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Why fixing primary healthcare is crucial to making South Africa healthier
Why fixing primary healthcare is crucial to making South Africa healthier

By some measures - healthy life expectancy, obesity and depression, among others - South Africa is the unhealthiest country on earth. That's a sobering fact to consider. How has the country got here?

By Bob Mash 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

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

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

Photo: Kempton Express
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

Two new rural clinics open in Eastern Cape
Two new rural clinics open in Eastern Cape

Government has opened two new state-of-the-art clinics in rural Eastern Cape as it moves towards universal access to healthcare...

26 Feb 2019

Photo: David Harrison
#BudgetSpeech2019: Will it lead to more doctors being sued for negligence?

Legal claims against the department now amount to more than half of some provincial health budgets. Less money now will only mean more claims later...

By Daniel McLaren 21 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

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo: The Presidency
President sets up NHI war room

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he has established a war room in the Presidency to deal with the country's healthcare crisis and the National Health Insurance (NHI)...

8 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

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

Estranged bedfellows: Why the private sector remains wary of universal healthcare
Estranged bedfellows: Why the private sector remains wary of universal healthcare

Globally, one in four private healthcare groups surveyed won't work with governments...

By Joan van Dyk 21 Nov 2018

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi
Motsoaledi says NHI isn't being sidelined

Despite pushing the National Health Insurance (NHI), the National Department of Health only spent 10.4% of the indirect grant allocated to the programme...

2 Nov 2018

Will NHI be just another state-owned enterprise?
Will NHI be just another state-owned enterprise?

A report by organisations collaborating under the umbrella of the People's Health Movement South Africa was interrogates, among other things the flaws and pitfalls of the country's NHI proposal...

By Melody Emmett 25 Oct 2018

Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus
Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus

A comprehensive B2B Recruitment Focus from December 2018 to February 2019 will ensure that Bizcommunity is the go-to destination for all the B2B news you'll need to plan your HR and recruitment strategies in 2019...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Oct 2018

Photo: Kempton Express
Ageing health infrastructure to receive urgent attention

The South African government has committed to upgrading and maintaining the ageing and dilapidated infrastructure at public healthcare facilities...

23 Oct 2018

Deputy President David Mabuza
Mabuza: 'The NHI must not negate private health schemes for those who desire them'

Speaking on behalf of President Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President David Mabuza reiterates the South African government's commitment to universal healthcare...

19 Oct 2018

The best Biz summer holiday (content) package ever!
The best Biz summer holiday (content) package ever!

Feeling a bit state-capsized, swept along by more waves than a cryptocurrency chart? Here are some life-saving festive content ideas...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 15 Oct 2018

Dr Brian Ruff, co-founder of PPO Serve
NHI debate is stuck in the weeds

The National Health Insurance (NHI) is not a radical shift to dismantle a functioning system, but an opportunity to review two poorly functioning ones...

By Brian Ruff 4 Oct 2018

Sasa, Discovery Health roll out event-based contract model
Sasa, Discovery Health roll out event-based contract model

An alternative reimbursement model has been launched that will benefit patients and encourage best practice among clinicians in the private healthcare sector...

5 Sep 2018

Carl Grillenberger, Advanced Health CEO
Private healthcare industry needs to change

The "startling costs" of South African private healthcare is at the heart of the Competition Commission's Health Market Inquiry (HMI) draft report released in July...

3 Sep 2018

Summit to discuss health challenges
Summit to discuss health challenges

A National Health Summit to discuss challenges faced by the health sector and the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI) will be held in Gauteng on 19 and 20 October...

30 Aug 2018

Flickr/Rafiq Sarlie
New healthcare plan promises to overhaul South Africa's massively skewed system

Since 1994 South Africa has invested substantial resources in healthcare services. As a result, it's has made significant health gains...

By Russell Rensburg 28 Aug 2018

Radical transformation needed to achieve UHC
Radical transformation needed to achieve UHC

Technology, increased usage of community health workers, and rapid increases in healthcare financing are likely to be instrumental to achieving universal healthcare (UHC) in countries around the world...

27 Aug 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa and Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi
Quality healthcare must be for all

South Africa must move beyond the era of exclusively preserving quality healthcare for those with deep pockets, said President Cyril Ramaphosa...

27 Aug 2018

Dr Guni Goolab, principal officer, Government Employee Medical Scheme
5 advantages of universal health coverage

The immense value that universal health coverage brings to a society is reflected by the fact that it is now included in the new Sustainable Development Goals...

16 Aug 2018

Why South Africa needs to discipline the private healthcare industry

If a service is provided by a company rather than government, this does not automatically mean a market is at work. The point is fairly obvious but has passed many in South Africa by...

By Steven Friedman 26 Jul 2018

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