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    17th Annual BHF Southern African Conference

Isssued on 07 December 2016

Escalating private healthcare costs are a universal problem and therefore not unique to South Africa. Increases in costs are the result of high demand, the development of more treatment options – which cost more – and the ageing population…Read more.

Issued on 25 November 2016

The Council for Medical schemes has published its proposed levies on medical schemes for 2017/18 in the Government Gazette on 25 November 2016, click here to view this circular.

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Issued on 08 November 2016

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), the regulator of the medical schemes industry, released on the 14th October 2016, its Annual Report for 2015-2016. The report includes the most comprehensive account of the private medical schemes industry in South Africa. Click here to read the report.

Issued on 24 November 2016

Documents published  by the Health Market Inquiry for comment:

Issued on 24 November 2016

Please click here to read a circular from The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), which notifies stakeholders of the approved list of benefit options for open medical schemes for 2017.

Latest News

South Africa’s HIV/AIDS Crisis: why drug resistance matters

Great strides have been taken to deal with HIV/AIDS in South Africa, but now drug resistance may become a serious problem. International institutions and governments create the impression that things are going well and we are in control of the pandemic. But we’re not, says Dr Bent Steenberg Olsen.


Posted: 2016-12-09 14:12:17

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Pharmacy body fights closed network

The Independent Community Pharmacy Association, which represents the interests of independent pharmacies, is taking Fedhealth to court for going ahead with plans to introduce a closed pharmacy network.


Posted: 2016-12-09 13:12:55

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How changing drug patent rules will affect developing nations

After years of legal battles, a global agreement has been reached for developing countries to buy – and for drug manufacturers to produce or import – generic medicines without breaching patent rules. The Conversation Africa’s Health and Medicine Editor Candice Bailey asked Natalie Schellack to explain what this means for the developing world.


Posted: 2016-11-24 17:11:15

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New online service to aid ARV treatment

IT HAS been described as the single most important way to monitor an HIV patient’s response to antiretroviral treatment. And now, a new online viral load and CD4 count monitoring dashboard will give healthcare professionals direct and near real-time access to patients’ response to HIV treatment.


Posted: 2016-11-24 16:11:03

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