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  • Tussle over medical schemes' role could undermine NHI roll-out – NGO research
    The current approach to a contentious draft provision in the National Health Insurance (NHI) has the potential to undermine the implementation of the scheme and delay urgent reform to the health system. The crux of the major disagreement is around Section 33 of the NHI Bill, which states that medical… Read more »
  • Court blocks Eastern Cape’s attempt to stop medical negligence payments
    The Eastern Cape High Court has ruled against the provincial government’s attempt to stop money in the health department’s account from being attached by successful medical negligence claims. GroundUp reports that the Eastern Cape MECs of finance and health, as well as the heads of these departments, applied for the… Read more »
  • Cancer screening – the good, the bad and the ugly
    ‘In clinical practice, to say a person has cancer gives as little information about the possible course of his disease as to say that he has an infection. There are dangerous infections that may be fatal and there are harmless infections that are self-limited or may disappear. The same is… Read more »
  • How to manage frustration from working in resource-constrained institutions
    All clinicians work in an environment that is resource-constrained in some way. However, recent press coverage has alluded to deteriorating conditions in state health establishments to such an extent that clinicians are concerned about the well-being of patients, writes Dr Graham Howarth, head of Medical Services – Africa at Medical… Read more »
  • FDA panel recommends COVID baby, toddler jab
    An advisory committee has recommended that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) give emergency use authorisation (EUA) to both Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech’s mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for infants, toddlers and pre-school children. The Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) last week voted 21-0 in favour of expanded access… Read more »
  • Health professionals unite in "I Am" movement against state victimisation
    A 130-strong group of senior, highly-regarded health professionals have come together to publicly highlight the deteriorating conditions at state health institutions and stand united against victimisation and intimidation of those who raise such matters. In what the Daily Maverick describes as an "unprecedented" move, the health professionals, calling their cause… Read more »
  • Acino commits to localisation, skills development and affordable healthcareAcino commits to localisation, skills development and affordable healthcare
    Since its acquisition of South Africa’s Litha Pharma in 2017, multinational Acino’s vision to invest in local healthcare and skills development has fast become a reality. The pharma company has a long-established and proven track record in the industry, which has only been strengthened by its most recent acquisition of… Read more »
  • Reducing adolescent e-cigarette use will lower lifetime CVD risk – AHA
    E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular among adolescents and the latest evidence suggests this can lead to adverse health effects in the future, and an increased risk of cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, said the American Heart Association in a scientific statement this week. The statement, published in its journal Circulation Research,… Read more »
  • Ensuring equitable access to fast-expanding virtual healthcare
    Virtual health capabilities are evolving far beyond video consultations with a doctor. They now encompass an array of applications, from bots that screen people for common illnesses to artificial intelligence that can read X-ray images as well as a human radiologist. Many experts see virtual technology as a promising tool… Read more »
  • Co-sleeping with your infant unsafe – American Academy of Paediatrics
    The American Academy of Paediatrics (APP) this week warned against parents co-sleeping with their babies in its first update to its safe sleep guidelines for babies since 2016. Some 3,500 infants, many of whom are in socially disadvantaged communities, die from sleep-related infant deaths in the United States each year,… Read more »

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