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Giving sight to sore eyes

28 Jan 2020

An estimated 290 000 South Africans could become blind due to untreated cataracts, according to statistics released by the project Right to Sight. The aim of the project is to enable cataract sufferers from low-income households, as well as those who have been on a public hospital waiting list for over a year, to access sponsored cataract surgery.


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Medical aids grilled over racial profiling

28 Jan 2020

During the resumed inquiry (chaired by advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi) into allegations by African and Indian medical practioners that medical schemes treated them unfairly, a picture was painted ot "schemes turning a blind eye to allegations that their contracted claims administrators racially profiled and abused black doctors when it was time to pay them.," reported The Star (28 January 2020)


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Medical negligence claims against the state soar to R104-bn

28 Jan 2020

Claims for medical negligence against the state have more than tripled over the past four years, rising to a staggering R104.5-bn.

“While only a fraction of these claims is likely to be upheld, provincial health departments have nevertheless faced a four-fold increase in pay-outs to victims of medical negligence over the same Period,” reported Business Day (27 January 2020).


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Clicks pushes its own products

28 Jan 2020

Clicks will prioritise its own branded products in a bid to provide better value to cash strapped consumers, reported Business Day (24 January 2020). A third of Clicks’ products, excluding dispensed medicines, are from its own labels. The company released its trading update for the 20 weeks to January 12, showing retail sales grew 7.9% and total group sales were up 9.9% to R12.9-bn.

 


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Treasury officials warn on NHI

28 Jan 2020

Government has been urged to work more closely with private healthcare providers in rolling out its proposed National Health Insurance (NHI). This follows the Health Systems Trust’s publishing of a review in the annual SA Health Review (SAHR).


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Health departments concerned about budget cuts

28 Jan 2020

Provincial treasuries are cautiously awaiting Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s budget speech in Parliament on February 26. In October Mboweni announced that transfers to provinces and municipalities would be cut by a combined R40.8-bn over the three-year medium-term expenditure framework.


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New HIV vaccine tested

28 Jan 2020
The SA Medical Research Council (SAMRC) is evaluating the safety and efficacy of a number of vaccine components versus a placebo to prevent HIV infection. Researchers are awaiting the approval of the SA Health Products Regulation Authority to continue with the trial – PrEPVacc.
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CMS changes tack on cheaper medical aid options

28 Jan 2020

City Press reported on January 27 that the CMS appears to be having second thoughts about its announcement that certain low-cost medical aid products will be illegal in just over a year. At a meeting with insurers, medical aids and other role players, it said it would continue to develop a framework for a low-cost benefit option, or something of a similar nature. 


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CMS to explain ‘puzzling move’

23 Jan 2020
The CMS invited health insurers, medical schemes and administrators to an “engagement session” to “unpack and deliberate on” the measures set out in circular 80 and a subsequent research note setting out its rationale in circular 82, reported Business Day (23 January 2020). 
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Growthpoint bets on healthcare surge

23 Jan 2020
Growthpoint Properties, SA’s largest real estate group, says it is on track to grow its healthcare fund nearly fourfold to R10-bn in the next five to seven years, through acquisitions and management contracts, reported Business Day (23 January 2020).
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Life CEO hugs Mkhize, enthuses over NHI, then packs bags for Australia

23 Jan 2020
The out-of-the-blue resignation of Life Healthcare CEO Dr Shrey Viranna from has raised eyebrows, as well as sparked some pointed observations on social media, reported MedicalBrief. (22 January 2020)

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Emergency meeting to discuss new SARS-like virus

22 Jan 2020

A Key emergency committee of the WHO will gather in Geneva today (22 January 2020) to discuss a new SARS-like virus spreading across China after it reached three other Asian countries.
In its January 22 issue News 24 published a list of “What we know about the virus”


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Codeine may be restricted to prescription-only

21 Jan 2020
The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) is considering ruling that popular painkillers and cough suppressants are sold on prescription-only, unless the industry can come up with a viable alternative, reported Business Day (21 January 2020). 
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