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HASA is coming up

The Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) is the representative body for the majority of private hospitals in South Africa. It hosts its annual congress from 25-27 September at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). (more…)

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PMBs: more data needed on ‘abuse’

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) said more information is needed to support the findings of research conducted by the Health Monitor Company that many specialists are charging significantly and progressively more for Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMBs) than for similar conditions that are not PMBs. Speaking at the release of the 2012 CMS annual report, […]

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Specialist shortage pushing SA closer to edge of ‘healthcare cliff’

When it comes to the shortage of specialists in SA’s medical sector, the country is at the healthcare equivalent of what Obama coined ‘the fiscal cliff’, when he described the US’s financial markets and the urgent need to restructure debt. “We’re about to go over the edge. Why aren’t we having this discussion?” asked Melanie […]

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Partnership Contracting Consultations to Start Soon

The private hospital industry has welcomed the announcement by DG for health, Malebona Matsoso, that her department is getting ready to start consulting with private hospitals on contracting models. Speaking at the Hospital Association of SA (HASA’s) annual conference in Cape Town last month, where universal coverage featured as a core theme, DG Matsoso said […]

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Joining GP Networks: What’s in it for me?

In this article by Lifechoice CEO Dr Andrew Good, we look at what GPs should consider before joining a network and how networks can be used to improve the viability of a practice. Before we discuss whether you should join a network, let’s take a walk down memory lane. Anyone growing up in SA will fondly […]

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HASA to Focus on Universal Access

To encourage dialogue among all stakeholders, to provide the opportunity to engage in the discussions around universal access as a policy goal, and to create a better understanding of the way forward on some practical aspects such as partnerships and resources that are required to ensure the success of the country’s healthcare reform, HASA has […]

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Summit Puts Impact of NHI on Healthcare System under the Microscope

Private hospitals have reconfirmed their support for the implementation of a National Health Insurance (NHI) system in SA but have urged government to recognise the huge role the private sector can play in order to make it successful. Speaking at the recent Third Healthcare Summit in Johannesburg, Hasa chairperson, Dr Nkaki Matlala said research has […]

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Private Pricing: Round and Round the Mulberry Bush

In a scenario reminiscent of the era of the late health minister, Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, the private health sector and the Department of Health (DoH) are embroiled in yet another vicious fight over healthcare costs with price regulation again mooted as the only solution to reign in escalating expenditure. Instigated by health minister Dr Aaron […]

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Hasa CEO Resigns

Hospital Association of SA (Hasa) CEO, Adv Kurt Worrall-Clare, has resigned from the association, with effect from the end of February. He has been with Hasa for 10 years, five of which he served as legal advisor and five as CEO. “During the past decade, the private hospital industry has played an important role in […]

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Nephrologist Convicted, Fined for Illegal Kidney Transplants

The Commercial Crimes Unit in Durban has secured another conviction in the illegal kidney transplant case after nephrologist, Dr Jeff Kallmeyer, paid an admission of guilt fine of R150 000. The 76-year-old Dr Kallmeyer now lives in Canada but previously practised from the Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban where the illegal kidney transplants were […]

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