Vital Breast Cancer Drugs Highlight Funding Ethics (Izindaba)

Vital Breast Cancer Drugs Highlight Funding Ethics (Izindaba)

The ongoing reluctance to proclaim two breast cancer drugs proven to slow early disease progression and save lives for specific indications has frustrated State medical oncologists anxious to thrash out a speedy solution, especially in the Western Cape. They are in urgent talks with resource-constrained Western Cape and national pharmaceutical coding committees, whom they say […]

'Opi-Phobia' Among Doctors Leads to Unnecessary Suffering (Izindaba)

‘Opi-Phobia’ Among Doctors Leads to Unnecessary Suffering (Izindaba)

With palliative care the only option for tens of thousands of South Africans, ignorance of the efficacy and correct use of opioids among doctors and nurses and their continuing resistance to the prescription of these drugs are contributing to unnecessary suffering. While it is known that all forms of cancer can create severe pain it […]

NHI Consensus: Fix the Existing System Or Risk Failure (Izindaba) (National Health Insurance) (South African Medical Association)

NHI Consensus: Fix the Existing System Or Risk Failure (Izindaba) (National Health Insurance) (South African Medical Association)

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It’s not often that 360 doctors of varying disciplines, anxiously awaiting the birth of a much-feted infant, agree on the diagnosis and urgent treatment of its severely ailing mother. That’s what happened at the South African Medical Association (SAMA)’s prenatal ‘check-up’ of the impending National Health Insurance (NHI), at Emperor’s Palace in Gauteng […]