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The massive cost of medical negligence cases is an international problem

Published: Tue, 12 Dec 17

  Sandra Sithole, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc.   It is not only in South Africa that the cost of medical negligence lawsuits is draining the health service. There are calls in Britain for reform to help protect the National Health Service from pay-outs which ...
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Government concludes 16 Days campaign

Published: Mon, 11 Dec 17

Government has concluded the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign during which the spotlight is put on the fight against women and child abuse. The campaign started on 25 November and mobilised focus on the challenges of gender based violence and abuse that is affecting women. This ...
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How offices are changing to make work happier and healthier

Published: Mon, 11 Dec 17

According to a recent Gallup State of the Global Workplace report, 51% of workers said they weren't engaged at work while 17% said they were actively disengaged. So, what can improve increase productivity and workplace happiness?   Linda Trim, Director at workplace specialists Giant Leap says the answer ...
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Three steps to securing your long-term health

Published: Fri, 08 Dec 17

Shreekanth Sing, Technical Legal Adviser, PSG Wealth The average life expectancy in South Africa is among the lowest in the world at 49. 7 years. Once you reach the age of 65 years, however, your life expectancy soars to 90. This also means there is an increased likelihood that at some point, we will encounter ...
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Public warned to take precautions against Listeriosis

Published: Thu, 07 Dec 17

Cabinet has appealed to all citizens to take the necessary precautions to curb the spread of Listeriosis, as investigations continue to establish the source of the bacterium. It is believed the source of the outbreak is likely to be a food product consumed by people across all socio-economic groups. The disease is ...
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Keeping service staff motivated during the hospitality industry’s busiest time

Published: Thu, 07 Dec 17

The importance of ‘service with a smile’ for attracting repeat business   While most of the country enjoy rest and relaxation over the summer holiday season, staff in the hospitality industry are often under increased pressure as this is a particularly busy time of year for people in this line ...
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Listeriosis outbreak in SA kills 36

Published: Tue, 05 Dec 17

Government says it is investigating an outbreak of Listeriosis in the country which has caused the deaths of 36 people. At a media briefing in Pretoria on Tuesday, Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, said the source of the outbreak is likely to be a food product consumed by people across all socio-economic groups ...
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SA’s journey of HIV treatment and prevention

Published: Mon, 04 Dec 17

By Chris Bathembu It was on World Aids Day in 2011, two years into the current administration, when President Jacob Zuma announced a bold plan to scale-up South Africa’s fight against HIV/Aids. Plans to integrate Tuberculosis into the health system’s efforts against the epidemic were announced for the ...
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HIV prevention is your personal responsibility

Published: Fri, 01 Dec 17

South Africa has joined the rest of the world in marking this year's World Aids Day, with an emphasis on the need take personal and collective responsibility to prevent new HIV infections. World Aids Day takes place on 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against ...
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Hospital Cash Back Fraud - Guilty Verdict

Published: Wed, 29 Nov 17

By The Insurance Crime Bureau     In this fraud the individual insured under a “hospital cash back policy” was impersonated, and multiple claims were submitted on her policy with false documentation. On investigation, and listening to the voice recordings, the insured quickly identified ...
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Hello Doctor App Launch

Published: Wed, 29 Nov 17

A doctor on call. anytime, anywhere and for anyone. Hello Doctor lets you talk to a doctor on your phone, so that you can get the medical advice you need, when you need it. We’re changing the way you manage your health, and giving you the power to get immediate access to GPs, 24/7. Best of all, our solution ...
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Never stop learning because life never stops teaching

Published: Wed, 29 Nov 17

      Elise Burns-Hoffman Disability, Incapacity and Claims Consultant         The powerful truth of the words in the title of this communique have been actively experienced over the past two months while engaging in training to become a Mediator ...
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Novartis urges patients to play a role in safer medical treatment

Published: Wed, 29 Nov 17

Marking World Patient Safety Day, Novartis calls on patients be proactive about communication and adverse event reporting Johannesburg: Novartis South Africa has urged South Africans to become more involved in ensuring that their medical treatment is safe and has the desired outcomes. Ahead of World Patient Safety ...
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Know your rights and expose violence

Published: Tue, 28 Nov 17

Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi has called on South Africans to be involved in fighting and exposing deeds of violence against women and children. “We must raise our children in a peaceful environment, wherein they are able to learn that violence is not a proper way of resolving differences,” ...
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SA’S only race for teams of two sponsored by PPS

Published: Wed, 22 Nov 17

PPS is proud to announce its headline sponsorship of the Panorama Tour, the only four-day cycle race for teams of two in South Africa. This is the second year in a row that PPS will be sponsoring the race, which is celebrating its 13th anniversary. Encouraging our members to live an active and healthy lifestyle is ...
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South African Constitutional Court rethinking the “once-and-for-all rule”

Published: Thu, 16 Nov 17

By Kristen Wagner, Candidate Attorney and Deon Francis, Partner, Clyde & Co www. clydeco. com In the recent decision of MEC, Health and Social Development, Gauteng v DZ [2017] ZACC 37, the Constitutional Court considered the potential benefits of allowing defendants to pay future medical expenses by way of ...
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MSD Announces Local Regulatory Approval of New Oncology Drug

Published: Wed, 15 Nov 17

Johannesburg, South Africa: MSD known as Merck & Co. , Inc. , (NYSE: MRK) in the United States and Canada, welcomes the regulatory approval of their new immuno-oncology drug, Pembrolizumab. In recognising the impact that Pembrolizumab would have in oncology treatment, MSD received regulatory approval by the Medicines ...
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National Diabetes Month and World Diabetes day

Published: Tue, 14 Nov 17

Diabetes and depression can go hand in hand World diabetes day is celebrated annually around the world, on 14 November and Diabetes month during November. Dealing with the news that you have diabetes and have to manage a lifelong condition as well as the risk of complications, may seem like an overwhelming task ...
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Novartis urges women to reduce their diabetes risk

Published: Wed, 08 Nov 17

Johannesburg: Ahead of World Diabetes Day on 14 November, Novartis South Africa has called on women to make themselves aware of diabetes risk factors and take steps to improve their health and that of their families. Diabetes mellitus (diabetes) is a growing health risk for both men and women around the ...
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Take ownership of rising healthcare costs

Published: Tue, 07 Nov 17

Living costs continue to rise but what can consumers do to minimise medical aid premium increases? By this time of year, most people have received notifications from their medical aid providers announcing next year’s fee increases. According to Stats SA’s August CPI report, medical insurance costs increased ...
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