13 January 2019

Zimbabwean doctors ‘begrudgingly’ end six-week strike

Business Day 10 January 2019 - With the government not agreeing to demands — such as having more and better medical facilities — the doctors trudge back to work

Zimbabwean doctors say they have “begrudgingly” called off a six-week long strike that crippled the country’s fragile health sector. The end of the strike by doctors is likely to give some respite to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government, which lately has been hard-pressed by growing disquiet among its employees over the worsening economic environment and poor working conditions. Among the  demands the doctors had was that government pay their salaries in (US) dollars and also adequately supply public hospitals with medical sundries and medicines. For the article click here 

Lancet to sell African laboratories for $123

Business Day 11 January 2019 - Cerba, a Paris-based medical company, will hold a 51% stake in a joint venture with Lancet

Paris-based Cerba will hold a 51% stake in a joint venture with the SA company that will operate in 11 African countries, said the person who asked not to be identified because the information is not public. For the article click here

SA needs stronger leadership and increased budgets in mental healthcare

BizCommunity 11 January 2019 - The psychiatric profession should play a greater role.

The psychiatric profession should play a greater role in advocating for patients' rights and improving management of mental health in the public sector after a series of recent tragedies that highlighted the neglect of mental healthcare in South Africa. For the article click here 

THE LEX COLUMN: Apple wants bigger bite of healthcare

Business Day 11 January 2019 - Global spend on healthcare is nearly twice the size of the worldwide spend on IT

Tim Cook’s claim that Apple will one day be best known for its contribution to health sounds peculiar. Step trackers and a watch with electrocardiogram features are no match for the iPhone. Then again, the $7-trillion global spend on healthcare is nearly twice the size of the worldwide spend on IT, so it makes sense for the sector’s largest companies to look for a way in. For the article click here 

BHF rebrands its practice code numbering system

BizCommunity 10 January 2019 - The Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF) has rebranded its practice code numbering system (PCNS)

The rebranding is to bring greater transparency and alignment between healthcare service providers (HSP) and medical schemes. The service promotes a uniform, national and legally constituted HSP identifier for billing purposes and is an important aspect in the process of reimbursing claims to either medical schemes member or HSPs. For the article click here

A changing birth: What's behind SA's skyrocketing C-section rates?

Bizcommunity 10 January 2019 - Almost one in four babies born at public hospitals come into the world via c-section but is it costing some women their lives?

About 26% of babies born in South African public hospitals are born by Caesarean, the latest available figures from the 2015/2016 District Health Barometer report show. Globally, who gets a C-section is now often determined by factors such as income and education rather than by sheer emergency. For the article click here

Zimbabwean doctors ‘begrudgingly’ end six-week strike

Business Day 10 January 2019 - With the government not agreeing to demands — such as having more and better medical facilities — the doctors trudge back to work

Zimbabwean doctors say they have “begrudgingly” called off a six-week long strike that crippled the country’s fragile health sector. The end of the strike by doctors is likely to give some respite to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government, which lately has been hard-pressed by growing disquiet among its employees over the worsening economic environment and poor working conditions. For the article click here 

There are many complex reasons for South Africa's organ donor shortage

BizCommunity 9 January 2019 - At any given time, there are around 4,300 people waiting for organ donations in South Africa.

These patients usually need new livers, kidneys, lungs or hearts. But organ donors are in very short supply. For the article click here

Breakthrough in TB treatment

BizCommunity 8 January 2019 - A new practical treatment for tuberculosis (TB) has the potential to be scaled-up and mass-produced for clinical testing

The treatment uses an inhaler that reduces the bacteria in the lungs that causes tuberculosis. It also helps the patient's immune system fight the disease. For the article click here

#BizTrends2019: SA's state of health by BHF

BizCommunity 7 January 2019 - The cost of healthcare, inadequate benefits and failing public healthcare facilities were very much in the news in 2018 and are likely to continue to feature strongly in headlines in 2019 ….

Key concerns are the escalating cost of contributions as well as inadequate medical scheme benefits. In combination, these translate into higher out-of-pocket expenditure by beneficiaries. In 2017, it was estimated that beneficiaries had to pay at least R32bn for out-of-pocket medical expenses. This is a significant amount given the challenging economic environment. For the article click here 

#BizTrends2019: Policy uncertainty and its impact on healthcare investment

BizCommunity 7 January 2019 - Policy certainty is necessary for sustainable investment in a sector. Currently, there is considerable policy uncertainty in the health sector in SA.

The policy uncertainty is mainly due to three parallel processes - the Health Market inquiry (HMI) Provisional Findings and Recommendations Report, the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill (the June 2018 version and the expected further version) and the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill (MSAB). For the article click here 

#BizTrends2019: Data is democratising healthcare

BizCommunity 7 January 2019 - An explosion in data is driving increased democratisation in healthcare, according to the second annual Health Trends Report published by Stanford Medicine.

Building on last year’s findings about the emergence and changing role of data in medicine, the latest report takes a deeper look at how using and sharing data will transform research, the practice of medicine and the role patients play in their own healthcare. This transformation is being driven by the growing volume of available data across the health care system, as well as new technologies and industry players that are taking medical knowledge from a human scale to a digital scale. For the article click here

#BizTrends2019: Where is healthcare headed?

BizCommunity 7 January 2019 - Shifting demographics, cost pressures, policy changes, consumerism, and rapid advances in technology will change the face of healthcare as we know it.

South Africa has its own unique challenges and opportunities. The triple threats of poverty, inequality and unemployment mean many citizens are simply unable to access quality healthcare. The introduction of National Health Insurance (NHI) in South Africa aims to address this issue, presenting real opportunities for public-private partnerships and innovation. For the article click here

Publication date: 1/13/2019