Increased public-private cooperation

While the White Paper has been systematically ignored since 2011, it is clear that the groundwork is being laid for increased cooperation between the public and private healthcare sectors that will be essential to achieving universal healthcare. This was evident at the 15th annual Board of Healthcare Funders’ (BHF) Southern African Conference in Durban in […]

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The role of ACE-I in hypertension

Prof James Ker Hypertension is an important treatable contributor to death and disease globally. Abundant evidence from randomised controlled trials has documented that antihypertensive drug treatment is of benefit in reducing cardiovascular events in people with hypertension. Most patients with hypertension, however, have other cardiovascular risk factors, which increase the absolute risk of hypertension. Which […]

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Misrepresentation on mammography interpretation – Prof Apffelstaedt responds

With regards to the article ‘Mammograms misrepresented’, in October edition of Medical Chronicle, Professor Apffelstaedt, Associate Professor-University of Stellenbosch and Head: Breast Clinic, Tygerberg Hospital, states the following: We stand by our research and the methods used, which are fairly standard in the field. We refer to our reply to Pitcher et al in the […]

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Move to medical paper printing

Radiology practices can save an average of 87% by printing on paper instead of film for patient copies. This was the finding of research recently conducted by Konica Minolta Medical South Africa (KMMSA). This cost-effective solution is made possible by linking Konica Minolta South Africa’s bizhub C224 model to any digital radiography system or Picture […]

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CPD in your pocket

My wallet is a digital online extension of AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical’s EPD Connect CPD programme. The my wallet website ( is a secure CPD management solution where all healthcare professionals can store their accreditation certificates and keep track of all CPD points gained. The my wallet website creates a secure and centralised portal for all CPD […]

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Fraud: Industry collaboration needed

Industry-wide collaboration involving funders, service provider associations and the short-term insurance industry is required to stamp out healthcare fraud and abuse. This was the message to emerge from a seminar on medical scheme fraud hosted by the Institute for Healthcare Risk Managers (IHRM) held on 1 August. Marius Smit Head of Discovery Health’s Forensics Unit, […]

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Dr Levin

Evidence b(i)ased

Dr AM Levin There is a constant outcry by medical aids for medical practitioners to justify their treatment protocols on the premise of so-called ‘evidence-based clinical’ experience. The latter information may be acquired in one of two ways. The first is by means of medical trials, often sponsored by pharmaceutical companies and then conducted by […]

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Coordinating care in the medical neighbourhood

Prof Morgan Chetty Part I – Introduction to the concept of medical neighbourhoods The ‘medical neighbourhood’ is the latest concept within healthcare reform. The ultimate goal is highly effective, efficient primary care practices that are coordinating care in an integrated fashion. Attention has been focused on strengthening primary care by creating patient-centred medical homes. The […]

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Mesh in vaginal pelvic floor surgery

Claire Smith, Editor of Medical Chronicle, recently interviewed Dr Etienne Henn, Head of Urogynaecology at Universitas Hospital, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. Here is what he has to say about the use of vaginal mesh in pelvic floor surgery. Vaginal mesh is used for the repair of pelvic organ prolapse. It has been used […]

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Self-testing in SA

Claire Smith, Editor of Medical Chronicle recently interviewed Brad Mears, Managing Director for Atomo Diagnostics Africa division about the current HIV landscape and the potential for self-testing with rapid diagnostic tests. “In the information age that we are now living in, there is greater opportunity for more patient empowerment. Patients have become better informed with […]

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