7 January 2019

Market inquiry into private health care cost R197m, says Ebrahim Patel

Business Day 2 January 2019 - Minister itemises costs of five-year Competition Commission probe, with human resources and operations topping the list at R78.6m.

The total cost of the Competition Commission’s inquiry into the private health-care sector amounted to R197m, economic development minister Ebrahim Patel has disclosed.For the article click here

#BizTrends2019: Leading medical technology to watch out for

BizCommunity 7 January 2019 - Ground-breaking technologies are empowering healthcare systems and consumers at an unprecedented rate. And, 2019 will prove no exception to this trend.

With disruption in the medical world set to accelerate, which top healthcare technology trends will lead the momentum? Billions of people are connected to the internet, so digital connectivity is key to solving healthcare challenges. Technology giants such as Amazon, Apple, Alphabet/Google, and IBM are increasingly partnering with big names in healthcare. And many Silicon Valley start-ups have joined the fray, to command and streamline areas of the healthcare value-chain long-plagued by waste and redundancies - and ripe for a digital overhaul. 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

Medical graduates side with striking doctors in Zimbabwe by refusing state’s offer

Business Day 31 December 2018 - Specialists have also threatened to down tools if the impasse is not resolved

Government attempts to hire recently qualified doctors to replace striking medical professionals in Zimbabwe hit a wall as graduates snubbed the state’s offer. The country has two medical schools, housed at the University of Zimbabwe and the National University of Science and Technology, with a combined average of about 40 graduates annually.For the article click here

Alternative reimbursement in the private healthcare sector

Sponsored article: Business Day 27 December 2018 -Medshield’s proposed alternative reimbursement model focuses on being more cost effective.

Medshield Medical Scheme believes it's time for new and innovative alternative reimbursement models in the South African private health-care sector. According to Thoneshan Naidoo, principal officer of Medshield, the current fees-for-service reimbursement models rely heavily on modality and do not entail proper care management or value measurement that truly serves the interest of the patient or medical scheme member. For the article click here

No doctors at Christmas as Zimbabwe suspends striking doctors

Business Day 26 December 2018 - Zimbabweans woke up to an unprecedented Christmas Day after government suspended 550 striking doctors, while those who remained at work withdrew their services.

he bulk of those suspended are junior doctors, who make up the majority of doctors in the country - understood to be less than a thousand in total. According to a statement by the country’s Health Services Board (HSB), the doctors have effectively been blocked from going to hospitals or to perform any work-related duties for the next two weeks. For the article click here

Drug-resistant HIV is rife in SA — but there is light on the horizon

Business Day 25 December 2018 - People not being open about defaulting on treatment is leading to more drug-resistant viral strains, but a new drug is on the way

The spread of drug-resistant HIV in SA is at a point where about one in five adults and one in two infants that become infected will be resistant to one class of drugs used in an HIV treatment plan. Not taking treatment diligently can also cause people to develop multi-drug-resistant (MDR) HIV.For the article click here

Publication date: 1/7/2019