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Sugar Tax: A small price to pay to save lives

As SA moves towards the introduction of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), the debate continues on whether paying more for these drinks could assist in reducing South Africa’s growing epidemic of non-communicable diseases, particularly obesity and diabetes. (more…)

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Confusion over new ICD10 codes

The Department of Health has added to the ICD10 codes confusion that has plagued the industry for years, by publishing an update to the list in May, which includes some 4000 additional codes. The new sets of codes go into more depth for each Prescribed Minimum Benefit (PMB). Whereas one code was previously used for […]

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Time to reconsider the ‘command and control’ strategy?

Jasson Urbach Can a price regulator react timeously to changes in the market and deliver true benefit to the people? In January this year, the Department of Health issued its annual notice on single exit price (SEP) adjustments for 2013, in which pharmaceutical manufacturers are allowed a maximum increase of 5.8% on what they charge […]

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102 new public hospital CEOs appointed

Health minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has announced the appointment of 102 new hospital CEOs, while a further 16 posts are still vacant. CEOs will commence office on 1 February 2013, and will undergo training, both formal and onsite, through the recently formed Health Leadership Academy. Comprised of preeminent local and international academics and healthcare policy […]

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Practice Matters: Working Together for Better Health

Prof  Morgan Chetty  The shift to managed healthcare heralds a change to the healthcare delivery system. This transition to managed care principles will underpin the proposed NHI system’s emphasis on primary healthcare for the underinsured, uninsured and those who do not have access to basic healthcare services. Also in this mix is the introduction of […]

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DoH Going Ahead with Logistics Fee Cap Plan

The pharmaceutical logistics service provider industry appears to be losing its battle to get the government to revise its decision to cap logistics fees, in line with its agenda to control medicine prices. This follows the publication in the Government Gazette of 18 September of the government’s intention to conclude the logistics fee component of […]

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SACRA Conference Highlights State’s Role to Revitalise Clinical Research in SA

In this article in our series on clinical research, we report back on the recent Clinical Trials Conference hosted by the South African Clinical Research Association (SACRA). In response to the persistent decline in the number of academic clinical researchers over the last 20 years, Dr Lynn Katsoulis, clinical operations manager for Triclinium Clinical Research, provided […]

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We’re Willing to Work but Will We be Paid?

Response from private sector doctors to assist the Department of Health (DoH) by working in clinics situated in its pilot project sites has been overwhelmingly positive, although many have expressed concerns over whether or not they will be paid. Health minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has assured doctors that he does not expect them to work for […]

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Pricing Commission – To Be or Not to Be?

Despite repeated statements by health minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi that he will establish a Pricing Commission for the private health sector, to date there has been no evidence of an intention to go through with it. “The Pricing Commission cannot materialise without stringent legislative amendments,” explained Neil Kirby, a director of Werksmans Attorneys. “However, nothing has […]

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