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Doctors back to court over exams (The Citizen 18 October 2021)

18 Oct 2021
Despite a court ordering the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) in August to allow more than 100 foreign-trained SA doctors to write board examinations, the order has yet to be implemented.
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Focus should remain on vulnerable age groups

18 Oct 2021
The National Department of Health announced that children aged 12 to 17 can get vaccinated with one dose of Pfizer in SA from October 20.
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Mediclinic’s elective surgery getting back to normal

18 Oct 2021
Business Day (18 October) reported that Mediclinic’s share price surged more than 11% on 15 October, its best day in 15 months, after the hospital operator said all three of its divisions are now doing elective operations. 
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World Medical Association calls for action on fake medicines

18 Oct 2021
The World Medical Association (WMA) warned that the shortage of medicines during the Covid-19 pandemic has led to the growth of fake and substandard products.
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CMS approves Medipos settlement order

15 Oct 2021
The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) approved the Court Settlement Order, in the matter between the trade union Solidarity, the South African Post Office (SAPO) and Medipos Medical Scheme.
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Exemption for late COVID-19 vaccine claims

15 Oct 2021

In its latest circular (55), the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) thanked the industry for granting an exemption to the National Department of Health (NDOH) to ensure that all COVID-19 vaccine claims are eventually paid, despite these claims being submitted outside the ambit of Regulation 6 of the Medical Schemes Act (131 of 1998) (MSA).


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Discovery Vitality launches a tool to forecast ‘healthspan’

14 Oct 2021

Health and life insurer Discovery has collaborated with research group Rand Europe to develop a new

tool that tells users how much of their projected lifespan they can expect to live in good health and offer

personalised suggestions of how to extend their good years.


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Russia to seek approval for one-shot Sputnik Light in SA

14 Oct 2021

 

Business Dayreported on 14 October thatRussia will seek authorisation from SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) for its single-shot Sputnik Light coronavirus vaccine after a study showed it is 70% effective at preventing transmission of the Delta variant three months after inoculation.


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Physios take medical aid clawback fight to court

13 Oct 2021

Physiotherapists have launched legal action in the North Gauteng High Court against all 79 of South Africa’s medical schemes to adjust clawback audits of accounts which the schemes’ forensic units claim were billed incorrectly and/or fraudulently, reported Daily Maverick (13 October 2021).
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SA firm makes own vaccine

13 Oct 2021

 

A SA biotech consortium is working on a messenger RNA (mRNA) jab based on the Moderna

formula in a ground-breaking drive to end Africa’s lack of Covid vaccines, reported The Citizen (13 October 2021). Cape Town-based Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines is leading a pilot project, backed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Covax initiative, which seeks to tweak Moderna’s revolutionary drug. According to Afrigen’s managing director, Petro Terreblanche, the idea is to have a “super-efficient and safe vaccine that will have a different stability and be suitable to be distributed at a temperature which is feasible for Africa.


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Medical schemes lost members in 2020

13 Oct 2021

 

The Council for Medical Schemes’ latest annual report shows that the Discovery Health Medical Scheme

(DHMS) lost almost 50 000 beneficiaries in 2020; Fedhealth lost 13 015; and Bonitas 12 858.

DHMS remained the biggest medical scheme in the country with 2.8-m beneficiaries at the end of 2020. GEMS had over 1.9-m beneficiaries; and Bonitas 714 989.

Makoti Medical Scheme grew beneficiaries by 20.3%. LA-Health Medical Scheme gained 7.1% members

and Building & Construction Industry Medical Aid Fund’s beneficiaries grew by 5.9%.


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CMS releases its 2020/21 Industry Report – 12 October 2021

12 Oct 2021


The CMS 2020/21 Industry Report revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in claims to the value of R10.10-bn in 2020. According to numbers from the 73 schemes, representing 99.84% of medical scheme beneficiaries 422 894 members of medical schemes were infected with COVID-19 in 2020 and 383 585 recovered with a mortality rate of 3.02%.


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COVID-19: The big wave is coming

09 Jun 2020

“It is only a matter of time before the rest of South Africa reaches the surge in COVID-19 coronavirus cases currently being experienced in the Western Cape, experts warn,” reported City Press (7 June 2020).


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