Talking Points

July 28th, 2015 There is a persistent and potentially dangerous narrative that medical aid schemes exist purely to rip off their members, writes Business Day associate editor Bronwyn Nortje. This narrative of 'greedy and unscrupulous medical schemes' has gained...

July 28th, 2015 As complaints grow about exorbitant drug prices, US pharma is under pressure to disclose the development costs and profits of those medicines. The New York Times reports that so-called pharmaceutical cost transparency Bills have been introduced in...

July 21st, 2015 It's conventional wisdom that there are 'good' and 'bad hospitals but a ProPublica report says that an analysis of US Medicare data found that, when it comes to elective operations, the important factor to pick the right surgeon. They have made...

July 21st, 2015 Women should be able to treat cystitis themselves with antibiotics without a prescription, writes GP Dr Kyle Knox in The British Medical Journal. Cystitis affects around half of women at least once in their lifetime and is coded as the reason for...

July 14th, 2015 Newspapers reported recently that 1-in-3 South Africans is obese, quoting Graham Anderson, CEO of medical aid company Profmed, citing the World Health Organisation's 2014 Global Status Report on Noncommunicable Diseases. This, they said, makes the...

June 30th, 2015 An article written by Professor Tim Noakes and British cardiologist Aseem Malhotra for the British Journal of Sports Medicine has been slammed as flawed and described as 'headline-grabbing', reports The Times. A letter to the BMJ signed by five UK...
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