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Call for health professions statutory body to be held accountable

The South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SASA) has partnered with the Federation of South African Surgeons (FoSAS) to demand that the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) be brought to account without delay, after a damning ministerial task team report slated it as being in “a state of multi-system organisational dysfunction”. (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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Market inquiry supported

Stakeholders in the private healthcare sector have reacted positively to the terms of reference (TOR) for the Competition Commission’s (CC) market inquiry in the industry, expressing hope that the investigation would be thorough enough to reveal the true nature of private healthcare costs and lay to rest the many misconceptions and myths around it. Describing […]

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Private health braces for inquiry

The long-awaited inquiry into the private medical sector by the Competition Commission is to finally materialise, following the announcement that Section 6 of the Competition Amendment Act would become effective on 1 April. The announcement by president Jacob Zuma in March came as a surprise to many stakeholders, as the Act has been hanging in […]

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2012 – The Year that Wasn’t

A glance through Medical Chronicle’s 2012 issues reveals a year that was striking in its number of stop-start initiatives, promises made but not kept, inept behaviour and announcements that triggered high emotion, only to wilt like flowers in the desert air. Others, like the NHI White Paper, looked like they might disappear altogether. So seemingly […]

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The Tariff Tango: Led by an Ideology Clash?

The six-year long dance routine in developing an accepted tariff list for private medical practitioners may have as much to do with a clash of ideologies as with a disagreement on what is a ‘fair price’. This is the view of Dr Chris Archer, CEO of the SA Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF). He was reflecting the […]

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HPCSA’s ‘Report a Doc’ Campaign likely to Hike Medical Costs

Both the SA Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF) and SAMA anticipate a rise in defensive medicine following the HPCSA’s launch of its patients’ rights awareness campaign. The campaign, announced in March by Dr Kgosi Letlape, the then acting CEO and registrar of the HPCSA, involves a series of national radio advertisements, broadcast in all official languages, which […]

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Surgical Groupings Unite to Bolster Bargaining Power

Recognising the power of unity when dealing with issues of common interest, surgical societies, associations and affiliated groups have established an umbrella organisation tasked with representing them in negotiations with government, medical schemes and other stakeholders in the healthcare industry. The main objective of the Federation of South African Surgeons (FoSAS) is to foster cooperation […]

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Private Sector to Tackle Lack of Human Resources, Management Skills in State

A public health enhancement fund that will see roleplayers from across the private healthcare spectrum coming together to work with the Ministry of Health on projects aimed at building human resources and management capacity in the public health sector is to be launched later this month. Describing the establishment of the fund as ‘a breakthrough […]

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