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Profmed Medical Scheme maintains strong rating from GCR

Global Credit Ratings (GCR) has affirmed the national scale claims paying ability rating assigned to Profmed of AA-(ZA), with the rating outlook accorded as Stable. (more…)

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Innovative customer service solution for SA medical scheme members

Discovery Health, South Africa’s largest medical scheme administrator, today announced a partnership with Pypestream, a leading global messaging platform that was specifically developed for customer communication. (more…)

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The massive skills shortage in South Africa’s nursing profession has alarming implications for the level of patient care provided

The real cost of the skills shortage in the SA health sector

Nurses make up the largest group of healthcare providers in South Africa. The performance of any healthcare system is directly dependent on the quality of care afforded by these healthcare professionals. Yet in 2015, a report by the University of Witwatersrand revealed that over 60% of nurses admitted reporting that they felt too tired to […]

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How to Choose Medical Aid Plans in SA

It’s coming to that time of year when we all need to take a long hard look at the medical aid plans we belong to and decide whether to stick with what we’ve got, upgrade or move providers. (more…)

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Men: Protect yourself against these killers

In support of Men’s Health Month this June, Liberty Medical Scheme highlights five of the biggest killers of men in South Africa1, helping men to arm themselves with healthier habits earlier on so as to ensure long-term good health! Heart disease Heart disease is one of the biggest killers in South Africa. Around one in […]

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Proposed demarcation regulations

By  Michael Settas, Managing Director of Xelus Specialised Insurance Solutions “Treasury’s release last week of the 2nd draft of the Demarcation Regulations – intended to create the boundaries for separating health insurance business from that of medical schemes – seems to be a half-baked attempt at placating all stakeholders. In doing so, they are creating […]

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Generic medication key to reduce healthcare costs

Private healthcare costs are spiralling out of control in South Africa, making it unaffordable for many poor and middle class citizens. The sector is therefore looking at many different ways to control and reduce costs, one such being, advocating the use of generic medication as opposed to branded medication. This is according to Graham Anderson, […]

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Increasing medical cover to 30% of population would relieve public healthcare sector

If medical scheme membership increased from 17% to 30% of the population, it could help relieve pressure on the public health system, according to Barry Childs, CEO of CareGauge and Lighthouse Actuarial Consulting. Speaking at the Hospital Association of South Africa’s (HASA) 19th annual conference in Cape Town, Childs outlined ways for the private healthcare […]

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