Leaked Treasury letter shows government rifts over NHI

A leaked letter and its annexure specify a number of ‘major problem areas’ and legal concerns with the current version of the National Health Insurance Bill.  Presidential Adviser Dr Olive Shisana and Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi appear to have sidelined senior Department of Health and Treasury officials in preparing a new version of … Continue reading Leaked Treasury letter shows government rifts over NHI

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State switches tack to entice private sector GPs

The health department is looking for new ways to entice private-sector general practitioners (GPs) to provide their services under the National Health Insurance (NHI), after a lacklustre response to its attempts to get them to work in state facilities. Only 250 private-sector GPs were contracting with the state at the end of March, according to … Continue reading State switches tack to entice private sector GPs

New Marketplace Survey: Transitioning Payment Models: Fee-for-Service to Value-Based Care

In a survey of the NEJM Catalyst Insights Council in July 2018, sponsored by Optum, 42% of respondents say they think value-based reimbursement models will be the primary revenue model for U.S. health care. Indeed, this transition is already happening. Respondents report that a quarter of reimbursement at their organizations is based on value, on average. … Continue reading New Marketplace Survey: Transitioning Payment Models: Fee-for-Service to Value-Based Care

LANCET: Global, regional, and national comparative risk assessment of 84 behavioural, environmental and occupational, and metabolic risks or clusters of risks for 195 countries and territories, 1990–2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017

Summary Background The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD) 2017 comparative risk assessment (CRA) is a comprehensive approach to risk factor quantification that offers a useful tool for synthesising evidence on risks and risk–outcome associations. With each annual GBD study, we update the GBD CRA to incorporate improved methods, new risks … Continue reading LANCET: Global, regional, and national comparative risk assessment of 84 behavioural, environmental and occupational, and metabolic risks or clusters of risks for 195 countries and territories, 1990–2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017

Health department changes tack to woo private-sector doctors

The health department is looking for new ways to entice private-sector general practitioners (GPs) to provide their services under the National Health Insurance (NHI), after a lacklustre response to its attempts to get them to work in state facilities. Only 250 private-sector GPs were contracting with the state at the end of March, according to … Continue reading Health department changes tack to woo private-sector doctors

GEMS opposition to merging with other schemes

The principal officer of the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) has warned against the state’s plans to merge it with other schemes for public servants, saying consolidation will require careful planning and consultation with unions. Business Day reports that Dr Guni Goolab was reacting to a discussion document released by the Council for Medical Schemes, proposing the consolidation of all … Continue reading GEMS opposition to merging with other schemes

All sectors need to embrace digital economy to spur economic growth

As we moved to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s investment summit on the back of the jobs summit held last month, the department of telecommunications & postal services has been soliciting the views of information and communications technology (ICT) sector stakeholders on how the sector can contribute to a more positive investment environment, thereby stimulating much-needed economic … Continue reading All sectors need to embrace digital economy to spur economic growth