Health Department Changes Tack to Woo Private Sector Doctors

The health department is looking for new ways to entice private-sector general practitioners (GPs) to provide their services under the National Health Insurance (NHI), after a lacklustre response to its attempts to get them to work in state facilities. Only 250 private-sector GPs were contracting with the state at the end of March, according to […]

Health Minister Motsoaledi Defends Underspending on Health Insurance

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Thursday defended the slow spending  in National Health Insurance (NHI) programmes overseen by his department, saying he had anticipated that the money would be needed for other purposes. Treasury documents show that only 10.4% of the NHI indirect grant allocated for the 2018/2019 fiscal year had been spent by the […]

Breast Health Education Portal Launched for Nurses

Breast Health Education

The Breast Health Foundation (BHF), in partnership with Discovery Health and Phakamisa, an AstraZeneca initiative, has launched an online development, training and education platform for nurses and healthcare practitioners (HCPs). The platform will help nurses and HCPs update their knowledge and skills as part of their continuing professional development (CPD) responsibility. Through the portal, they can access training materials, educational and legislation-based […]

State Medical Scheme GEMS Urges Caution on Merger Plans

GEMS Urges Caution

The principal officer of the Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) has warned about the state’s plans to merge it with other schemes for public servants, saying consolidation will require careful planning and consultation with unions. Read the full story here.

Honouring SA Doctors with National Doctors’ Day

Tribute to Doctors

In recognition of the critical role that South African doctors play in the healthy functioning of South African society, 16 November has been declared National Doctors’ Day. Read the full story here.