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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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Medical scheme trustee to pay back R1.7m ‘settlement’

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has ordered Adv Boyce Mkize, a former trustee of Liberty Medical Scheme (Liberty), to pay back the R1.7m he had received from the scheme in terms of an illegal settlement agreement, which saw him prematurely resigning from the scheme’s board and agreeing not to assist any regulatory or […]

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Practice Matters: Powerlessness breeds discontent

Prof  Morgan Chetty  I would like to share with you an article written by Linda Gask from Manchester in the UK called ‘Powerlessness, Control, and Complexity: The Experience of Family Physicians’, which reflects many similarities with the trials and tribulations of local primary care practitioners. The message we need to pass along is that in […]

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Retention of medical records

Keeping good medical records is a prerequisite of delivering high-quality, evidence-based healthcare. Equally important is ensuring that records are stored appropriately – it is a doctor’s professional duty to keep sensitive personal data secure, says Sarah Whitehouse from the Medical Protection Society. Many doctors are unaware of how to manage medical records and do not […]

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