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Cutting cost of breast cancer

28 Oct 2021

A more selective approach to referring women with early-stage breast cancer for costly international laboratory tests can create cost savings of up to 20%, and spare many women from the toxicity of chemotherapy, according to a recent publication from the University of Stellenbosch BusinessSchool (USB). – Cape Times (28 October 2021)


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Physios’ bid to halt clawbacks may have devastating effects

28 Oct 2021
The SA Society of Physiotherapy’s (SASP's) bid to the Pretoria High Court to scrap provisions in the Medical Schemes Act that enable schemes to recover claims paid in error will have a devastating effect on the industry if it is upheld by the courts, according to a legal consultant to the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) Business Day (28 October 2021)
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Race against time

27 Oct 2021
According to the Actuarial Society of SA (ASSA) 21.3-m Covid-19 shots had been administered in SA by October 24 , but only 11.56-m adults, or 28.8% of the adult population were fully immunised.
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Aspen launches general anaesthetic production line

25 Oct 2021

 

Durban-headquartered and JSE-listed Aspen Pharmacare, will launch one of the largest general anaesthetics facilities on the continent in the Eastern Cape city of Gqeberha today, reported Moneyweb (25 October 2021). 


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Netcare going strong, despite pandemic

25 Oct 2021

Private hospital group, Netcare, said in a trading update that the challenges of weathering waves of Covid-19 and the ds between waves have impinged on its momentum towards a fullrecovery to pre-Covid-19 levels.


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Aspen sells portfolio of six drugs for R1.8-bn

25 Oct 2021
Business Day (25 October 2021) reported that Aspen Pharmacare, agreed to sell six prescription drugs to Swiss group Acino for R1.8-bn as part of its strategy to refine its portfolio and reduce debt. 
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BUSA looks to court for clarity on mandatory vaccines

25 Oct 2021

 

Business Unity SA (BUSA) plans going to court to seek legal certainty on companies’ right to require their staff to be vaccinated against Covid-19, as part of an effort to speed up SA’s vaccine rollout and ensure workplace safety, reported Business Day (25 October 2021)


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Covid-19 drives hospital admissions up for mental illness

23 Oct 2021

 

According to Western Cape’s top health official, Keith Cloete, the province has experienced a steady increase in the number of people with acute psychotic and behavioural disorders arriving at hospital emergency centres in recent in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.


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Incentives in store to get elderly jabbed

21 Oct 2021

 

Business Day (21 October 2021) reported that government considers using food vouchers, lottery entries and mobile data as incentives to boost the flagging demand for Covid-19 vaccines among people over 60 years before the fourth Covid-19 wave expected in December. 


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Merck’s Covid-19 drug may soon get to the poor countries

21 Oct 2021

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says that millions of courses of Merck’s promising pill for Covid-19 could begin to reach lower-income countries early in 2022 as the charity kicks in as much as $120-m to widen global access to the therapy. The funds will help spur generic-drugs manufacturers, some of which have indicated they could produce as many as 10-m treatments a month, according to Trevor Mundel, president of the global health division at the Gates foundation." – Business Day (21 Otober 2021).

The foundation urged other donors to devote resources to accelerating the rollout of Merck’s experimental molnupiravir to poorer nations if it’s approved.


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COVID-19: The big wave is coming

09 Jun 2020

“It is only a matter of time before the rest of South Africa reaches the surge in COVID-19 coronavirus cases currently being experienced in the Western Cape, experts warn,” reported City Press (7 June 2020).


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