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 […]
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The National Health Insurance Plan (NHI), due for legislation in June next year, will be phased in one facility at a time over the next 5 years, costing higher-income earners more (via a payroll tax) but in no way limiting their choice of provider.
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 […]
[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 […]
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Two powerful doctor bodies, the Independent Practitioner Associations’ Foundation (IPAF), and the SA Private Practitioners Foundation (SAPPF), are pitching in to help government clean up the primary health care delivery mess.
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Beleaguered public hospitals and clinics, due for a quality assurance ‘make-over’ and continual monitoring in advance of the much-vaunted National Health Insurance (NHI), may emerge little better in spite of strenuous government efforts.
Eager to work in South Africa’s understaffed public hospitals, hundreds of foreign doctors with permanent local residence status have spent two years languishing ‘on ice’ because of executive inaction and official suspicion.