#Vote4Health | Only one of five political parties responds with their plans for KZN Health

#Vote4Health | Only one of five political parties responds with their plans for KZN Health

KwaZulu-Natal is a high-stakes province that seems set for substantial political shake-ups come 29 May. Whichever way the pie gets divvied up though, healthcare is a matter of life-and-death. Ufrieda Ho asked five political parties about their plans for health in the province. Only one responded.

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#Vote4Health | What parties are putting on the table for healthcare in the Eastern Cape

#Vote4Health | What parties are putting on the table for healthcare in the Eastern Cape

Spotlight reached out to different political parties in the Eastern Cape to get their perspectives on how they plan to jack up healthcare in a province where thousands of people still have difficulty accessing healthcare. Only three parties responded. We zoom in on their views on crippled emergency medical services and ballooning medico-legal claims.

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Let’s be pragmatic – the NHI has constructive and contentious aspects

Let’s be pragmatic – the NHI has constructive and contentious aspects

President Cyril Ramaphosa recently signed the NHI Bill into law. The question is whether this will bring South Africa closer towards Universal Health Coverage. Professor Susan Cleary argues that the NHI is a wide ranging reform with both positive and controversial aspects. The key will be to find a middle ground in order to continue on the journey to UHC.

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#Vote4Health | Several political parties dodge questions on how they plan to improve health in Gauteng

#Vote4Health | Several political parties dodge questions on how they plan to improve health in Gauteng

What is at stake in South Africa’s upcoming provincial elections when it comes to healthcare? Ufrieda Ho put questions to five political parties about their plans to get Gauteng Health on track to better healthcare services after the polls. Only two parties responded .

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The Cass Review provides guidance on gender-affirming care: SA’s medical community is now at a crossroads

The Cass Review provides guidance on gender-affirming care: SA’s medical community is now at a crossroads

The question as to the best approach to providing care for children and young people with gender dysphoria or gender incongruence is complex, contested, and controversial, both in South Africa and globally. Following the release of a major new report in the United Kingdom, it is clear that a change of course is needed in South Africa, argue doctors Janet Giddy, Allan Donkin, and associate professor Reitze Rodseth.

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#Vote4Health | What 10 political parties have to say on Spotlight’s top 7 health questions

#Vote4Health | What 10 political parties have to say on Spotlight’s top 7 health questions

Healthcare is an issue that at some point touches everyone in South Africa. It is also an issue that will impact who people vote for on the 29th of May. To help voters understand just what parties are putting on the table when it comes to healthcare, Spotlight pin-pointed seven critical healthcare questions and put them to 10 political parties.

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From rural doctor to MP? “I hope to continue to serve”, says Dr Karl le Roux

From rural doctor to MP? “I hope to continue to serve”, says Dr Karl le Roux

Dr Karl le Roux, former chair of the Rural Doctors’ Association of South Africa, says the time has come for him to take his knowledge and experience to the national political arena. He is now hoping for a seat in parliament on the DA’s ticket. Sue Segar caught up with him.

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A humanist with an unblinking gaze – Professor Ntobeko Ntusi takes the hot-seat at the South African Medical Research Council

A humanist with an unblinking gaze – Professor Ntobeko Ntusi takes the hot-seat at the South African Medical Research Council

Professor Ntobeko Ntusi may be softspoken, but he is not afraid to stand by his strongly held views. As he is set to take up the hot-seat at the country’s primary health research funder, he tells Spotlight’s Biénne Huisman about his background and his priorities for the new job.

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#InTheSpotlight | Diabetes is a leading killer in SA – yet we don’t know who has it or where they are

#InTheSpotlight | Diabetes is a leading killer in SA – yet we don’t know who has it or where they are

Diabetes is the second leading cause of death in South Africa after tuberculosis, according to Statistics South Africa. It is the leading cause of death in women. Yet, despite being a major driver of deaths and illness, we do not have a clear picture of how many people in the country have diabetes or how many people are receiving diabetes care. This leaves our health system ill-equipped to handle the growing diabetes crisis.

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Bob Mash | Three health reforms the new government must prioritise for SA

Bob Mash | Three health reforms the new government must prioritise for SA

To drum up support as South Africans head to the polls, President Cyril Ramaphosa reportedly vowed to “end the apartheid that remains in healthcare” when he hit the campaign trail. Professor Bob Mash has three health reforms on his wishlist for the incoming administration to prioritise.

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Codeine misuse: South Africa set to get new guidelines

Codeine misuse: South Africa set to get new guidelines

In response to high levels of codeine abuse in South Africa, health authorities have been developing a plan to track the supply of the drug from manufacturers all the way to patients. In this Spotlight feature, Jesse Copelyn explores why people get hooked on codeine, and how the new project could combat the problem.

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