Medical Schemes Amendment Bill waiting for outcome of health inquiry

The health department has effectively de-coupled the amendment bill from the NHI Bill, with the health market inquiry report only expected in March 2019

Netcare cries foul over Discovery executive’s involvement in market inquiry

The involvement of a Discovery Health executive in the Competition Commission's probe into the healthcare market has stirred a hornet’s nest

Free taster of Vitality rewards gets South Africans moving

Participants were offered reward points they could redeem for coffee, smoothies, groceries and gadgets, if they increased their physical activity and improved ...

Medicines regulator warns of severe side effects of two antibiotics

Medication could affect muscles, joints, tendons as well as nervous system

Over 5,000 health staff to be sought in huge recruitment drive, Aaron Motsoaledi says

This is more than double the number of healthcare posts announced in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s economic stimulus package in September

Regulator warns epilepsy drug poses risks to pregnant women

Regulatory authority has banned medicines containing sodium valproate during pregnancy unless no other treatment is available

Cosatu angered by latest NHI delays

One of the most fiercely contested aspects of the bill is the role of medical schemes, which Cosatu wants to see sharply reduced

Cabinet turns down contentious NHI bill

Thursday’s statement makes it clear the cabinet has not given the bill the green light, but it is unclear what its concerns are

Placing new nurses going smoothly, says government

Virtually all SA’s newly qualified nurses have been placed in public sector posts for 2019

US doubles funding to combat SA’s HIV ‘crisis’

US global AIDS co-ordinator says SA will have 10-million people living with HIV by 2030 if it does not find a way to stem the tide of new infections

Men are far less likely to be tested for HIV than women

‘Men come in later and sicker, are less likely to take their therapy and more likely to drop out of treatment programmes,’ says HIV expert Francois Venter

Serially delayed health market inquiry postpones final report to March

The panel has been at pains to show it is taking heed of concerns raised by stakeholders at every step of the way

President’s health blueprint put on hold until January

Cyril Ramaphosa’s ambitions of getting a blueprint for fixing SA’s health system hits a stumbling block

Aaron Motsoaledi says ‘nothing sinister’ in designing NHI Bill

The health minister has rejected recent media articles alleging irregularities in the way the NHI Bill is being processed by the government

DA to seek legal advice on controversial NHI Bill

The hotly contested bill paves the way for the establishment of a central fund that will purchase services on behalf of patients

Contested NHI bill on its way to cabinet, presidency confirms

Civil society groups have called on the cabinet to send the NHI bill back to the department of health and require a more thorough consultation process

Published by Tiso Blackstar and distributed with the Financial Mail on the last Thursday of every month except December and January.