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World Asthma Day 2017


Today is World Asthma Day – a day dedicated to raising awareness of the condition. It is thought that as many as 300 million people suffer from some form of asthma in the world – and there are 250,000 death each year linked to the disease. While many other disease are decreasing in number, the cases of asthma continue to increase with the number thought to reach 400 million by 2025. Here is everything you need to know.   What is asthma?   Those affected with asthma often have difficulties breathing due to the lung condition. There is no cure and [...]

World Asthma Day 20172018-07-24T14:16:30+00:00

Top 10 Tips To Avoid High Blood Pressure


High blood pressure is very common at menopause, and oestrogen dominance is often the cause. Rebalancing hormones naturally can help bring blood pressure back to normal and so can these simple prevention techniques. If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, dietary strategies will be crucial to controlling your levels. Avoiding processed foods (due to their being high in sugar/fructose, grains, trans fat and other damaged fats and processed salt) is my number one recommendation if you have high blood pressure. Instead, make whole, ideally organic, foods the focus of your diet. As you reduce processed foods, and other sources of [...]

Top 10 Tips To Avoid High Blood Pressure2018-07-24T14:16:50+00:00

The Cost of Healthcare in South Africa


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 Africa2018-07-24T14:17:34+00:00

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


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 About2018-07-24T14:17:53+00:00

Women’s Health Tips for Heart, Mind, and Body


By Kara Mayer Robinson WebMD Feature Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein, MD Looking for the path toward a healthier you? It's not hard to find. The journey begins with some simple tweaks to your lifestyle. The right diet, exercise, and stress-relief plan all play a big role. Follow a Heart-Healthy Diet There's an easy recipe if your goal is to keep away problems like heart disease and strokes. Eat more fruits and veggies. Choose whole grains. Try brown rice instead of white. Switch to whole wheat pasta. Choose lean proteins like poultry, fish, beans, and legumes. Cut down on processed foods, sugar, [...]

Women’s Health Tips for Heart, Mind, and Body2018-07-24T14:18:11+00:00

South African Free Healthcare App First for Africa


Aetos Health (Pty) Ltd today announced the launch of its innovative, free and downloadable healthcare Vcareconnect application, which links patients to their medical and/or health service provider/s instantly. The app is now available for free download on both Android and IOS platforms. This revolutionary Cloud-based technology concept of electronic health monitoring and information gathering is a first for the medical and healthcare industry on the African continent, according to Aetos CEO Andrew Jansen van Vuuren. According to Jansen van Vuuren, the main benefits of creating a single medical record for an individual patient include vastly enhanced doctor/patient relationships, direct live monitoring [...]

South African Free Healthcare App First for Africa2018-07-24T14:18:35+00:00

Hopes High for HIV vaccine trial in South Africa


The latest attempt in the long, frustrating search for a vaccine against HIV began in South Africa on Wednesday, as scientists test a beefed-up version of the only shot ever to show a glimmer of protection. The stakes are high. It’s the first study of its kind begun in seven years, and even moderate success could prove important not only in hard-hit South Africa, where more than 1,000 people a day are infected with HIV, but beyond. “If an HIV vaccine were found to work in South Africa, it could dramatically alter the course of the pandemic,” Glenda Gray, president of [...]

Hopes High for HIV vaccine trial in South Africa2018-07-24T14:18:58+00:00

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


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 Africa2018-07-24T14:19:43+00:00

Maximising the Value of your Medical Aid


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 Aid2018-07-24T14:20:51+00:00