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New principal officer for Bonitas Medical Fund
New principal officer for Bonitas Medical Fund

South Africa's second-largest open medical scheme, Bonitas Medical Fund, has announced the appointment of a new principal officer. Taking up the reigns from 1 May 2019 is Lee R Callakoppen...

Issued by Bonitas 7 May 2019

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Barcoding the healthcare world

In our daily lives we hardly give the barcode a second thought. We only really come across it when we're shopping and even then, it's merely a bunch of lines and spaces that helps us process the transaction and buy an item...

By Neil Gouveia 26 Apr 2019

Cipla Medpro acquires a stake in connected health company Brandmed
Cipla Medpro acquires a stake in connected health company Brandmed

Cipla Medpro will acquire a 30% stake upon closure in the connected healthcare company, Brandmed...

Issued by Cipla 16 Apr 2019

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Startup offers alternative to financing palliative care

Current medical aid models for end-of-life care will pay for costly in-hospital care but won't pay for home-based care...

12 Apr 2019

Butsi Tladi, MD of Alexander Forbes Health
Cofi Bill brings down regulatory siloes for medical scheme customers

Healthcare sector stakeholders have long advocated for a single regulator, believing that the current dual framework creates a regulatory arbitrage not conducive to offering the consumer maximum protection...

10 Apr 2019

Did the Health Professions Council trade cash for qualifications?
Did the Health Professions Council trade cash for qualifications?

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is awaiting the president's go-ahead to investigate allegations that Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPSCA) employees may have taken bribes...

By Roxy de Villiers 5 Apr 2019

Introducing the e-patient
Introducing the e-patient

Almost half the South African population has access to the internet, including 8-million Twitter users and 16-million Facebook users...

4 Apr 2019

Informed consent: The costly legal implications if it's not done right
Informed consent: The costly legal implications if it's not done right

The value of keeping proper written records of explanations, discussions and advice leading to the informed consent to avoid protracted legal proceedings for both doctors and patients...

By Lisa Swaine 3 Apr 2019

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SA medical schemes in good health

South Africa's largest medical schemes - both open and restricted - are in good shape and have sufficient reserves to pay members' claims...

1 Apr 2019

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Ask Dr Google. The pros and cons of online diagnosis

Pop symptoms of a headache into a search engine and it will come back with a myriad of diagnoses, varying from a sinus headache to a tumour...

1 Apr 2019

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Gauteng Health signs MoU with medical aid schemes

The Gauteng Department of Health (GDOH), in partnership with medical aid schemes and their administrators, has officially signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a public-private partnership...

7 Mar 2019

Damian McHugh, head of marketing, Momentum health services.
What the 2019 budget means for healthcare consumers

National Health Insurance (NHI) is critical to creating a quality functioning healthcare system for all South Africans...

5 Mar 2019

Private healthcare loses more than R22bn a year to fraud, waste
Private healthcare loses more than R22bn a year to fraud, waste

Fraud, waste and abuse is costing the private healthcare system more than R22bn, and if you submit false claims, you could face more than just being terminated from your scheme...

By Roxy de Villiers 1 Mar 2019

Kelly du Plessis, CEO: Rare Diseases SA
NHI is an opportunity to access orphan drugs

Government's National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme represents a substantial policy shift to restructure healthcare and secure universal health coverage for all South Africans...

28 Feb 2019

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Is NHI going to make the SA economy even sicker?

Concerns raised by the Hospital Association of SA (Hasa) over contradictions in the NHI and the Medical Schemes Amendment that could lead to potential job losses has raised the ire of the national health minister...

By Jasson Urbach 27 Feb 2019

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi
Motsoaledi outlines NHI war room plan

President Cyril Ramaphosa indicated in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) last week that in 2019 government will take a significant step towards universal health coverage that will bring quality healthcare to all South Africans...

12 Feb 2019

How will the NHI Bill affect employer medical aid contributions?
How will the NHI Bill affect employer medical aid contributions?

There has been a lot of hype around the proposed National Health Insurance Bill, but little has been said about how it will impact on the provision of medical aid benefits in the employee context...

By Lauren Salt and Rui Lopes 5 Feb 2019

Over 80% of South Africans rely on state facilities like Chris Hani Baragwanath, the third largest hospital in the world. Shutterstock
Why delays to fixing healthcare are bad news for South Africans

The release of a final report about the state of competition in South Africa's private health sector has been delayed again...

By Wezile Chitha 5 Feb 2019

Lamees Scholtz, head of PCNS
BHF rebrands its practice code numbering system

The BHF has rebranded its PCNS to bring greater transparency and alignment between healthcare service providers (HSP) and medical schemes...

10 Jan 2019

Dr Paula Armstrong, senior economist at Econex
#BizTrends2019: Policy uncertainty and its impact on healthcare investment

Policy certainty is necessary for sustainable investment in a sector. Currently, there is considerable policy uncertainty in the health sector in SA, mainly due to three parallel policy processes...

By Paula Armstrong 7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: SA's state of health
#BizTrends2019: SA's state of health

The cost of healthcare, inadequate benefits and failing public healthcare facilities were very much in the news in 2018 and are likely to continue to feature strongly in headlines in 2019...

By Board of Healthcare Funders 7 Jan 2019

#BestofBiz 2018: Healthcare
#BestofBiz 2018: Healthcare

Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Healthcare site over the past year below...

18 Dec 2018

Mashudu Mphafudi, director in the finance & banking practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
Private healthcare is ripe for transformation

It's no secret that a small number of 'big names' dominate the private healthcare and medical aid industries...

28 Nov 2018

MediFin announces its Top Loyalty Partners for 2018
MediFin announces its Top Loyalty Partners for 2018

MediFin Financial Services has again awarded their most loyal partners. These prestigious awards recognise their top partners who display great customer service, strategic alliance and top affiliate behaviour...

Issued by Medifin Financial Services 21 Nov 2018

Healthcare industry needs collaboration to curb fraud waste and abuse
Healthcare industry needs collaboration to curb fraud waste and abuse

Poor collaboration at the right level, the lack of accountability and no proactive participation were identified as some of the stumbling blocks in the fight against malfeasance in the healthcare industry...

20 Nov 2018

Putting the lid on medical aid fraud
Putting the lid on medical aid fraud

Last year, medical aids lost at least R15-R20bn of total private healthcare industry spend to fraud...

By Paul Midlane 14 Nov 2018

10 tricky terms - Know your medical aid speak
10 tricky terms - Know your medical aid speak

Medical aid terms can be as difficult to decipher as your doctor's handwriting. That's why knowing medical aid speak is essential if you are going to understand your medical cover says Gerhard Van Emmenis, Principal Officer of Bonitas Medical Fund...

Issued by Bonitas 5 Nov 2018

Spectramed and Resolution Health merge
Spectramed and Resolution Health merge

Spectramed Medical Scheme and Resolution Health Medical Scheme (Resolution Health) have merged to form Health Squared Medical Scheme, as from 1 January 2019...

29 Oct 2018

2018 Robyn Putter winners, Ogilvy SA. Image: © Ogilvy CT on
#TopBrands2018: Ogilvy, Koo, Discovery Health excel in Sunday Times Top Brands survey 2018

The results of the annual Sunday Times Top Brands survey were announced at an awards ceremony hosted at The Empire venue in Parktown, Johannesburg on Wednesday...

24 Oct 2018

Corporate content should be part of your DNA
Corporate content should be part of your DNA

On the cusp of exciting and fruitful pan-African networking and trade, the time to make use of an unbiased B2B media showcase for all Africa's dynamic, entrepreneurial business communities is now...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 24 Oct 2018

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