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The ethics of patient payments

Many private practitioners are faced with the recurring problem of securing payment for services rendered in practice. How does one balance the ethical and legal responsibilities when asking for payment? Not only does the HPCSA forbid payment before a service is rendered, but practically speaking, it is impossible for practitioners to predict the cost of […]

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SA ranked eighth out of 13 countries for healthcare

Philips recently released the SA results of the first edition of its Future Health Index (FHI), an extensive international study which explores how countries around the world are positioned to meet long-term global health challenges through integration of health systems and adoption of connected care technologies. SA received an overall score of 56.7 out of […]

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HPASA positions itself for growing industry needs

Representing the South African portion of a global industry that has witnessed astonishing growth over the last 10 years, the Health Products Association of South Africa (HPASA) has undergone a brand refresh and developed a new market positioning strategy in a bid to prepare itself for a growing number of industry needs. (more…)

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SA child receives stem cell transplant for cerebral palsy

A ground-breaking therapy sees release of SA’s second cord blood unit. A three-year-old South African boy born with cerebral palsy has been accepted into a ground-breaking stem cell treatment programme at Duke University, a prestigious research university in the US. (more…)

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NIPT: Non Invasive Prenatal Testing

How to integrate it into your practice Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is becoming the gold standard in helping pregnant moms learn vital information about their baby’s health. It assesses the baby’s risk for common chromosomal abnormalities, such as Down syndrome and other conditions, and is significantly more accurate and tests for more conditions than older […]

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Dry eye disorders

Dr Hein van Wyk The exact prevalence of dry eye disease is unknown due to the difficulty in defining the disease and the lack of a single diagnostic test to confirm its presence. However, the prevalence of dry eye increases with age and has been estimated at 5% of people under 49 years of age […]

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GPs: Get involved

GPs’ lacklustre involvement with their Independent Practitioners Associations (IPAs) and slow adoption of technology are major reasons for their failure to thrive, even in the current environment. This is the view of Dr Anton Prinsloo, CEO of the Alliance of South African Independent Practitioners Associations (ASAIPA). He was responding to a letter to Medical Chronicle […]

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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 (www.myepdconnectwallet.co.za) 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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Doctors take ownership

                          Widespread disgruntlement among doctors vehemently opposed to the term ‘provider networks’ and ‘managed care’ can be overcome by doctors taking ownership of their governance, resulting in significant benefits to themselves, funders and, most importantly, to patients. This is the view of Dr […]

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Pharmacists reduced to dispensing machines

The latest draft of the dispensing fees published by the Department of Health (DoH) has done nothing to dispel the gloomy outlook for independent community pharmacies, which are fast disappearing from the South African health environment. The National DOH has given pharmacists up until 13 September to comment on the draft. According to Solly Suleman, […]

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