We answer seven burning questions about the NHI Bill

1. Will you be able to say "thanks, but no thanks"?  If the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill is passed in its current form, the NHI will be compulsory, regardless of whether you also belong to a private medical aid. So, opting out won't be possible. The Bill says the NHI, which will be like a big, state-funded … Continue reading We answer seven burning questions about the NHI Bill

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Healthcare education in need of a revamp – Study panel

South Africa spends R12 billion (US$880 million) on health sciences education every year but despite producing excellence “in certain areas”, the general picture is one of fragmentation, weak coordination and governance, leading to inefficient use of resources which affects quantity, quality and relevance of healthcare education and training, according to a recent Academy of Science … Continue reading Healthcare education in need of a revamp – Study panel

South Africa: Nehawu Calls On Department of Health Not to Discard the Dream of Nelson Mandela

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union [NEHAWU] calls on the Department of Health not to discard the dream of Nelson Mandela of training future doctors in Cuba. In 1996 Former President Mandela and Fidel Castro signed an intergovernmental cooperation agreement on health which made provision for mass training of South African doctors in … Continue reading South Africa: Nehawu Calls On Department of Health Not to Discard the Dream of Nelson Mandela

South Africans paying too much for private healthcare: watchdog

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africans are paying too much for private healthcare, the country’s antitrust watchdog said on Thursday, adding patients are sometimes prescribed treatments they don’t need by an industry with limited competition. Presenting its findings of a four-year investigation into the sector, the Competition Commission said private health providers sometimes recommended pricey treatments … Continue reading South Africans paying too much for private healthcare: watchdog

Health probe confirms what we already know: we’re getting a bad deal

Consumers are spending more and more on medical aids, while getting less and less in return. At the same time, competition, which usually drives down prices, is lacking in the private health sector. These are some of the findings of the four-year extensive investigation in the private health sector by a senior panel appointed Competition … Continue reading Health probe confirms what we already know: we’re getting a bad deal

‘Private healthcare not affordable, even for people who are supposedly rich’

The findings of the Competition Commission’s Health Market Inquiry released today reveal what Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says he already knew – that private healthcare has become so exorbitantly expensive, even those on medical aid can’t afford it. Moreover, the commission found – during its more than four-year-long investigation – that the market was characterised … Continue reading ‘Private healthcare not affordable, even for people who are supposedly rich’

Human-Centered Design and Performance Improvement: Better Together

Performance improvement (PI) has contributed to health care quality and safety gains over the past two decades. Health care organizations pursue excellence by systematically identifying improvement opportunities and implementing initiatives to eliminate defects and enhance existing care processes and pathways. The concepts, principles, tools, and techniques of improvement methodologies have demonstrated value in a wide range of … Continue reading Human-Centered Design and Performance Improvement: Better Together