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Three U.S. states introduce personal health accounts as part of government’s Medicaid scheme

11 May 20  
The Oklahoma Legislature is working to create personal health accounts (PHAs) for Medicaid enrolees. Is the United States on the verge of consumer revolution in health care, ask Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Regina Herzlinger, Harvard Business School professor and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute? It is too soon to…

Airline tax to pay for aids drugs

11 May 20  
The United Nations estimates that it needs more than $20 billion by the end of the decade to provide preventive education and medicines to the growing number of people infected with HIV/AID’s. In response, a group of 14 nations, led by France, has proposed a tax on airline tickets that is…

Number of clinical trials declining

11 May 20  
The number of pharmaceutical industry-sponsored clinical trials has been declining since 2002, and the number of principal investigators running trials in the United States has been falling even faster, according to a study by the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. Using information from forms submitted to Food and…

Lessons from Spain: Covid-19 exposed the inefficiency of a National Health Service

07 May 20   Roxana Nicula
Lessons from Spain: Covid-19 exposed the inefficiency of a National Health Service…

Opinion: Nationalising healthcare to save lives in SA, a disastrous consideration

30 Apr 20   Jasson Urbach
Opinion: Nationalising healthcare to save lives in SA, a disastrous consideration…

Opinion: A call for strengthened private and public healthcare systems in time of COVID-19

28 Apr 20   Unathi Kwaza
Opinion: A call for strengthened private and public healthcare systems in time of COVID-19…

Media release: World Intellectual Property Day: IP More Important Than Ever In The Age Of COVID-19

24 Apr 20  
Media release: World Intellectual Property Day: IP More Important Than Ever In The Age Of COVID-19…

Scrapping private health cover a violation of bill of rights

20 Apr 20   Jasson Urbach
Scrapping private health cover a violation of bill of rights…

Researchers find no link between income inequality and health and

15 Apr 20  
New research refutes claims that overall health in a society is negatively affected by inequality of incomes, according to the British Medical Journal. Not to be confused with the well-established findings that higher income is associated with relatively better health and greater longevity, inequality refers to the share of the…

Cyber Healthcare Offers Big Savings

15 Apr 20  
In the USA new companies offering cash-only medical services on the Internet are targeting consumers who want to take control of their healthcare. Two of these start-ups are MedicalDiscounts.com and Simplecare.com, which offer Web-surfers discounts on medical services. These medical locator sites are based on the premise that the Internet’s borderless…

Freeing the drug market

15 Apr 20  
Returning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to its original mandate is an easy way to reduce drug prices without undermining innovation in the industry, says David Gratzer, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Since the 1960s the FDA has required that drugs be tested not only for safety…

Towards quality healthcare for all

15 Apr 20   Eustace Davie
Everyone in SA would like to see the entire population healthy, well nourished, well clothed, well educated, living in nice houses and with all adults earning above-average incomes. Life would be much more pleasant for every one of us. Those who believe that general affluence is impossible and likely to…

Fake drugs negatively impact growing AMR trend

15 Apr 20  
Fake drugs negatively impact growing AMR trend…

Populations exposed to malaria suffer in silence

14 Apr 20   Jasson Urbach
DDT, one of the most studied insecticides, has again come under attack. In May 2009, Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) published The Pine River Statement: Human Health Consequences of DDT Use. This Statement, authored by 15 scientists from the US and SA, summarises information on the health risks of DDT use…

The unknowns of National Health Insurance are exactly what we should be afraid of

11 Mar 20   Michael Settas
It was India’s late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who once said, “Beware of ministers who can do nothing without money, and those who want to do everything with money.”…

Medical training programmes need overhaul to address doctor shortage

28 Feb 20   Jasson Urbach
The South Africa-Cuba medical doctor training programme has been a catastrophic failure, yet during his State of the Nation address, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa will continue to send medical students to the despotic island n…

Why the NHI is bad medice for South Africa

14 Feb 20   Michael Settas
That there is a need to improve healthcare outcomes in South Africa is entirely obvious. Given the horrendous statistics I have shared above, there is tremendous urgency to do so.…

2020 – A healthcare upturn unlikely

28 Jan 20   Dr Johann Serfontein
2019 brought with it a host of healthcare policy decisions, which aimed to stabilise the South African healthcare sector, promoting sustainability.…

Media release: Banning private health insurance denies citizens access to quality healthcare

22 Jan 20  
Hundreds of thousands of people will be stripped of their cover. The entirely predictable consequence is an increased burden on an already over-stretched public healthcare sector, precisely at a time when the country is in fiscal crisis.…

NHI will add to SA’s fiscal and healthcare woes

15 Jan 20   Chris Hattingh
Speaking in KwaZulu-Natal on New Year’s Day, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said that the National Health Insurance (NHI) will put private and public hospitals on par with each other.…