The South African Competition Commission recently conducted a market inquiry into medical aid schemes, focusing on the price of services and [...]

Everything you need to know about medical aid schemes in South Africa 2016-06-26T10:23:33+00:00

South Africa Seeks Price Cut for Breast Cancer Drug

2016-05-24T08:11:45+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"] Swiss pharmaceutical manufacturer Roche said that talks with the Department of Health to widen access to its breast cancer drug trastuzumab, branded herceptin, were at an “advanced stage”. Roche holds the patent on herceptin, which costs about R500,000 for a year’s course in the private sector. Its high price means many medical schemes do not pay for it, or will pay only for a limited course. It is generally not available for public sector patients. Herceptin is used in conjunction with other therapies for a particularly aggressive form of the disease [...]

South Africa Seeks Price Cut for Breast Cancer Drug 2016-05-24T08:11:45+00:00