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Tuesday | 16 July | 2019 When you suffer from burnout!

By Bianca Smit “Burnout is a sign that something needs to change.” – Sarah Forgrave The abovementioned statement makes it sound so easy: If things do not work, change them. However, it is not as easy as it sounds. Health practitioners, nurses and social workers make the conscious decision every day to sacrifice their own wellbeing so that they can take care of other people’s wellbeing. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently announced in a press release that burnout is now regarded as a medical condition. This follows shortly after the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SASA) reported in April
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Tuesday | 09 July | 2019 Evidence suggests, NHI dream will be a disaster

Solidarity today expressed its concern about the precarious state of health care in the public sector and argued that the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI), as confirmed by newly appointed Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, will only bring large-scale and far-reaching disaster for South Africans.   Morné Malan, senior researcher at the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI), explained: “Last year, we heard about the Life Esidimeni scandal, the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital crisis, reports from the Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC) indicating that only 1% of state hospitals comply with basic requirements, and we heard about crises in the
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Monday | 19 November | 2018 Solidariteit verwelkom nasionale tesourie as bondgenoot in die stryd teen die radikale implementering van die NGV

16 November 2018 Solidariteit verwelkom die hewige en omvattende kritiek wat die waarnemende direkteur-generaal van die tesourie, Ismail Momoniat, oor die omstrede wetsontwerp op Nasionale Gesondheidsversekering uitgespreek het. Die kritiek het aan die lig gekom nadat 'n skrywe aan die departement van gesondheid uitgelek het. Morné Malan, 'n senior navorser verbonde aan die Solidariteit Navorsingsinstituut (SNI), verduidelik: “Die weergawe van die wetsontwerp wat in Junie vanjaar vir kommentaar vrygestel is, is reeds uit talle oorde gekritiseer. Dit is bemoedigend dat die tesourie nou ook in die kryt klim om die koue water van die realiteit op hierdie ideologiese vlamme te
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Monday | 01 October | 2018 The Sick ANC

The proposed Medical Schemes Amendment Bill and the National Health Insurance Bill tabled by the ANC bring up four issues that will play a very important role in the health of the South African population:   The Minister of Health will take charge of regulating and controlling all aspects of healthcare in South Africa.   The control of the entire healthcare system will be nationalised to the State.   The decision-making pertaining to healthcare will no longer be with the healthcare practitioner and the patient.   The effective employment of healthcare professionals by the State will be brought about by
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Monday | 03 September | 2018 FAMILY MEDICINE AND UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE

The World Health Organisation and World Bank have developed a UHC Monitoring Framework that focuses on the 2 (two) core components of UHC: Coverage of the population with quality, essential health services. Coverage of the population with financial protection. They have also developed certain sets of indicators to the abovementioned 2 (two) core components: Essential services: The set of indicators for service coverage is grouped into four main categories: Reproductive, maternal, newborn & child health Infectious diseases Non-communicable diseases Service capacity, access & health security Financial protection: Regarding financial protection, there are 2 (two) indicators: Disproportionate spending on health (certain
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Monday | 03 September | 2018 UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE

Universal Health Care includes: Financial risk protection, access to quality essential health care services, safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all   NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE What national health insurance is: National health insurance (sometimes called statutory health insurance), is health insurance that insures a national population for the costs of health care and usually is instituted as a program of healthcare reform. It is enforced by law. It may be administered by the public sector, the private sector, or a combination of both. Funding mechanisms vary with the program and country.   What national health insurance
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Wednesday | 22 August | 2018 Our amazing accomplishments and our wonderful future: an economic story

Dawie Roodt took to the podium at yesterday’s crisis summit on the National Health Insurance (NHI), hosted by Solidarity Occupational Guilds for Health Practitioners. He highlighted the story of economy, and the role economy plays in South Africa’s health system. The concept of private property did not exist in the beginning of humanity, and life expectancy was not very long, but that changed over time as we domesticated animals and plants. With animals and plants domesticated, we could concentrate on other things instead of just surviving, like inventing the wheel, having set professions and having a democracy. It was only
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Wednesday | 22 August | 2018 NHI should make the family physician great again, but will it?

Dr Hlombe Makuluma, qualified general medical practitioner and a Certified Business and Executive Coach, has today during the crisis summit about the implications of the proposed National Health Insurance bill, discussed the impact the NHI will have on general health practitioners. Dr. Makuluma said that primarily health care is about health. It is as simple as that. More emphasis should be placed on the role of the house doctor. “Will the NHI make the family physician great again? That is what we should ask.” He also asks what the outcome is of that what we want? It should be health:
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Wednesday | 22 August | 2018 Alternative solutions to NHI

By Reon Janse van Rensburg Solidarity Crisis Summit 21 August 2018 – National Health Insurance Speaker : Mr Bryan Sidders Founder of Prior Mobile Bryan Sidders is the founder and owner of Prior Mobile, currently part of Prior Ditema. Prior Mobile is a unique mobile medical scheme application and includes mobile pre-paid health vouchers that offer simple and low-cost access to health care to those who cannot afford medical scheme cover. Brian has 45 years of experience in the South African health care industry. He also created, designed and manufactured the plastic hospital patient identity band that is used in
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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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