These are the drivers of our healthcare inflation

It seems you cannot open a newspaper or financial journal anywhere in the world without finding articles about the unacceptable cost of private healthcare, or the high rate of medical inflation. In South Africa, these articles are embedded with doom and gloom the very survival of the private healthcare system is called into question on a regular occasion.

Now universities mobilise for a massive HIV-testing drive

The Each One Reach Five campaign lies at the heart of a national HIV-testing drive running over two months at 13 higher education institutions. The drive has been initiated by the Higher Education HIV/AIDS programme, a joint undertaking of the Department of Education and Higher Education South Africa. It is funded by the European Union.

Draft Food Labelling Regulations to improve healthy lifestyle

The new draft Regulations Relating to the Labelling and Advertising of Foodstuffs have been published by the Minister of Health in terms of the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, (Act 54 of 1972), for public comment for a period of three months in the Government Gazette No. 30075 on 20 July 2007.

Why nurses and teachers leave our shores: Emigration or relocation is no longer merely a white phenomenon.

The demand from developed countries for skilled professionals and trades people - be they nurses, doctors and dentists or tillers and plumbers - knows no skin colour code. Pro-active recruitment agencies and governments, realising their countries are facing a growing skills crisis, are quietly coming to South Africa to drain the country of these precious human resources to satiate demands back home.

Trying to plug the brain drain

A groundbreaking move by South Africa's health department could see nurses being paid at least 20 percent more, becoming the first beneficiaries of a plan to attract more healthcare students and keep homegrown skills home with higher salaries.

Hospitals without doctors

At least seven hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal have been operating without a doctor for at least two years, deepening the health crisis plaguing the province. Added to this, only 15 of the province's 64 state hospitals can boast doctor vacancy rates of under 50%, and not a single hospital in the province has every one of its doctors' posts filled.

Govt On Recruitment Drive for Health Professionals

At least a thousand Tunisian doctors are expected to hit South African shores within the next few months as government continues its robust health professional recruitment drive. The Tunisian doctors are to be deployed in under-served areas of the country where there are major shortages of health professionals.

Lack of ARVs increases hospice workload

HIV-positive people living in Graaff-Reinet and surrounds are dying as they wait for the long-promised arrival of antiretrovirals, leaving hospice workers in the Eastern Cape town to care for the dying patients and the children they leave behind.