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Medical scheme representative questions doctors' request for financial aid

03 Aug 2020
Last month’s proposal by the Progressive Health Forum (PHF), South African Private Practitioners Forum, South African Medical and Dental Practitioners as well as the South African Medical Research Council that medical schemes contribute financial support to doctors during COVID-19 “appears to have hit a wall”, reported Fin24 (31 July 2020). 
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Siemens health group lines up niche in cancer care

03 Aug 2020

German health group Siemens Healthineers will buy US cancer treatment device maker Varian Medical Systems for
$16.4-bn, giving it a foothold in the oncology sector, reported Business Day (3 August 2020). The takeover seeks to create a global leader in cancer-care solutions by 2025.

 


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Rich nations steal a march in securing coronavirus vaccines

03 Aug 2020

“Wealthy countries have already locked up more than a billion doses of coronavirus vaccines, raising worries that the rest of the world will be at the back of the queue in the global effort to defeat the pathogen, “ reported Bloomberg (2 August 2020).


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“Despite being heroes on Covid front line, foreign doctors are left stranded”

03 Aug 2020

In an article in the SA Medical Journal, fifth-year medical students from Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Medical Ethics and Law raised concerns aboutthe “neglect” of foreign registrars amid their duty to SA during the pandemic.


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Process to produce pan-African vaccine manufacturing under way

03 Aug 2020
At a virtual national conference on Covid-19 (31 July 2020)  Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, announced that R25-m will be invested to boost pan-African vaccine manufacturing. The first ventilators will be produced by the South African National Ventilator Project coming off the assembly line at a factory in Cape Town. 
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Telehealth could be the new normal after Covid-19

03 Aug 2020

Doctors and specialists, in particular, have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19, with consultations declining between 60% and 90%. Due to social distancing, the use of telemedicine or telehealth has grown; providing people with more affordable access to healthcare.


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Advisory committee dealing with PPE shortage

31 Jul 2020
On July 29, BusinessLIVE reported that an advisory committee is dealing with the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in public health institutions, according to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. 
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Treasury considers centralising PPE procurement

31 Jul 2020
Reports of widespread corruption in the government’s procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other coronavirus-related goods has prompted the National Treasury to investigate the possible centralisation of its procurement,” reported Business Day (30 July 2020). 
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'Medical scheme representative questions doctors' request for financial aid'

31 Jul 2020
Last month’s proposal by the Progressive Health Forum (PHF), South African Private Practitioners Forum, South African Medical and Dental Practitioners as well as the South African Medical Research Council that medical schemes contribute financial support to doctors during COVID-19 “appears to have hit a wall”, reported Fin24 (31 July 2020).
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Pandemic inflicts unkindest cut on patients needing surgery

31 Jul 2020

“Hospitals’ ‘drastic’ cancellation of surgeries during the COVID-19 lockdown will add to SA’s excess deaths as a result of the pandemic and increase inequality in healthcare,” reported Times Select (30 July 2020).


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Medical schemes accuse CMS of not responding to proposals

29 Jul 2020

The Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) accused the Council of Medical Schemes (CMS) of a “lack of response to proposals from the industry,” reported Biz Community (29 July 2020). This follows a CMS circular relating to Covid-19 exemptions and guidelines, which states that “medical schemes that have not applied for exemption are denying beneficiaries relief despite extreme Covid-19 conditions”.


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Union threatens to shut SA down over PPE

29 Jul 2020

Healthcare workers threaten to launch a national strike in September to protest against the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE). According to the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), which represents 108 000 health workers in the public sector, said that the shortage of PPE at public healthcare facilities is so dire that frontline workers resort to wearing refuse bags.




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SAPA, PMG voice disappointment regarding closing of public schools

29 Jul 2020

On July 29 the paediatric community, as represented by the Paediatrician Management Group (PMG) and the South African Paediatric Association (SAPA), issued a statement to voice its disappointed regarding cabinet’s recent decision to close all public schools again.


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Life Healthcare appoints CEO

28 Jul 2020

Private hospital group Life Healthcare appointed Peter Wharton-Hood as CEO with effect from the beginning of September. Wharton-Hood replaces Shrey Viranna, who is emigrating to Australia. He is a qualified chartered accountant and a former head of operations for Deutsche Bank’s global markets division.


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Is the NHI still a viable proposition?

28 Jul 2020
The National Health Insurance (NHI) that government has envisioned is dead as COVID-19 has forced the South African healthcare sector to redefine key variables in the system which could change how healthcare is insured against,” reported The Citizen (28 July 2020). 
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