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Medical technology in the spotlight

The South African Medical Association (SAMED) held their annual conference at the end of May in Bryanston, Johannesburg. The event featured many varied speakers on a range of topics around the overarching theme: Taking medical technology to the next level. The following is an overview of the day’s presentations. A word from the DoH Chief […]

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The state of our nation’s healthcare

Dr AM Levin The Gauteng Department of Health (DOH) placed an interesting advertisement in the local newspaper. The purpose was to invite ‘suitably-qualified candidates to study Medicine in Cuba’. One can guess what these overall qualifications were but two stipulations were worthy of note. The first was that the selected candidates would spend their first […]

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A win for dispensing doctors

Dispensing doctors have won the last of their battles to effectively nullify most of the requirements around dispensing licences in the much-contested regulations of the Medicines and Related Substances Act that came into effect in 2003. From this year, doctors with valid dispensing licences will no longer be obliged to renew them once obtained and […]

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Next phase of ICD-10 coding postponed

As medical schemes and providers frantically prepare for the implementation of Phase 3 and 4.1 of the ICD-10 coding system, which would have become mandatory in the beginning of January next year, the Department of Health (DoH)  has announced that it has been postponed to 1 July 2014 due to what it called ‘an extended […]

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Mediclinic Slams DoH’s ‘Flawed’ Analysis of Hospital Costs

Mediclinic has challenged an analysis used by Dr Anban Pillay, the health department’s chief director: health financing and economics, to create the perception that private hospitals in SA are overpriced in comparison to other countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  The private hospital group also called on Dr Pillay to […]

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Outrage Mounting over DSP ‘Illegal’ Dispensing Fees

The Independent Community Pharmacy Association (ICPA) is adamant that the setting of fixed dispensing fees by some designated service providers (DSP) appointed by medical schemes to deliver chronic medicines to their members is illegal, despite assertions to the contrary by the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS). The apparent disregard of regulated dispen­sing fees, finalised in […]

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Health Product Regulatory Changes: More Confusing than Ever?

Four strands of legislative amendments finalised and proposed, were released during the first quarter of 2012. These related to: •  The regulation of health products (devices, medicine, tissue, etc.) •  National Health Insurance (NHI) preparatory work on quality in the form of the Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC) •  The implementation of sections in […]

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Pharmaceutical Industry Seeks Fair and Equitable Benchmarking of Prices

The pharmaceutical industry and other stakeholders have until March to respond to government’s proposed legislation that will see the introduction of international benchmarking of originator medicine prices in SA. The Department of Health’s (DoH) Pricing Committee has called for the urgent adoption of the legislation, which could see an immediate reduction of 10% in the […]

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