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Guideline tariffs back to the drawing board

The HPCSA’s latest call for more comment on the methodology to be used in creating a new set of tariffs has been met with familiar scepticism by healthcare professionals. On 29 November, the HPCSA announced that ‘upon reflection’, it had decided to withdraw its proposed Guideline Tariffs published in September 2012. Those tariffs were roundly criticised […]

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Litigation: a Killer Epidemic with no Cure?

Concerns are mounting that medical professionals in SA, particularly those in high-risk specialties, could soon be unable to access malpractice indemnity cover as the cost of medical litigation in the country continues to spiral out of control. Last month, UK-based insurer, Lloyd’s, stopped providing indemnity cover for local obstetricians because of escalating costs relating to […]

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Holy Cow! Ghosts at the NHI Conference

SA will have to overcome numerous hurdles before National Health Insurance (NHI) can be implemented, one of which must be to create an environment of trust and cooperation between the public and private health sectors. Health minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, in his numerous speeches on NHI, manages to both inspire and irritate, as he reiterates […]

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Patients Expected to be the Winners in PMB Court Battle

The Board of Healthcare Funders’ (BHF) urgent­ application for a declaratory order as to the ­meaning of the words ‘payment in full’ for Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMBs) as contained in Regulation 8 (1) of the Medical Schemes Act (MSA), was heard in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on 22 and 23 September. A […]

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Private Pricing: Round and Round the Mulberry Bush

In a scenario reminiscent of the era of the late health minister, Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, the private health sector and the Department of Health (DoH) are embroiled in yet another vicious fight over healthcare costs with price regulation again mooted as the only solution to reign in escalating expenditure. Instigated by health minister Dr Aaron […]

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BHF Court Application: SAPPF Joins the Fray

Cost studies undertaken by the SA Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF) in terms of the Reference Price List (RPL) process revealed that the benefits that medical schemes currently pay for Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMB) conditions are a fraction of what they should be. If the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) gets its way and schemes are […]

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The Doctor’s Voice: The Temple of Medical Control

Reading the February issue of Medical Chronicle, one cannot but be overwhelmed by the number of organisations involved in attempting to bring ‘quality of service and knowledge’ to the field of medicine. The Office of Health Standards Compliance will endeavour to ensure that public and private health care and their workers will meet certain standards […]

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