Monday, 17 January, 2022
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Doctors in India protest over decision to 'sanction quackery'

Doctors in India have accused the government of seeking to “sanction quackery” by proposing to allow homeopaths and others trained in alternative remedies to...

SA's thorny health issues carried over into 2018

As the year begins, it’s common for individuals, companies and government departments to have a few things on their list of things to do....

Sleepless nights over inequitable funding for Gauteng — Health MEC

Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa assumed office in February, and she is quoted in a News24 report as saying that she believes the department’s...

Inquiry blames SA private hospitals for driving up costs

The SA Health Market Inquiry has blamed private hospitals for much of the above-inflation increases in expenditure reported by medical schemes, according to a...

New Dutch health minister tackles 'absurd' medicines pricing

The new Minister of Health of The Netherlands, Bruno Bruins, has put the pharmaceutical industry on notice announcing on 22 November he planned to...

Traditional initiation banned in Gauteng until end 2018

The Commission for Cultural‚ Religious and Linguistic Rights (CRL) has ordered a suspension of all initiation-related activities in Gauteng until December 2018‚ in an...

Government pressing ahead with NHI despite warnings — IRR

SA is pressing ahead with implementing the National Health Insurance system, effectively ignoring a report by the Davis Tax Committee that warns that the...

NHI risks 'extreme destabilisation’ and accelerated emigration of doctors

The South African government is 'proceeding by trial and error' with the implementation of the National Health Insurance proposal 'irrespective of the massive damage that...

Davis Tax Committee warns NHI may spark e-toll style resistance

Uncertainty around how South Africa’s National Health Insurance will work is cause for concern, says a report by the Davis Tax Committee. And if...

SA government 'alarmingly inconsistent' over NHI

Treasury and Health officials are, behind the scenes, quietly crafting a pilot structure to test crucial aspects of government’s grand plan for universal SA...

Limpopo Health to cut staff to free up funds

Limpopo Health is poised to radically restructure its staff complement to try to free up more money for frontline workers and goods and services, according...

The Tricky Trio: Gauteng Health officials duck and dive

Top Gauteng Health officials who have so far avoided giving evidence before the Life Esidimeni inquiry into the deaths of 144 mental patients are...

Outrage over 'disinterested' Mugabe's WHO appointment justified — columnist

Typhoid and cholera are never far from the headlines in Zimbabwe, writes Dianna Games, CEO of Africa @ Work in a Business Day column. She...

Tax credits worth R25bn to be phased out to fund NHI

South African taxpayer’s tax credits totalling about R25bn will be phased out in the coming months as a means of funding the incoming National...

NHI legal framework will take 'twice as long as planned'

Developing the legal framework for the National Health Insurance (NHI) policy is likely to take twice longer than by the 2022 deadline government has...

Health Department adviser reassures on private sector role in NHS

The private sector has a vital role to play in implementing National Health Insurance, an adviser to the South African Department of Health told...

Hasa proposal could cut med aid premiums up to 30%

The Hospital Association of SA (Hasa) is calling for compulsory medical scheme membership as an interim measure to implement National Health Insurance (NHI), which...

Divisions grow in SA's unions over NHI plan

Trade union federation Cosatu is pushing for the state’s National Health Insurance plan to be implemented‚ but says a report in The Herald, not...

SA challenged to face 'hard truths' on drug abuse prejudices – Global Commission

South Africa has taken a lead in the HIV response, but HIV won’t be overcome until the country faces some hard truths about drug...

Disembowelling SA's private healthcare system

"Health tourism" by African leaders has been criticised by South Africa’s health minister. While the self-serving hypocrisy of leaders who have destroyed their countries’...

Independent body may monitor SA's private healthcare quality

The Competition Commission’s healthcare market inquiry is considering recommending that an independent body is established to monitor the quality of SA's private healthcare services,...

NHS ends funding of homeopathic and herbal medicines

Homeopathic and herbal remedies will no longer be funded under the British National Health Service because they are a 'misuse of scarce funds' University...