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Breaking the cycle of health inequalities

Published: Mon, 03 Sep 18

Courier pharmacy delivers on accessibility to enhance medicine adherence   As South Africa prepares for the full implementation of National Health Insurance, the structural barriers impeding our society’s health outcomes call for sustained and far-reaching interventions to ensure the public not only have ...
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Striking the right balance between activity and rest time for the elderly

Published: Thu, 30 Aug 18

Optimal quality of life requires healthy stimulation aligned to individual capacity   Physical and cognitive stimulation, social interaction and time for rest and relaxation are integral to anyone’s routine. Striking the right balance in maintaining activity levels while getting sufficient rest ...
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The practice of “Defensive Medicine” grows alongside the rise of medical malpractice claims

Published: Wed, 29 Aug 18

        Aneesa Bodiat, Head of Legal  Natmed Medical Defence (Pty) Ltd           The number of medical malpractice claims in South Africa is rising at an alarming rate, and along with this trend is the potential increase in the practice of defensive ...
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When we work is often as important as how we work

Published: Tue, 28 Aug 18

        Aneesa Bodiat*, Head of Legal  Natmed Medical Defence (Pty) Ltd           Doctors should be wary of afternoons, because this is when most medical mistakes happen. Bestselling author Daniel Pink scoured countless research papers and ...
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Fast-forward: Novartis SA gets moving to boost women’s mentorship

Published: Mon, 27 Aug 18

Novartis SA mentorship walk gives women a deliberate/visible way to develop professionally   Johannesburg: Novartis South Africa, always looking to find innovative new ways to embrace diversity and inclusion, staged a mentorship walk at its Waterfall offices on Friday, 17 August, to allow men and women mentors ...
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HFA concerned over ‘interim’ increases in medicine prices for 2018, seeks consultation

Published: Mon, 27 Aug 18

            Lerato Mosiah, CEO Health Funders Association (HFA)                 The Health Funders Association (HFA) announces its strong opposition to any interim increase in medicine costs this year. Its announcement comes ...
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Natmed Medical Defence Releases the First Issue of their Medical Defence Review

Published: Fri, 24 Aug 18

Johannesburg: Natmed Medical Defence (Pty) Ltd, a leading South African Medical Malpractice Insurance Broker, has released the first issue of Natmed’s Medical Defence Review. This is a review of case law and other developments within the medical malpractice industry that will help to keep healthcare practitioners ...
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Quality healthcare must be for all

Published: Fri, 24 Aug 18

South Africa must move beyond the era of exclusively preserving quality healthcare for those with deep pockets, says President Cyril Ramaphosa. Addressing the Stakeholder Consultative Meeting on the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme on Friday in Tshwane, the President said the scheme is meant to ensure all South ...
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A medical aid revolution is coming

Published: Wed, 22 Aug 18

The findings and recommendations highlighted in the provisional report issued by the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) underline the urgent need to change the way medical scheme options are designed says Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth Medical Scheme. “Although there is very little room to maneuver ...
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Online dementia support group launched

Published: Tue, 21 Aug 18

Facebook group assists people caring for loved ones with dementia   A Facebook support group that aims to provide a safe and accessible space for individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia to connect with each other and occupational therapists experienced in dementia care has been launched ...
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Securing your Passwords

Published: Mon, 20 Aug 18

    Keenan Singh, Software Developer Natmed Medical Defence (Pty) Ltd       Many people have trouble remembering passwords, and as a result they use easy passwords or reuse the same passwords across multiple websites. The reuse of passwords is a major security problem because ...
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Natmed Medical Defence Offers CPD talks and seminars

Published: Thu, 16 Aug 18

Johannesburg: Natmed Medical Defence (Pty) Ltd, a leading South African Medical Malpractice Insurance Broker, offers a selection of free seminars, workshops and lectures on medico-legal topics, or bespoke seminars, workshops and lectures to clients that carry CPD ethical points. Natmed has a varied Seminar Menu which ...
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Investing in women key to SA socio-economic development

Published: Thu, 16 Aug 18

Investment in women’s empowerment delivers long-term socio-economic returns, says Novartis Women’s networks and mentorship engagements can help unlock personal and career success Johannesburg: Empowering women has long-term positive socio-economic impacts, making women’s empowerment, career ...
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Risk management for the health care industry: The importance of checklists

Published: Tue, 14 Aug 18

    Aneesa Bodiat*, Head of Legal Natmed Medical Defence (Pty) Ltd       Surgery is becoming ever more sophisticated and complex, and the rise of the super-specialist surgeon complements a modern world in which what we know about the human body is constantly evolving and improving ...
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GEMS pays out over R29 billion in claims during 2017

Published: Mon, 13 Aug 18

SA’s second largest medical scheme pays out 91 million claims   The Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) paid out 91 million claims for its 1. 8 million-strong membership base during 2017, amounting to a total value of more than R29. According to Dr Guni Goolab, Principal Officer of GEMS, ...
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Employers and medical aid members can exercise control over their medical aid increases by being more active

Published: Mon, 13 Aug 18

Employers looking to assist employees in increasing their disposable income, would do well to focus more attention on increasing employees’ physical activity levels, thereby reducing absenteeism, decreasing the risk of staff illness, improving productivity and overall staff morale. This is the opinion ...
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The NHI, funding healthcare and medico-legal claims

Published: Thu, 09 Aug 18

          Donald Dinnie, CEO Natmed Medical Defence (Pty) Ltd                     With the publication of the National Health Insurance Bill, proposed amendments to the Medical Schemes Act, and the anticipation of amendments ...
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Silence is not golden

Published: Wed, 08 Aug 18

As the country commemorates Women’s Month, South African citizens, especially women, are encouraged to help stop the scourge of violence against women by speaking out. Government also called on faith based organisations (FBOs), including traditional leaders, community leaders and women’s organisations, ...
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Medical Schemes battle to find sustainable competitive positions | the SA-csi 2018 benchmark

Published: Thu, 02 Aug 18

Medihelp customers the most satisfied as Discovery, Bonitas and Momentum decline   CENTURION: The 2018 South African Customer Satisfaction Index (The SA-csi) for Medical Schemes, conducted by Consulta, reported that the industry average dropped from 74. This is primarily due to two of the large brands ...
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Health risks all SA women should be aware of

Published: Tue, 31 Jul 18

Novartis urges more awareness and early screening for diseases impacting women   Johannesburg: Marking Women's Month in South Africa, Novartis urges all South Africans to focus on awareness, prevention and treatment of health risks facing women. “Women’s Month should do more than recognise ...
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