Medical scheme body presses on with consolidation draft plan

Industry consolidation is in line with government policy on National Health Insurance

Healthcare hotline complaints surge after Life Esidimeni tragedy

The Office of Health Standards Compliance consumer hotline now gets about 300 complaints a month

Irregular health expenses soar to R1.02bn

The Finance and Fiscal Commission notes that four provinces showed little or no sign of improvement in their audits

Gauteng health department pays R521m in medico-legal costs between January 2017 and March 2018

There are a further 1,597 cases before the court, but MEC Gwen Ramokgopa does not appear to be fazed, saying almost all hospitals are affected by medical ...

More listeriosis cases and deaths, but rate slows dramatically

However, more cases could arise because the listeria bacteria can remain in the body for 70 days before signs of illness

North West patients with HIV/AIDS at risk after medicine shortage due to strike

Immunisation of children younger than nine months of age has been cancelled in some clinics‚ due to insufficient supply of vaccines

Rival pharma firms prepare to share results of lung cancer studies, with all eyes on their share prices

Bristol-Myers could lift up to 8% if it can show a response rate 10%-15% better than Merck’s product, Credit Suisse analyst Vamil Divan says

Gauteng paid R103m to law firm that recommended ending Life Esidimeni contract

The DA’s Jack Bloom says payment to Ngcebetsha Madlanga Attorneys was excessive‚ ‘and it is disturbing that much of this was for bad advice ...

Five broken machines mean cancer patients face longer delays at Charlotte Maxeke hospital

The DA’s Jack Bloom also says he is concerned that three of nine consultant posts at the cancer unit are vacant

WHO boosts support to help contain deadly listeriosis outbreak

The World Health Organisation’s increased support is in line with international regulations

‘Backlog fee’ would speed up registration of drugs in SA, industry body says

Pharma firms have expressed interest in this idea, as delays keep hundreds of life-saving medicines off shelves in SA

SA researchers help develop new predictive TB blood test

The test identifies those likely to develop the disease due to close contact with TB patients

Data show sharp rise of cancers and chronic illnesses in SA

Discovery Health notes the growing number of members with more than one chronic disease

Herbex weight-loss claims are unsubstantiated, says ASA

The Advertising Standards Authority agrees with a consumer activist’s complaint about the Herbex product, Fat Attack

Antibiotic guidelines must be enforced in SA as world battles resistant bacteria

A study shows that Cape Town clinics, more often than not, get either the dosage, type or length of antibiotic treatment wrong

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