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Breast milk banks tackle high infant mortality in SA
BDlive | 3 January 2016
Patrick, a premature baby weighing a minuscule 1.2 kilos, was "saved" by a breast milk bank in South Africa, where child mortality is high despite being the continent’s most developed economy. "It was a question of life and death because of the fact he could not go on formula," said his 39-year-old mother Annerleigh Bartlett. "There was no way. He was too little." Ms Bartlett, from Cape Town, wasn’t producing her own milk yet, and the formula can...
Healthtalk: State of SA’s Healthcare
SABC | 26 December 2015
Studio discussion featuring Dr Themba Moeti  of Health Sytems Trust, Dr Flavia Senkubuge of Africa Federation of Public Health Associations, and Sasha Stevenson of Section 27, covering the challenges within and possible solutions to South Africa’s public health system.
Private Hospitals: Demand in neglected areas
Financial Mail | 17 December 2015
While SA’s dominant hospital groups venture offshore into more developed markets, smaller groups are making inroads into non metropolitan areas in SA — disproving the notion that the local market is saturated. The big three — Life Healthcare, Mediclinic and Netcare — seem attracted to expansion in destinations such as India, the Middle East, Europe and the UK. Domestic regulatory pressures have contributed to making them look for further opportunities aboard; the...
EDITORIAL: No remedy in NHI white paper
BDlive | 17 December 2015
Had it been released on any other day, the new White Paper on the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) system might have made much bigger headlines, and led to much louder cries of outrage. The release last Friday paled into relative insignificance on one of the worst days yet on SA’s financial markets, and coverage of the report was fairly muted. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi got off quite lightly for releasing a white paper that at best is disappointing given that it has...
2016 EPHPA Award
HST | 14 December 2015
The South African Health Review’s Emerging Public Health Practitioner Award (EPHPA) is open to young public health practitioners or student researchers in the fields of health sciences, medicine or public health.  Individuals seeking to publish a paper dealing with public health policy development or implementation in a respected and widely read South African peer-reviewed journalare encouraged to apply. The South African Health Review’s Emerging Public Health...
Motsoaledi: We haven't identified a source of funding for the NHI
Mail & Guardian | 12 December 2015
The National Health Insurance white paper does not stipulate how the scheme will get funded; it only provides five possible scenarios. Taking part in the National Health Insurance scheme (NHI) is going to be mandatory, not voluntary like belonging to a medical aid, said Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi at the release of the long-awaited National Health Insurance (NHI) white paper on Friday in Pretoria.   “Population coverage under NHI will ensure that all South Africans...
NHI White Paper
National Department of Health | 11 December 2015
Media comment following the release was focused on the five funding options outlined in the document, but there is no clear indication as to which financing mechanism would likely be introduced.  Radical changes to medical aids would result in private schemes only being able to provide 'top-up cover' for medical treatments not available on the NHI.  The document proposes a three-phase implementation over the next 14 years. Click the link below to view the White...
NHI White Paper
National Department of Health | 11 December 2015
Media comment following the release was focused on the five funding options outlined in the document, but there is no clear indication as to which financing mechanism would likely be introduced.  Radical changes to medical aids would result in private schemes only being able to provide 'top-up cover' for medical treatments not available on the NHI.  The document proposes a three-phase implementation over the next 14 years. Click the link below to view the White...
NHI will reduce medical aids to 'complementary services'
Health-e News | 11 December 2015
Government's White Paper on the National Health Insurance (NHI) proposes a single, compulsory medical scheme for all, with private medical schemes being reduced to offering "complementary services". A central NHI Fund will buy health services from accredited healthcare providers. All citizens and permanent residents will be covered by the NHI, while a special fund will be set up for refugees. Documented asylum seekers will be able to access emergency care. Everyone else will...
NHI will cover everyone: Motsoaledi
Times Live | 11 December 2015
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has revealed some of the details regarding government's plan to introduce National Health Insurance (NHI). Under the NHI, medical schemes will only offer top-up cover for those services not covered by the NHI, the NHI will be funded through a central fund (partially funded from a payroll levy), medical brokers will be done away with (they currently receive R1.5 billion rand per year), and doctors will be able to access the central fund if they choose to...
NHI could require additional tax revenue of R71.9bn
BDlive | 11 December 2015
The financing requirements for National Health Insurance (NHI) could potentially require additional tax revenue of R71.9bn in 2010 prices by the financial year 2025-26, according to the NHI White Paper. Three potential sources of tax revenue are identified for funding the shortfall: increasing VAT, a payroll tax, and a surcharge on personal income tax. Five alternative scenarios using various combinations of these tax bases are identified as possibilities.
White Paper on National Health Insurance
National Department of Health | 11 December 2015
National Health Insurance (NHI) is a health financing system that is designed to pool funds to provide access to quality, affordable personal health services for all South Africans based on their health needs, irrespective of their socioeconomic status. NHI is intended to ensure that the use of health services does not result in financial hardships for individuals and their families.