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Public Private Partnerships will drive the success of NHI

Since the first Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) conference in 1999, the BHF annual conference has attracted a line-up of local and international speakers who have continued to provide local, regional and international perspectives on various issues relating to the healthcare industry. This year’s theme, “Embracing Universal Health Coverage”, has ignited engaging discussions on the […]

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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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