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#Elections2019: Parties pledge universal health, but lack detail

April 8, 2019
News  

How ‘universal’ is the universal health coverage envisaged by the National Health Insurance scheme? The draft law contains xenophobic rhetoric, but the country’s main political parties offer very few alternatives in the manifestos.

Havoc for foreigners after DoH ‘mistake’

March 5, 2019
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The National Department of Health (NDoH) has distanced itself from an unconstitutional directive it issued to provincial heads of department nearly two months ago instructing that all non-South African citizens pay in full for all health services.

Anti-vaxxers & the return of measles: Is SA immune?

February 18, 2019
News  

Measles outbreaks are devastating countries across the globe, linked to a massive drop in vaccination rates. The World Health Organisation has raised the alarm and ranked ‘vaccine hesitancy’ as one of the top 10 threats to public health everywhere. Is South Africa immune? HEALTH-E NEWS’ Amy Green reports.

SA’s HIV score: ‘A’ for meds, ‘F’ for condoms

January 31, 2019
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While South Africa has increased HIV spending at district level with stellar results, access to condoms has plummeted, according to the latest District Health Barometer (DHB).

Sick building, sick health department

December 13, 2018
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For the past eight months, the national Department of Health has been unable address poor conditions at its head office, Civitas, in part because of a breakdown in relations between the Minister and the Director General.

Health staff shortages make NHI a ‘pipe dream’

December 12, 2018
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Universal health coverage (UHC) or National Health Insurance (NHI) will remain a “pipe dream” if human resources for health, especially in rural areas, aren’t urgently addressed.

Cabinet to decide on NHI Bill in January

December 6, 2018
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Cabinet will convene a special meeting in January to discuss the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, according to government sources.