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Getting global fees right

There is some controversy about alternative reimbursement models in the commercial healthcare industry. Global fees contracts – where a single payment is made to a healthcare team to cover all costs including hospitals, either monthly, or for a defined episode of care such as hip surgery – have attracted most of the attention. (more…)

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Call for health professions statutory body to be held accountable

The South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SASA) has partnered with the Federation of South African Surgeons (FoSAS) to demand that the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) be brought to account without delay, after a damning ministerial task team report slated it as being in “a state of multi-system organisational dysfunction”. (more…)

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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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Medical Societies urge action against HPCSA

The South African Society of Anesthesiologists (SASA), Federation of South African Surgeons (FoSAS), the Association of Surgeons of South Africa (ASSA) and the South African Dental Association (SADA), have all joined together to note with concern the intention of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) to conduct its own internal inquiry into complaints […]

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Registration of specialists in family medicine

The HPCSA has given notice that the board may register, as a specialist in family medicine (independent practice) or specialist in family medicine (public service), any person who, prior to 17 August 2007, was registered as a medical practitioner in the category independent practice (family physician) or any person who, prior to 17 August 2007, […]

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HPCSA reiterates warning against ‘Hello Doctor’

The HPCSA has again warned doctors, other healthcare practitioners and the public not to participate in the advertised ‘Hello Doctor’ or any other act of unethical telemedicine, that may be in breach of the Council’s ethical rules and regulations. Despite submissions by Sanlam Health and MTN as well as Hello Doctor, a subsidiary of Metropolitan […]

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Tariffs – back to the drawing board

The beleaguered process to establish a guideline tariff list for healthcare providers has yet again stumbled to a halt after the HPCSA published a new proposed process for what it termed ‘the determination of a set of fees that can be used as a norm or benchmark for what could be regarded as reasonable for […]

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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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