Gwen Ramokgopa

National Health Insurance ‘not the end’ of medical schemes industry

DEPUTY Health Minister Gwen Ramokgopa has given a strong signal that the introduction of the National Health Insurance (NHI) will not spell an end to the medical schemes industry, a spectre feared by many middle-class consumers who have opted to pay for private medical care rather than deal with the uneven quality of services in the state sector.

"The medical schemes industry will still be with us for a while," said Dr Ramokgopa on the sidelines of the 14th annual Board of Healthcare Funders conference.

The government’s plans to introduce National Health Insurance (NHI) would not preclude anyone from continuing to purchase private health cover, she said.

National Health Insurance ‘not the end’ of medical schemes industry

DEPUTY Health Minister Gwen Ramokgopa has given a strong signal that the introduction of the National Health Insurance (NHI) will not spell an end to the medical schemes industry, a spectre feared by many middle-class consumers who have opted to pay for private medical care rather than deal with the uneven quality of services in the state sector.

"The medical schemes industry will still be with us for a while," said Dr Ramokgopa on the sidelines of the 14th annual Board of Healthcare Funders conference.

The government’s plans to introduce National Health Insurance (NHI) would not preclude anyone from continuing to purchase private health cover, she said.

Western Cape: Healthcare to go mobile?

Deputy Minister of Health Gwen Ramokgopa said yesterday that South Africa was committed to the use of technology to improve the delivery of health services.

Addressing the Mobile Summit in Cape Town, Ramokgopa said that health required an integrated approach. “South Africa has a very high penetration of mobile phones, which are the greatest point of interactive contact and potentially have the greatest impact. Studies reflect that 93 out of 100 South Africans directly access cellphones,” she said.

According to GSMA, who hosted the summit, healthcare costs were increasing. The purpose of the conference was to discuss latest developments in health and the role of mobile phones in achieving priority health outcomes.

Department of Health Budget Vote Speech 2012/12: National Assembly, Cape Town

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Department of Health (South Africa)

Honourable Chairperson

Ministers present here today

My Colleague Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa

MEC’s of Health from various Provinces

Honourable Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee, Dr Monwabisi

Goqwana and Members of your Committee

Honourable members of the House

Director –General of Health Ms Precious Matsoso

Your excellencies, High Commissioners and Ambassodors

Leaders of various statutory bodies, Health Unions and other Health related Organisations

Our Special guest the Rollback Malaria and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and UN Envoy for Africa, Ms Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Distinguished guests

Ladies and Gentlemen

Spotlight on lifestyle diseases

Pretoria - Lifestyle diseases will receive an urgent international focus as world leaders meet at the High Level United Nations General Assembly on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) conference in New York.

The two-day meeting on 19 and 20 September 2011, is expected to address the prevention and control of NCDs worldwide, with a particular focus on developmental and other challenges and social and economic impacts, particularly for developing countries.

The UN NCD conference was informed by a resolution in one of the previous UN General Assembly meetings.

Health Deputy Minister, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa has been chosen to lead a conference plenary session focusing on three topics including:

The South African Health Review was launched in Pretoria on 8 December 2010

Combining reflections on South Africas progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and perspectives on a National Health Insurance for South Africa, the 14th edition of the SAHR promises to provide a useful resource for public health practitioners in both nationally and locally. 
 

Decline in Pregnancy-Related Deaths in Gauteng

The number of women dying due to early pregnancy related complications in Gauteng has declined significantly since 1999, the provincial health department has said. According to information released by the department, the number of women dying due to ectopic pregnancies and septic abortions has decreased by 33 percent.

Gauteng set to rollout AIDS drugs

The Gauteng health department announced yesterday that it would start providing free AIDS drugs on April 1, making it the first African National Congress (ANC)-led province to leapfrog the national health department's drug procurement process. 

Gauteng AIDS prevention progressing

The Gauteng health department made good progress on programmes to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, the department said on Tuesday. Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa said the prevention of mother-to-child transmission programme had been implemented in all hospitals in the province. She said the preventative drug treatment for rape survivors, which started in June last year had been rolled out in all 26 trauma centres in the province. The the drug Diflucan, for treatment of opportunistic infections, was now available in all provincial hospitals and community health centres. Ramokgopa said her department was making progress in achieving the target it had set itself to expand quality healthcare to the poor, although there were still challenges to be met. The highlights of the last quarter had been the concerted effort by the department to deal with allegations of fraud and corruption. She said ambulances in the province improved their service delivery and that the ambulances were able to reach 82.6% of critically ill or injured people in 15 minutes. The tuberculosis control programme had positive impact, she said. The cure rate has increased from 67% in 2000 to 68% in 2001 and to 70% last year. (Source: SAPA, 4 February 2003)