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Improving South Africa’s health sector

As SA moves towards rolling out universal health coverage (UHC) through the implementation of a National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, the focus remains on the viability and sustainability of such a system in a country burdened by a myriad of health and socio-economic challenges. (more…)

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No confidence in NHI

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi may be punting that “primary healthcare will be the foundation and heartbeat of the country’s health system,” but without getting SA’s medical professionals on board he’s missing one of the most important cogs in the wheel. (more…)

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No confidence in NHI

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi may be punting that “primary healthcare will be the foundation and heartbeat of the country’s health system,” but without getting SA’s medical professionals on board he’s missing one of the most important cogs in the wheel. (more…)

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Lessons from KZNMCC

Prof Morgan Chetty The KZNMCC Conference is the largest doctor-coordinated conference in SA and it recently attracted some of the most influential and respected people in the healthcare industry. There were a number of important messages at the event. However, within 72 hours of the conference, low-option schemes and insurance products were to flood the […]

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Taking the Gap: Contracting with Government 101

Dr Ron Kemper Since so many doctors seem hell-bent on getting involved in NHI, perhaps it would be a good idea to ensure that they know how to do it. They will only get one shot at it and will have to live with the deal they make for as long as their contract runs. When […]

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Fixing the long and rocky road to rural health improvement

In order to survive SA’s transition to NHI, the private sector will have no choice but to get involved in the delivery of health services in the public sector, particularly in underserviced rural areas. Although detail on how the system will be funded is still outstanding, there is no doubt that it will bring an […]

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CMS ‘muzzled’ over NHI articles

Healthcare commentators have sounded the censorship alarm after the sudden removal from the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) website of its March 2013 newsletter, entitled: ‘What’s troubling South Africa’s healthcare system?’ The Council initially claimed the removal was due to ‘technical problems’ but later, its head of stakeholder relations, Elsabe Conradie, told Medical Chronicle that […]

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Joining the dots: The medium-term future of medical schemes

By Liz Still, Freelance Health Researcher/Writer Since the release of the Green Paper on NHI in August 2011, there has been a dearth of follow-up policy from either National Treasury or the Department of Health. South Africans remain in the dark about any details of the ‘health benefit package’ described in the Green Paper or how […]

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