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Tuesday | 21 January | 2020 The eight issues that will define SA’s healthcare in 2020

According to the online publication Spotlight, 2020 will be a year of critical importance for South Africa’s healthcare. Spotlight formulated eight questions to explain exactly what is at stake this year and the challenges that should be addressed. Will South Africa gain legal certainty and political direction when it comes to medical litigation?  The debate on how to tackle the dilemma of the department’s medical litigation in the best possible way, will be discussed in parliament this year, and pending the outcome possibly also in the courts.   Will there be high-profile prosecutions and charges against corruption in the public
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Tuesday | 10 September | 2019 Cannabis and health care in South Africa

By Reon Janse van Rensburg In 2018, the Constitutional Court in South Africa ruled that the use of cannabis is legal for both personal and medical use. However, it is still unlawful to use it outside of your private home as well as buying and selling it. There is one exception which is mentioned later. Before the ban was lifted in 2018, advocates applied pressure to the government to amend the acts to allow for exemption for medical use, religious practices, and other purposes. The ban existed from 1922. The Afrikaans word “dagga” comes from the Khoi-Khoi word dacha which
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Wednesday | 21 August | 2019 Solidarity: All avenues are considered to fight NHI

Solidarity announced today that it is considering all avenues to fight the damaging effects the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI) will have.   Morné Malan, Senior Researcher at the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI) explained: “The NHI in its current format is heading for an unquestionable disaster. All medical practitioners, taxpayers and South African citizens will be affected negatively by this. Therefore, we undertake to use all resources at our disposal to combat the impact of it.”   Solidarity will provide input at any public participation process to address the bill’s shortcomings but will also prepare accordingly if the
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Monday | 11 February | 2019 SONA’s confirmation of NHI bad news for health practitioner’s and all South Africans

Solidarity’s Occupational Guild for Health Practitioners today expressed their deep-seated concern about President Ramaphosa’s statement that the NHI Bill will be submitted to Parliament soon. This follows after a version of the bill was rejected by the cabinet at the end of last year due to various deficiencies. It also provoked heavy criticism with regard to funding, especially from the Treasury. Morné Malan, Senior Researcher at the Solidarity Research Institute, explained that despite the fact that the final version of the bill is not yet available, one can reject such a policy from the outset. “The fact remains that nationalised
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Wednesday | 22 August | 2018 The position of private specialists under NHI

By Reon Janse van Rensburg Solidarity Crisis Summit 21 August 2018 – National Health Insurance Speaker : Dr Chris Archer SAPPF Dr Chris Archer holds a BSc (Med), MBChB, a FCOG, and is a qualified obstetrician and gynaecologist in private practice. He currently holds positions as Chairman and Director at GMG Ltd, and he is the CEO of the South African Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF). Universal Health Coverage as defined by the World Health Organisation is “the progressive development of a health system, including its financing mechanisms, into one that ensures that everyone has access to quality, needed health services,
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Wednesday | 01 August | 2018 Hospital CEOs urged to improve revenue collection

01.08.2018 – Health-enews LIMPOPO – Treasury MEC Rob Tooley says effective revenue collection strategies in the Department of Health were needed as millions remained uncollected in the province. The Limpopo Department of Health is sitting on up to R600-million in outstanding debts, which national treasury says is due to inefficient billing systems, patient details being incomplete, the late rendering of accounts, the late processing of bills and a lack of support by senior management to increase revenue collection. Tooley said a provincial Treasury summit aimed to unlock revenue collection potential and improve revenue management and accountability and also to develop
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Wednesday | 01 August | 2018 Medical implant sector ripe for 3D printing disruption

27.07.18 – bizcommunity Medical technology which is often expensive at the time of market entry becomes cheaper over time. But 3D printing in medicine has started to revolutionise the field, especially with its rapidly declining costs and increased accessibility of the technology. It is the technology that makes it more cost-effective. Although considerably costlier than existing implant solutions, the precision of end-product is what ensures the success of the 3D-printed medical devices. Because its designed from the thoroughly analysed digital model, 3D implants leave no room for error as compared to the traditional techniques which usually require additional processing adding
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Wednesday | 01 August | 2018 What is the deal with ‘swine flu’ in Pretoria?

– 30.07.2018 – The Citizen A Moot woman has been the latest casualty in the H1N1 virus outbreak, reports have claimed. It was reported that the woman was admitted to hospital complaining of flu-like symptoms later diagnosed as swine-flu. She later died due to severe lung damage. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said 536 influenza cases had been treated from May to the second week of July and “the majority – 523 or 97.6% – have been influenza A (H1N1) pdm09, the strain sometimes incorrectly referred to as swine flu”. According to the NICD, the current influenza season
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Tuesday | 31 July | 2018 New Diagnostic Blood Test Developed for Concussions

30.07.2018 – ehealthnews US-based biotech company, Banyan Biomarkers, Inc. has developed the first blood test that can be used by physicians to objectively aid in the evaluation of patients with suspected traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussions. The Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator® (Banyan BTI™) consists of two diagnostic test kits, Banyan UCH-L1® Kit and Banyan GFAP® Kit, which measure two specific protein biomarkers that rapidly appear in the blood after a brain injury. According to the developers, the Banyan BTI can be used to rule out the need for a head CT scan in patients 18 years of age and
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Tuesday | 31 July | 2018 The robot will see you now: could computers take over medicine entirely?

29.07.2018 – The Guardian Like all everyday miracles of technology, the longer you watch a robot perform surgery on a human being, the more it begins to look like an inevitable natural wonder. Earlier this month I was in an operating theatre at University College Hospital in central London watching a 59-year-old man from Potters Bar having his cancerous prostate gland removed by the four dexterous metal arms of an American-made machine, in what is likely a glimpse of the future of most surgical procedures. The robot was being controlled by Greg Shaw, a consultant urologist and surgeon sitting in
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