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STRESSFUL LIFESTYLES LEADING TO INCREASED DIAGNOSIS OF MENTAL DISEASE AMONG SA PROFESSIONALS

Increasingly stressful lifestyles as well as a growing awareness of the impacts thereof has led to a significant rise in the diagnosis and treatment sought for mental disorders such as anxiety, depression and bipolar mood disorder, particularly among professional South Africans. This according to Graham Anderson, Principal Officer of Profmed, the medical scheme catering exclusively […]

REGULATORY REFORM NEEDED TO CONTROL RISING COSTS IN SA MEDICAL SCHEME INDUSTRY

The South African medical scheme industry is under increasing pressure to deal with escalating costs in a rapidly changing sector without the necessary regulatory support needed to legally adapt to these changes. In order to control rising costs and in turn protect medical scheme members from continuous increases, government needs to focus on the more […]

HPV VACCINE CRUCIAL TO CONTROLLING HEALTHCARE COSTS IN SA

Ballooning costs associated from both the increase in cancer patients and the new technologies and methods of treatment being used, has prompted the South African healthcare industry to champion proactive protection against preventable cancers and to find ways to reduce the cost of the treatment thereof. The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine is a valuable […]

UNDERSTANDING CHANGES TO TAX RETURNS ON MEDICAL SCHEME CONTRIBUTIONS

Income tax deductions for medical scheme contributions for taxpayers below the age of 65 years have now changed into tax credits. This system of tax credits seeks to bring about greater fairness, so that all taxpayers, no matter what their income, will derive an equal tax benefit for their medical scheme contributions, as the tax […]

IMPROVED FUNDING FOR SA HOSPICES CRUCIAL TO THE STABILITY OF LOCAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

A recent report by the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa revealed that funding for South African hospices has decreased dramatically in 2013, following a withdrawal of US funding. Hospices provide an invaluable support service to the overburdened healthcare system of South Africa and as a result, it’s imperative that hospices are not only […]

INTERVENTION NEEDED TO CURE THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY OF LOSING VITAL STAFF

Nurses are a vital part of a robust healthcare framework and South Africa has a dire need to address the critical shortage of qualified nurses in the private and public sector. This relies on improved investment into nurses training colleges and addressing the negative perceptions around the remuneration of South African nurses. This is according […]

SOUTH AFRICANS URGED TO GET VACCINE AS FLU STRAIN WORSENS

A change of season is almost always a trigger of the flu. Furthermore, with new data showing that the 2012-2013 flu season in the Northern hemisphere was the worst in years, it is more important than ever to take preventative action. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shows that in the United States, […]