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Abolishing medical tax credit 'problematic' and could face court challenge

As the SA government mulls its options to reduce expenditure while funding priority programmes, experts have warned that the abolishment of the medical tax...

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...

Wealthy foot bill for 87% of SA's private and state healthcare – Econex

The way healthcare‚ hospitals and doctors are paid for in SA does not 'punish the poor' as the National Health Insurance policy papers...

'Not even its supporters agree' on what NHI means for private health

Even supporters of the National Health Insurance disagree on what the shift will mean, especially for private medical schemes, writes Amy Green in a...

NHI White Paper proposes 'effective nationalisation without compensation' of private healthcare

The recently released National Health Insurance (NHI) White Paper ignores the fundamentals of competition and choice, writes Mike Settas, director of health insurer KaeloXelus. Among...

NHI White Paper 'a fantasy that ignores the SA economic downturn'

The SA National Health Insurance White Paper is a 'wan fantasy' that ignores SA's ailing economy poor regulatory mechanisms and the role of private...

Medical 'voluntourism' in Tanzania: Some help does cause harm

The international medical volunteer placement industry opens the door to potentially disastrous outcomes, writes Noel Sullivan in  Scientific American. Sullivan, a member of the faculty...

Motsoaledi wants private healthcare forced out for the NHI

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has been tasked with an important aspect of the 'radical economic transformation' agenda, and that is to nationalise healthcare in...

Strategy to guide SA's fight against HIV for the next 6 years

South Africa is expected to release its new national HIV strategy later this month, according to a Bhekisisa report. In a country that continues...

‘Parasitical’ legal vultures face curbs over medical negligence

A legislative crackdown is looming against ‘criminal’ and ‘parasitical’ lawyers who are ‘milking’ provincial health departments in aggressive medical negligence claims. National Treasury said...

SA is facing an incurable TB 'ticking time bomb'

The health risk posed by state hospitals discharging patients with totally drug resistant TB was a 'ticking time bomb', says Professor Keertan Dheeda of the...

'Angry' Motsoaledi intervenes to stop EC move of patients to NGOs

SA Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has intervened to halt the Eastern Cape's decision to move frail care patients from Life Esidimeni to NGOs,...

HPCSA president wants medical aids abolished as a ‘crime against humanity’

The Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) notes with some disappointment reports quoting the Health Professions Council of South Africa’s (HPSCA) Dr Kgosi Letlape...

Esidimeni: The silent must shriek for justice

The Health Ombud’s report is subtitled: No Guns: 94 silent deaths and still counting. The historical allusion is undoubtedly intentional, writes MedicalBrief's William Saunderson-Meyer. Professor...

Makgoba report: 94 silent deaths and still counting

At least 94 people died after Gauteng Health moved 1,900 psychiatriac patients out of Life Esidimeni to 27 unlicensed facilities, says SA’s Health Ombudsman,...

NHI will destroy private medicine and fuel emigration — IRR report

South Africa’s National Health Insurance system will effectively put an end to private health care, according to a report by the Institute of Race...

Homeopathy doesn't work – research council

Homeopathy is not effective for treating any health condition, Australia's top body for medical research has concluded, after undertaking an extensive review of existing studies.

Maternal and child health must remain a MDG goal – Motsoaledi

SA is unlikely to meet the Millennium Development Goals to reduce maternal and child deaths by the MDG’s September deadline (see MedicalBrief – 19),...

New technique approved for treating UK breast cancer patients

Thousands of breast cancer patients will benefit from more convenient 20-minute one-off dose of radiotherapy after the UK’s National Health Service drugs rationing body...