General practice

The good and the bad

The good news on medical schemes is that the industry is turning around from huge losses. The bad news is that nobody's tracking how much medical costs consumers are carrying. On average, the industry performed pretty well, according to acting registrar of medical schemes Patrick Matshidze.

New treatment for GERD disease

A new method of treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) has been developed, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) said on Tuesday.

Minister outlines state medical plan

Governments plans to place all its employees on a single medical scheme would increase the states control over the medical benefits it provided to public servants, save money, and help relieve the burden on public hospitals and clinics, Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi said yesterday.

An evaluation of existing part-time district surgeon services and alternative mechanisms for future contracting with general practitioners

Published by: 
UCT Health Economics Unit
The purpose of this research project was to provide information which would contribute to debates about restructuring of the PDS system. In particular, patient satisfaction with current PDS services was evaluated, and the opinions of PDSs and patients about possible changes to the PDS system were surveyed. This was accomplished through exit poll interviews with 638 PDS patients (the user survey) and a questionnaire survey of 58 PDSs (the PDS survey). These surveys were conducted in three provinces, namely the Western Cape, Northern Cape and the Free State.

Wits Clinical Skills Course



Medical School, 7 York Road, Parktown 2193 South Africa
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The next Wits Clinical Skills Course will be held on Friday 16th October 2009.

Do South African rural origin medical students return to rural practice?

Published by: 
Health Systems Trust
There is a major shortage of doctors in rural areas in South Africa. About 46% of the population in South Africa live in non-urban areas (1), and they do not always have the same access to health services as their urban counterparts. One example is Mount Frere district, where the doctor to population ration is 1:30 000 (2).