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Spotlight on NHI: Focus should be on building the public healthcare system

Spotlight on NHI: Focus should be on building the public healthcare system

As a strategic purchaser the NHI should be expressly pro-public sector and strategically focus on building capacity in under resourced areas such as clinics and hospitals in poorer urban communities and in rural facilities, writes Dr Lydia Cairncross. ...
Spotlight on NHI: Why NHI should focus on cutting costs in the private sector first

Spotlight on NHI: Why NHI should focus on cutting costs in the private sector first

The focus of NHI needs to shift from talking about fixing the public service first, to saving money first and especially in the private sector, argues John Ashmore. ...
Health department considering private sector reforms

Health department considering private sector reforms

Amy Green asked the Department of Health and others what happens next following the release of a landmark report into private healthcare in South Africa. ...
Spotlight on NHI: Why an Office of Health Products Procurement?

Spotlight on NHI: Why an Office of Health Products Procurement?

The Office of Health Products Procurement is a new entity introduced in the 2019 version of the NHI Bill. Nkululeko Conco asks what it will mean for procurement under NHI. ...
Spotlight on NHI: Why private sector reforms are essential to making NHI work

Spotlight on NHI: Why private sector reforms are essential to making NHI work

Government’s National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill is not the only roadmap to quality healthcare for all in South Africa. The Health Market Inquiry into the private healthcare sector report points the way toward an alternative, possibly more effective, approach. ...
Landmark report slams poor regulation of private healthcare sector

Landmark report slams poor regulation of private healthcare sector

Government has failed in its duty to regulate the private health sector which is “neither efficient or competitive”, according to the Competition Commission’s report on the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) into the private sector. ...
Don’t get stuck in HIV triumphalism, warns Linda-Gail Bekker

Don’t get stuck in HIV triumphalism, warns Linda-Gail Bekker

Now is not the time to get stuck in complacency and triumphalism over the gains made in the global HIV/Aids response, says former president of the International Aids Society Prof Linda-Gail Bekker. ...
Spotlight on NHI: Could NHI fix emergency medical services?

Spotlight on NHI: Could NHI fix emergency medical services?

The shortage of prompt, dependable, quality ambulance services in much of South Africa is a national crisis. Might NHI offer a solution? ...

IN FOCUS: #Vote4Health

In this series we will take stock of the state of healthcare services in South Africa 25 years into democracy.

Posted about Treatment in 2017

#Vote4Health: Healthcare after the elections

#Vote4Health: Healthcare after the elections

Who will be South Africa’s next Minister of Health and what will be the impact of May’s national and provincial elections on South Africa’s ongoing health crisis? ...
#Vote4Health: Lusikisiki push for condoms in schools

#Vote4Health: Lusikisiki push for condoms in schools

In Luskikisiki in the Eastern Cape girls as young as 11 years old are falling pregnant and becoming HIV-infected, prompting renewed calls by the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) that government condoms are distributed at primary schools. Biénne Huisman attended a community meeting in Lusikisiki. ...
Spotlight’s Vote4Health

Spotlight’s Vote4Health

In the run-up to South Africa’s general elections in May 2019 Spotlight will be publishing a series of articles under the banner #Vote4Health. ...
#Vote4Health: New hope as Lusikisiki finally gets a new clinic

#Vote4Health: New hope as Lusikisiki finally gets a new clinic

In Lusikisiki, in the OR Tambo District of the Eastern Cape, the so-called Village Clinic had become emblematic of a faltering health system, in a rural area fraught with chronic illness and early death due to rapidly-spreading HIV and tuberculosis. Biénne Huisman went to Lusikiki to take the community's temperature. Photographs, Halden Krog. ...

Videos

Cry Ndlovu Cry

Cry Ndlovu Cry

Ndlovu Care Group and patients have been at the centre of a battle with the Limpopo health MEC who ended the contract and wants the almost 4 000 healthy HIV patients transferred to battling state clinics. ...
VIDEO: #FireBenny

VIDEO: #FireBenny

The Treatment Action Campaign and partners recently held a meeting to establish the Free State People’s Health Coalition. More than 500 TAC members also took to the streets and delivered memorandums to the police and National Prosecuting Authority demanding an update on the charges against Health MEC Dr Benny Malakoane. This is a short clip of … Continue reading "VIDEO: #FireBenny" ...
VIDEO: The Price of Gold

VIDEO: The Price of Gold

  Judgment in the historic Silicosis Class Action, Bongani Nkala and 55 Others v Harmony Gold Mining Company Ltd and 31 Others, will be handed down in the South Gauteng High Court tomorrow (Friday 13 May 2016) at 9am. If the class is certified it will be the largest class to ever be certified in South Africa and … Continue reading "VIDEO: The Price of Gold" ...
VIDEO: TB Aware: Nulda Beyers

VIDEO: TB Aware: Nulda Beyers

TB scientist Professor Nulda Beyers speaks about the critical needs to employeers to enable employees to get tested and treated for TB. Credit: Thom Pierce ...

 

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