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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…

Fake drugs negatively impact growing AMR trend

15 Apr 20  
Fake drugs negatively impact growing AMR trend…

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.…

Government intent on destroying private health insurance to pave the way for NHI

10 Jan 20   FMF
JOHANNESBURG – With the recent announcement by the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) that no Low-Cost Benefit Options (LCBO) will be allowed for low-income consumers and no health insurance products will be allowed beyond March 2021, South Africans a…

Removal of low-cost health plans prejudices low income workers

17 Dec 19   Michael Settas
Last week the Council for Medical Schemes published Circular 80 of 2019, which bans low cost benefit options.…

How other countries manage universal health coverage

05 Dec 19   Michael Settas
The National Health Insurance (NHI) roadshow of public hearings by parliament’s health committee kicked off in KwaZulu-Natal on November 22 and is expected to roll out nationally during early 2020.…

How will the NHI Impact the Private Health Sector?

05 Dec 19   Michael Settas
A short trip down memory lane tells us that when the 1st draft of the Demarcation Regulations (DR) was published in 2012 it effectively banned gap cover products outright – even though gap cover products had already been in existence for around two d…

Proposed NHI throws constitutional caution to the wind

02 Dec 19   Martin van Staden
Manifested primarily in the 2019 National Health Insurance Bill and the 2017 National Health Insurance (NHI) White Paper, the NHI, by relegating medical scheme coverage to “complementary cover”, is infringing on South Africans’ right to access health…

NHI leads to limited funding and denial of care, UK and Canada show

25 Nov 19   Johan Biermann
Imagine a health-care system in which the government decides how many doctors and hospitals there should be, the type of medical procedures and medicines patients may receive, and the number and type of diagnostic technologies (MRI, PET and CAT scann…

Achieving universal health coverage will require innovative new technologies

23 Oct 19  
Discussions at last month’s United Nations (UN) General Assembly served as a stark reminder of the danger United Nations and World Health Organization policies pose to the development of new innovations.…

Low-cost healthcare solutions are vital to hit sustainable development goals

03 Oct 19   Jasson Urbach
As UN member states gather in New York for the 74th UN general assembly this week there will be a renewed focus on sustainable development goals (SDGs).…

Ideologically opposed to the NHI, but knowing why

09 Sep 19   Chris Hattingh
There is nothing inherently moral or immoral in the concept of “ideology”; it is only the content of an ideology that can tell us anything morality-wise. For example, if an ideology is based on coercion, it should be considered immoral.…

Pause the NHI, fix the public health sector first

04 Sep 19   Michael Settas
The frenzied reactions to health minister Zweli Mkhize’s new National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill demonstrates that healthcare is an emotive subject for South Africans, with diverse ideologies and often fiercely opposing principles put forward by var…