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Union goes to court today over ‘death trap’ building

September 21, 2018

The Department of Health (DoH) and Public Works will go to court on Friday to fight a case laid against them by the Public Servants Association (PSA) about the beleaguered Civitas building in Tshwane.

Findings of private health inquiry to be dumped?

September 10, 2018

There is a risk that the Health Market Inquiry’s recommendations on the private health sector will be disregarded by government as they do not align with the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, warn health activists. But are the two mutually exclusive? And what are the government’s plans? HEALTH-E NEWS’ Amy Green finds out.

NHI: It’s not just about the money

July 2, 2018

While the public health system is desperately under-funded, money alone will not fix it. Yet this is the underlying assumption of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, which serves to force the public and private health systems into a hasty marriage.

NHI: Anaesthesiologists looking to leave SA

According to the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SASA), data from their members showed that almost a fifth of the country’s 2826 specialist anaesthesiologists are “vulnerable to move or leave South Africa”.

NHI: Hard to outlaw private healthcare

June 28, 2018
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Despite government’s intention to introduce a single health system with compulsory contributions from all working South Africans, it may be impossible to outlaw private healthcare.

New medical schemes Bill intended to “protect” beneficiaries

June 22, 2018

On Thursday Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi released to the public the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill which seeks to abolish co-payments, waiting periods, late-joiner penalties and the use of brokers in the industry.

Massive changes proposed to private medical schemes

June 22, 2018

Two new Bills signal government’s intention to restrict private medical aids and exercise more central control over public health as it moves to establish a single health system by 2026.