As SA wakes from the Zuma nightmare, there are hard lessons to be learnt

Nearly 10 years after the September 2008 recall of then-president Thabo Mbeki, the ANC has recalled another sitting president. History will record these events - Mbeki's 2008 recall and that of Jacob Zuma this week - as a continuum in a chapter of fluctuating pluses and minuses in the national liberation movement's fitful contention with … Continue reading As SA wakes from the Zuma nightmare, there are hard lessons to be learnt

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Interview: Brazilian family medicine doctors visit CCP

Two Brazilian family medicine trainees visited Chiawelo Community Practice (CCP) for two weeks to observe and understand the CCP model and the health system in South Africa. They stayed at the home of Sr Yvonne Katane, team leader of the 16 community health workers, within the community served by CCP. They spent the two weeks … Continue reading Interview: Brazilian family medicine doctors visit CCP

National health insurance will finally see light of day, Cyril Ramaphosa promises

The long-awaited National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill will be submitted to Parliament within the next few weeks, President Cyril Ramaphosa said during his state of the nation address (Sona) on Friday evening, reaffirming the government’s commitment to universal healthcare. NHI is a set of health financing reforms that aim to provide everyone with healthcare services … Continue reading National health insurance will finally see light of day, Cyril Ramaphosa promises

#LifeEsidimeni: Officials could face culpable homicide charges

Those who oversaw the removal of mental health patients could face the full wrath of the law as could those standing by as KZN's cancer care fails. Gauteng health department officials could be criminally charged with culpable homicide for their roles in the Life Esidimeni scandal, says David McQuoid-Mason, a law professor at the University … Continue reading #LifeEsidimeni: Officials could face culpable homicide charges

What might the next-generation electronic medical record (EMR) look like?

What might the next-generation electronic medical record (EMR) look like? Eighty percent of an EMR’s functionality is commodities — maybe more, says Brent James, Vice President and Chief Quality Officer for Intermountain Healthcare. “We call it a services-oriented architecture, where you have patient identification, an electronic master patient index, you have security features, you have data … Continue reading What might the next-generation electronic medical record (EMR) look like?

Do Hospitals Still Make Sense? The Case for Decentralization of Health Care

From their humble origins as charitable almshouses for the poor and destitute who could not afford to receive care at home, hospitals have evolved into large, profitable, expensive, technology-laden institutions at the epicenter of the health care universe. Almost every community has at least one general centralized hospital, and most have more than one — … Continue reading Do Hospitals Still Make Sense? The Case for Decentralization of Health Care

Time’s up: Jacob Zuma has resigned

In an address to the nation late on Wednesday evening, President Jacob Zuma announced his resignation. “I have ... come to the decision to resign as the president of the Republic with immediate effect,” he said. According to the Constitution, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa now acts as president until parliament convenes to elect a new … Continue reading Time’s up: Jacob Zuma has resigned