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Minister lashes out at private heathcare beneficiaries

19 Apr 2024
At a national election debate, organised by the Mail & Guardian, Parks Tau, Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional affairs, lashed out at the private healthcare sector for criticising the NHI Bill, calling it resistance from those who are indirectly subsidised by the government. (19 April 2024)
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Discovery Life claims back to pre-Covid levels

19 Apr 2024
“Discovery Life distributed R10.3bn to its clients, a decrease from the R11bn paid the previous year,” reported Business Day (19April 2024)
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HIV drug flagged for reports of resistance

17 Apr 2024
Although the antiretroviral drug dolutegravir has significantly improved HIV treatment in SA, emerging concerns about dolutegravir resistance have been noted, particularly among patients with high viral loads and those who have previously failed other treatments – Spotlight 17 April 2024.
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Medical scheme sector stable despite challenges

17 Apr 2024
Despite facing numerous challenges, SA’s medical schemes industry has remained stable, according to a recent analysis by financial services group Alexforbes. – Business Day (17 April 2024)
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NHI tax hikes are coming

17 Apr 2024
The Minister of Health, Joe Phaahla, confirmed that “possible tax amendments will be introduced through a Money Bill by the Minister of Finance as and when appropriate and earmarked for use by the Fund”. - BusinessTech (15 April 2024).
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‘Don’t blame Cuban doctors’

16 Apr 2024
“The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng has expressed disapproval of the Gauteng regional health department’s decision to hire Cuban doctors, despite the high unemployment rate among local doctors,” reported The Citizen (16 April 2024).
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Hundreds of websites found selling fake weight-loss drugs

16 Apr 2024
Reuters reported on 15 April that the cybersecurity company BrandShield has shut down over 250 websites selling counterfeit versions of popular drugs used for weight loss and diabetes treatment within the GLP-1 class.
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SAHPRA recalls two batches of Benylin paediatric syrup

16 Apr 2024
Two batches of the Benylin paediatric syrup have been recalled by the South African Health Products Authority SAHPRA, following an alert by the Nigerian National Agency for Food and Drug Administration. – EWN (15 April 2024).
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BHF pushes for NHI improvements

15 Apr 2024
Without significant improvements in the healthcare sector, the scheme may fail and lead to economic consequences, says Dr Rasjesh Patel, the head of health system strengthening at the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF). – City Press (4 April 2024)
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New diabetes tech expensive, but effective

15 Apr 2024
The flash glucose monitoring device, has transformed the lives of many people living with diabetes, reported Times Live (15 April 2024) The device enables continuous glucose monitoring and insulin administration without drawing blood.
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Life Healthcare shakes up its executive|

12 Apr 2024
“Life Healthcare has updated its executive structure following the sale of Alliance Medical Group (AMG),” reported Business Day (11 April 2024).
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RAF bid to appeal judgment on claim requirements

06 Dec 2023
On 5 December 2023 the Pretoria High Court rejected the Road Accident Fund’s (RAF) request to reconsider a previous verdict from November, reported Business Day. “The ruling mandated eliminating the stringent new requirements for filing claims outlined in a 2021 board notice.”
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Covid-19 vaccines: ‘Health Department squandered the opportunity’

07 Sep 2023
“Health activists are right to draw attention to this grossly unfair situation. (Covid-19 vaccine deals) But the far bigger scandal is that the Health Department squandered the opportunity after spending an estimated R14-bn on Covid-19 jabs and belatedly filling its warehouses with enough doses to vaccinate the nation” – Business Day (7 September 2023).
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EDITORIAL: Health Minister must halt care crisis

20 Jan 2023

NHI, the government’s plan for universal health coverage, rests heavily on nurse-led care. Yet where these nurses will come from is a mystery. – Editorial (Business Day 20 January 2023).
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Study raises concerns about quality of hospital meals

12 Jan 2023

According to a study of meals served at Cape Town hospitals the food served to hospital patients are way below the health department “ration scale” and patients’ energy requirements, reportedFinancial Mail (12 January 2023).
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