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Huge financial burden on SA’s TB patients

19 Jul 2024
“More than half of SA’s tuberculosis (TB) patients face catastrophic costs, plunging their households deeper into poverty, according to new research commissioned by the Health Department.” – Business Day (19 July 2024).
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Ramaphosa pushes ahead with NHI amid opposition

19 Jul 2024
In his address at the opening of Parliament, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that plans for the rollout of National Health Insurance (NHI) will go ahead, despite strong objections from the DA and various stakeholders, reported TimesLive (19 July 2024)
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In-home TB testing for faster diagnosis

19 Jul 2024
SA has begun implementing targeted universal testing, offering TB tests to high-risk individuals regardless of symptoms, reported Spotlight (19 July 2024).
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DA tones down criticism of Bill, Daily Maverick 2024

18 Jul 2024
“The ANC and the DA remain divided on the implementation of the contentious National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, but it seems the DA has toned down its criticism of the Bill and won’t be heading to court anytime soon,” reported Daily Maverick 18 July 2024)
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Ascendis Health wins legal battle against TRP

18 Jul 2024
Ascenders Health, valued at just under R500m on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), won its legal battle against theTakeover Regulation Panel (TRP), reported News24 (18 July 2024).
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Eastern Cape’s healthcare system in dire straits

18 Jul 2024
Financial Mail reported on 18 July that theEastern Cape health department has only R1.8bn of its R28bn budget left for 2023 service delivery after accounting for salaries, wage increases, and cost overruns from the previous year.
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Doctors appeal to Transport Minister over unpaid RAF fees

17 Jul 2024
More than 70 medical experts have written to Minister of Transport Barbara Creecy, claiming they are owed money for services provided to the Road Accident Fund (RAF), reported News24 (17 July 2024). Some debts have been outstanding for up to seven years.
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'Esidimeni: some justice, many lessons'

17 Jul 2024
On 17 July 2024, Business Day wrote in its editorial comment:
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Cancer Alliance takes Health Department to court

17 Jul 2024
Daily Maverick(17 July 2024), reported that the Cancer Alliance, represented by SECTION27, has filed a court application against the Gauteng Department of Health for failing to use R784m allocated for cancer treatment. The funds were intended to clear radiation and surgical backlogs in the province.
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NHLS systems still down after cyberattack

17 Jul 2024
More than three weeks after a cyberattack disrupting its operations, the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) is still struggling to restore the system, reported Business Day (17 July 2024)
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New Health MEC faces stiff test in Limpopo

16 Jul 2024
Limpopo’s new Health MEC, Dieketseng Mashego has completed her first month as Limpopo’s Health MEC, reported Spotlight (16 July 2024).
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Positive results from latest Ozempic study

16 Jul 2024
Reuters reported on 15 July that a study by Oxford University, published in the Lancet’s eClinicalMedicine journal, suggests Novo Nordisk’s diabetes treatment Ozempic (semaglutide) may lower the risk of cognitive problems.
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Discovery Life claims back to pre-Covid levels

19 Apr 2024
“Discovery Life distributed R10.3bn to its clients, a decrease from the R11bn paid the previous year,” reported Business Day (19April 2024)
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Hundreds of websites found selling fake weight-loss drugs

16 Apr 2024
Reuters reported on 15 April that the cybersecurity company BrandShield has shut down over 250 websites selling counterfeit versions of popular drugs used for weight loss and diabetes treatment within the GLP-1 class.
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RAF bid to appeal judgment on claim requirements

06 Dec 2023
On 5 December 2023 the Pretoria High Court rejected the Road Accident Fund’s (RAF) request to reconsider a previous verdict from November, reported Business Day. “The ruling mandated eliminating the stringent new requirements for filing claims outlined in a 2021 board notice.”
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