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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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Greater support for healthcare advocacy required

As budget cuts and austerity begin to affect all countries and areas of public service, healthcare professionals are increasingly finding themselves in the firing line to advocate on behalf of not only their own patients, but also groups that are being denied their human right to healthcare. According to Dr Jeff Blackmer, director for Ethics, […]

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Practice Management: Medical Chronicle’s Provider Attitude Barometer: What do the results mean to GPs

By Dr Andrew Good, CEO Lifechoice The results of the 2012 Medical Chronicle Provider Attitude Barometer show that despite most GPs indicating that in all likelihood they will always practise in SA, they have concerns with the healthcare industry. GPs are concerned with the quality of the state health system in their area and the government’s focus […]

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