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Medical cannabis – myths vs facts

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) notes the significant developments made in relation to medical cannabis in South Africa. However, SAMA would like to warn the public that the proposed amendments to allow for medical marijuana will be implemented along strict guidelines. (more…)

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Frozen posts just political semantics

According to SAMA, political semantics around what constitutes a ‘frozen post’ need to be put aside so that the National Health Department and Treasury can address the real issue of funding and protecting critical healthcare posts now falling victim to increasing tight austerity measures. (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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Mixed reactions to PMB draft amendments

While medical schemes have welcomed the draft amendments to Regulations 5 and 8 of the Medical Schemes Act (MSA), pertaining to prescribed minimum benefits (PMBs), both the SA Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF) and the SA Medical Association (SAMA) have voiced concerns about the proposed changes. The two bodies represent the majority of healthcare professionals in the […]

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CON: Mixed reaction

There has been mixed reaction to the publication, a decade after it appeared in the National Health Act, of the proclamation that a Certificate of Need (CON) is now enforceable. The potentially groundbreaking legislation applies to both the public and the private sector and makes it illegal to build, establish, modify or acquire a health […]

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Conditional support of market inquiry

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has welcomed the appointment of panellists for the Competition Commission’s (CC) recently announced inquiry into the private healthcare industry. “Apart from the inclusion of one panellist who has strong links with the funding industry, we are of the view that the panel is well balanced,” it said. SAMA hopes […]

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