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Worrying healthcare sector trends

EDITORIAL COMMENT: Cape Times, 2 October 2019 A LENGTHY investigation into the private healthcare sector has confirmed worrying trends, including the dominance of three main hospital groups which, the investigation found, had restricted competition in the sector and increased costs. The Competition Commission’s five-year inquiry resulted in the release this week of a report by Justice Sandile Ngcobo. It offers…

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Ramaphosa launches anti-corruption forum ‘to protect the NHI Fund’

Nelisiwe Msomi: Health-e News Service, 2 October 2019 PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa launched the Health Sector Anti-Corruption Forum (HSACF) at the Union Buildings in Tshwane yesterday. The forum is a partnership between government, law enforcement agencies, civil society and health oversight bodies – including the National Department of Health, Special Investigating Unit, National Prosecutions Authority, Section 27 and Health Professions…

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Politicians need to drop hostility to help fix private healthcare

Tamar Kahn: Business Day, 2 October 2019 THE Competition Commission’s Health Market Inquiry, which released its final report on Monday, has told us what many patients who use the private sector already know: prices are rising faster than consumer inflation, expensive tests and investigations are offered at the drop of a hat, and there is no way of…

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Competition Commission To Release Final Findings Of Healthcare Market Inquiry

The commission initiated the inquiry in 2013 amid concerns that only a minority of South Africans could afford private healthcare and that prices were rising above inflation. The commission initiated the inquiry in 2013 amid concerns that only a minority of South Africans could afford private healthcare and that prices were rising above inflation. It…

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Peter Brauer receives Honorary Life Membership off the CLSSA

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They have done it again – Congratulations on an amazing conference

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NHI Summary Updates

NHI Bill Daily Analysis – Introduction The revised NHI Bill was published on 8 August 2019. The South African Private Practitioners’ Forum will be sharing an analysis of the NHI Bill with members, highlighting issues of importance and concern. Funding – Day 1 “PREAMBLE RECOGNISING— – the socio-economic injustices, imbalances and inequities of the past;…

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R1.3 Million First Place Prize For Best Local Social Innovation – Finalists Announced

On Monday, 9 September, SAB announced the finalists of the SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards – one within the medical industry.   Dr Daemon McClunan The OptiShunt Woodstock, Cape Town Dr Daemon McClunan designed the OptiShunt, an implantable device that prevents blindness in glaucoma patients by draining excess fluid out of the eye…

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CLSSA Conference @ Spier

Contact Connect – “It wasn’t only about fitting sclerals!”   True to form, the CLSSA once again laid on a world-class conference. The event was very well attended, and the vibe just excellent. The speakers and workshop presenters were just outstanding! Delegates were sent home with the knowledge that they are well-armed to rise to…

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Lecturer Scoops Health Merit Award

By Nombuso Dlamini Senior Lecturer in Optometry at UKZN, Dr Vanessa Moodley received the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) Health Merit Award at the organisation’s inaugural national conference on 19 August at Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg. The award recognises outstanding performance by individual practitioners. Moodley was nominated by the Professional Board: Optometry and Dispensing Opticians (PBODO)….

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