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Survey: Attracting young members a problem for small medical aids
Survey: Attracting young members a problem for small medical aids

Smaller medical schemes offer customers value for money, but lack the ability to attract new members, thereby affecting the ‘health' for the scheme over the long term. This is one of the conclusions from GTC's Medical Aid Survey for 2017.

8 hours ago

COHSASA plays a role in largest healthcare conference in Africa
COHSASA plays a role in largest healthcare conference in Africa

COHSASA was one of 540 companies from 18 different countries to host an exhibition for three days at the largest health conference on the continent. Africa Health 2017 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in the Midrand attracted over 10,000 health professionals under one roof.

Issued by COHSASA 1 day ago

Treasury rejects claims of calamitous job losses from sugar tax
Treasury rejects claims of calamitous job losses from sugar tax

Treasury has rejected claims of calamitous job losses resulting from the imposition of a health promotion levy.

By Linda Ensor 1 day ago

Medical device industry introduces new ethics code
Medical device industry introduces new ethics code

The new Medical Device Code of Ethical Marketing and Business Practice allows for self-regulation by the industry, and seeks to ensure that members, and medical devices companies in general, do not offer inducements to healthcare providers or other customers in order to sell, lease, recommend or arrange for the sale or lease of their products.

1 day ago

Photo: Roche
Trastuzumab and the high cost of cancer treatment

It seems cruel that drugs that can save the lives of thousands of cancer sufferers are so prohibitively expensive that even people on the very top-end of medical aid cover can only access part of the treatment course, while those in the public sector don't stand a chance.

By Nicci Botha 2 days ago

Brooks Mparutsa, executive director of Hollard's international business.
Hollard partners with Cigna

Insurer Hollard planned "significant acquisitions" on the continent in the next few years and was partnering with global health insurer Cigna to offer health insurance to companies operating in Africa, said Brooks Mparutsa, executive director of Hollard's international business.

3 days ago

Photo: Mediclinic
New law crimps hospital cash-back plans

The demarcation regulations clearly distinguish between medical insurance products and medical aid schemes. For the consumer, this means that while limited gap cover and hospital cash-back plans will still be allowed, primary healthcare insurance policies will no longer be available. All existing policies will need to align with the regulations from 1 January 2018.

By Roland Buys 3 days ago

SA lawyers: Motsoaledi, we're not the reason gynaes won't deliver babies
SA lawyers: Motsoaledi, we're not the reason gynaes won't deliver babies

If one is to accept health minister, Aaron Motsoaledi's proposition that medico-legal litigation is out of control — which is a proposition that may require more formal investigation and study — then, perhaps, the most appropriate government reaction is to map legislation to deal with such circumstances.

By Neil Kirby 19 Jun 2017

Bidvest and Adcock Ingram settle fine in merger case
Bidvest and Adcock Ingram settle fine in merger case

Bidvest's and Adcock Ingram's offer to pay a combined R2m fine without admitting guilt was accepted by the Competition Tribunal on Thursday, 15 June 2017.

By Robert Laing 19 Jun 2017

Professor Paul Ruff
Treatment advances for breast and colorectal cancers

In recent years, patient outcomes have been given a significant boost following major advances in treating breast and colorectal cancer, especially the aggressive Her2-positive breast cancer and metastatic colorectal cancer.

19 Jun 2017

The Grand Prix for Good-winning work.
#CannesLions2017: Mandi Fine on awarding work that truly changes people's lives

I chatted to Mandi Fine, CEO of F/NE and juror for the Cannes Lions Pharma Lions as part of Lions Health, live in Cannes, France.

By Ann Nurock 19 Jun 2017

Cannes Lions' Healthcare agency of the year: Area23, New York.
#CannesLions2017: Pharma and Health & Wellness Lions winners!

The 64th annual Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity kicked off on 17 June with the Cannes Pharma and Cannes Health & Wellness Lions award ceremonies, where Y&R SA did SA proud!

17 Jun 2017

#CannesLions2017: Pharma and Health & Wellness Lions shortlist
#CannesLions2017: Pharma and Health & Wellness Lions shortlist

The Cannes Lions Pharma and Health & Wellness Lions shortlists have been released, with SA seeing entries from two agencies make it to the final round at Cannes Lions 2017!

17 Jun 2017