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Public health is in critical condition, and the NHI cannot save it

26 Apr 17
The recent revelations by the Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC) in their 2015-16 inspection report, which was presented in Parliament recently, has raised alarm about the state of the public healthcare system.…

Government’s NHI plan is based on squeezing out private healthcare

20 Apr 17
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has been tasked with an important aspect of the "radical economic transformation" agenda, and that is to nationalise healthcare in SA.…

‘Social solidarity’ stopped actuaries devising policies to suit low-income earners

22 Feb 17   Jasson Urbach
The final demarcation regulations drawing the line between medical insurance products and medical schemes was gazetted by the Treasury in December.…

Why SA should take a leaf out of Egypt’s book on drug approvals

Many problems beset healthcare in South Africa. A most frustrating one is the inability of the drug regulator, the Medicines Control Council, to approve medicines in a timely manner.…

Media release: Alternatives exist to the catastrophic NHI proposal

10 Nov 16   FMF Media Release
When will the media and public wake up to the looming disaster of NHI?…

Business Day column: Beware the ‘fascist incest fest’ that will be the WHO’s COP7 tobacco meeting

09 Nov 16   Leon Louw
Who is WHO? Because of the answer, you should adopt the "brace position" suggested by airlines before a crash.…

Business Day column: Beware the ‘fascist incest fest’ that will be the WHO’s COP7 tobacco meeting

09 Nov 16   Leon Louw
Who is WHO? Because of the answer, you should adopt the "brace position" suggested by airlines before a crash.…

Business Day column: Health minister uses illusion to talk up benefits of the NHI

20 Oct 16   Leon Louw
Despite our differences, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and I have something in common.…

A buzzing economy helps keep malaria at bay

30 Sep 16   Jasson Urbach
EVERY nation gets the government it deserves, the 18th century French philosopher Joseph de Maistre wrote.…

Consumers’ constitutional right to dignity is being eroded

31 Aug 16  
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is planning to rob you of your ability to make your own lifestyle choices as a free adult.…

OPINION: UN is barking up the wrong tree when it comes to access to drugs

20 Jul 16   Jasson Urbach
ACCESS to medicines for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), diabetes and other related diseases will dominate discussions when stakeholders convene at the International AIDS Conference in Durban next week.…

Collaborating with the private sector will assist in building a better public sector

29 Jun 16   Jasson Urbach
Collaborating with the private sector will assist in building a better public sector…

Media release: Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi: "We are now gunning for alcohol advertising"

09 Jun 16   FMF Media Release
In March 2015, at the WHO 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, Minister Aaron Motsoaledi stated: “… About advertising. As you know, in South Africa we have totally banned any form of advertising of tobacco and tobacco products.…

Allow market to dictate medicine prices

08 Jun 16   Jasson Urbach
IN 2014, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi accused pharmaceutical companies of being "satanic" and "genocidal".…

TOBACCO PLAIN PACKAGING – focus of WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY

30 May 16   FMF
“Why do kids need nannies? Because there are certain things which they can’t do for themselves. They need someone to take care of them. We are playing that role…”…

Taxing medical schemes a flawed approach

25 May 16   Jasson Urbach
IN HIS budget vote speech, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi repeated a lie when he asked, "how do we continue to justify a health-care system where 16% of the population, which in essence is the cream of the nation, have pooled their funds together i…