Despite its flaws, the NHI is good for South Africa

Since 1994 South Africa has invested substantial resources in health care services. As a result, it’s has made significant health gains. For example, nearly 4 million people get HIV treatment and mother-to-child transmission has nearly been eliminated.   Service delivery has also been significantly expanded to more than 4 000 health facilities. And there’s been … Continue reading Despite its flaws, the NHI is good for South Africa

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Prescribing a remedy for loneliness

“The consequences of loneliness are enormous,” says NEJM Catalyst Leadership Board Founder Tom Lee. What should clinicians do for patients for whom social isolation and loneliness is the biggest social need? When people feel down and don’t have anything to do — especially as they age and have to give up certain activities — clinicians might not … Continue reading Prescribing a remedy for loneliness

10 major points revealed by the Competition Commission’s private healthcare probe

Following the release of the Competition Commission's provisional Health Market Inquiry into the South African private healthcare sector, many concerning issues have been raised. Of the several investigations into many facets making up the sector, pricing and value-for-money services were major bones of contention. The inquiry, which has taken the commission four years to put … Continue reading 10 major points revealed by the Competition Commission’s private healthcare probe

South Africa program takes health systems science international

Now being studied in more than 25 US-based undergraduate and graduate medical education programs, Health Systems Science (HSS) began as a collection of concepts. When grouped together, those concepts—the study of health care delivery systems, value, quality improvement, teamwork in health care, etc.—became the third pillar of medical education. A 2016 textbook, Health Systems Science, offered the … Continue reading South Africa program takes health systems science international

Three in 10 South Africans will need medication for mental health

About three in every 10 South Africans over 60 will need medication for mental health in the future. Professor Felix Potocnik from the South African Society of Psychiatrists (Sasop) said South Africa was one of the fastest-ageing countries in Africa but differentiated between normal ageing and impaired mental health. “Often depression and dementia are under-diagnosed‚ … Continue reading Three in 10 South Africans will need medication for mental health