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Medical malpractice insurance is a must

Medical litigation is increasing at an alarming rate and all medical practitioners are vulnerable. However, medical malpractice insurance is a difficult liability to grasp, for brokers and clients alike. (more…)

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Dr Dube beats the odds

Dr Charmaine Dube’s life journey has not been easy. As a child, she would listen to her father talk about his life’s ambition to become a doctor, but circumstances made this impossible. However, she would live his dream for him. Charmaine was bright, and did well at school. But money was a problem. High School was […]

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Inside a clinical negligence claim

 Receiving a claim for clinical negligence is a daunting prospect; unfortunately for those working in medicine, it is also increasingly likely. Dr Graham Howarth, Head of Medical Services in Africa at the Medical Protection Society takes you step-by-step through the process. Although most doctors will avoid claims for clinical negligence during their careers, the possibility […]

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What is the GP’s role in disease risk management?

By Dr Andrew Good Several of the major challenges in the South African health system are related to disease. Important diseases that have major effects on life expectancy, quality of life, productivity, and healthcare costs in SA include HIV, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, asthma/COPD and depression. South African GPs need to play a major role […]

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How should I approach contracting with funders?

By Dr Andrew Good, CEO Lifechoice When considering the question ‘How should I approach contracting with funders?’, GPs need to step back, think about the big picture and ask themselves several questions. These are: Who are funders? Traditionally, a private practice’s main ‘funder’ was medical schemes. While this continues to be the case, more and more, the […]

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Practice positioning – Are you trying to be everything to everyone?

By Dr Andrew Good, CEO Lifechoice There is an old adage that says ‘There is no such thing as bad business, just business at the wrong price’. Is this adage relevant to modern-day GP practice? Is this relevant to your practice? Business theory talks about the importance of positioning a business to be successful. Positioning is essentially […]

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Look After your Practice as you Look After your Patients – with Care

Healthcare practitioners in SA are often so focused on providing a service to their patients and managing their health risks that they forget to manage their own risks resulting in many medical practices battling to keep afloat. “Healthcare practices are businesses and the financial health of these practices should be assessed on a regular basis […]

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Do Independent Practitioner Associations Add Value to GP Practice?

In this month’s article in Lifechoice’s series on practice management, we look at the importance of belonging to an Independent Practitioner Association (IPA) and the role required of IPAs in the evolving system. The Google-derived definition of an IPA is a type of ‘physician alliance in which the physicians own the practices’ (as opposed to […]

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