Public servants must benefit from medical schemes merging, PSA says

Gems principal officer Guni Goolab has expressed caution about the state’s plans to merge Gems with other medical schemes for public servants

State medical scheme GEMS urges caution on merger plans

The principal officer for the Government Employees Medical Scheme has warned about the state’s plans to merge it with other schemes for public servants, saying ...

The GEMS is finally on track to meet reserve requirements

The Government Employees Medical Scheme is to have a 25% solvency ratio for the first time next year — 15 years after it was launched

Health Minister Motsoaledi defends underspending on health insurance

Health mininster Aaron Motsoaledi outlines the reasons behind his department's failure to spend all of its budget

Bill to replace lump-sum settlements for negligence claims with periodic payments draws ire

One critic says that in its current form, the bill will give the courts power to bind government to future payments up to 20 years into the future

Treasury directs unspent NHI funds to filling vacant posts

Over the medium term, 2,200 critical medical posts will be created in provinces, and the number of medical internship posts will expand, according to the ...

Plastic bits found in human faeces

All eight volunteers in a small pilot study found to have passed several types of plastic

Nursing malpractice claims at private hospitals is on the rise

A study finds nursing in private hospitals is not better than in state ones, and ‘profits can’t be pursued at the expense of the patient’

Pharma companies urged to do far more to counter superbugs

Studies have found very high rates of antibiotic resistance in SA

Will the budget help fulfil Ramaphosa’s healthcare promises?

Finance minister Tito Mboweni to give details of the government's healthcare undertakings in the medium-term budget policy statement

Presidency sets deadline for plan to fix public health system

The Presidency acknowledges the crisis gripping the public health system and commits to devise a plan for fixing the sector's ills by early December.

The public needs to keep us on our toes, David Mabuza says about healthcare crisis

Speaking at a presidential health summit, the deputy president said: ‘We need a systemic change that will outlive us and become a gift to the new generation’

Private sector ready to help the state fix SA healthcare, says Busa

Speaking at the presidential health summit, the president and Business Unity SA commit to improving SA’s embattled healthcare sector

Medical schemes regulator probes Discovery and GEMS

An inspection into DHMS and its administrator, Discovery Health, follows allegations that some members’ claims were not being paid in full

Why the NHI is such a big deal

An expert on public governance says the national health scheme is perhaps the most significant social policy introduced since 1994.

Diabetes will be SA’s leading killer by 2040, study shows

South Africans are likely to live, on average, seven years longer in 2040 than they do now, but the country will see only modest improvement in its global ...

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