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FAMILY THE LEADING CAUSE OF STRESS FOR SA’S PROFESSIONALS

South Africa’s graduate professionals are more stressed by their families than any other reason, including financial commitments or their occupation. This is according to a recent survey of nearly 3 000 of Profmed’s graduate professional members on the levels of stress facing this demographic. According to Graham Anderson, Principal Officer and CEO of Profmed, the […]

Escalating healthcare costs can be mitigate by new Inquiry

The South African private healthcare industry is currently facing a number of challenges, not least the escalating cost of healthcare. However, there is a rare opportunity to tackle this problem head on with the launch of an inquiry by the South African Competition Commission into the healthcare industry. It is hoped that the investigation into […]

PROTECT YOUR BRIGHT FUTURE WITH PROFMED

As an undergraduate or honours student who has been studying four years or more towards your qualification, it is clear that you are committed to ensuring you make the best possible choices for yourself. By investing in yourself, you are making sure that you have access to bigger, better and brighter things – and one […]

HAVE A HEALTHY HOLIDAY

The year-end summer season in South Africa is one of the most enjoyable times of year, but feeling ill can ruin even the most festive of holidays. “Often, the overindulging, late nights and too much sun on your holidays can effect on our long and short term health,” says Graham Anderson, Principal Officer and CEO […]

PREPARING FOR CHRONIC DISEASE – WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

The Chronic Disease Initiative for Africa (CDIA) recently reported on the poor management of chronic and lifestyle diseases in South Africa at large, explaining that many are failing to receive proper treatment. This is often due to lower income groups having minimal access to state-funded medical care and facilities. However, many individuals who are currently […]

INDEPENDENT BODY NEEDED TO OVERSEE ORGAN TRANSPLANTS IN SA

South Africa needs to establish an independent body to manage organ donation, which is not associated with any hospital or private healthcare group, to ensure that the process remains fair and strict protocols are adhered to. This is according to Graham Anderson, Principal Officer at Profmed, the medical scheme catering exclusively to graduate professionals, who […]

EARLY DETECTION OF POSTNATAL DEPRESSION CAN LEAD TO SIGNIFICANT LONG-TERM MEDICAL BENEFITS

Thousands of new mothers feel overwhelmed during the first few months after giving birth, with many suffering in silence because their postnatal depression goes untreated. Early diagnosis and quick access to treatment of this condition is crucial – both for the mother and the family’s health, but also to manage long-term medical costs. Graham Anderson, […]

TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH AND REDUCE THE EFFECTS OF BREAST CANCER

Breast cancer is arguably the most frightening of the dread diseases, and while genetics contribute to this unregulated cell growth, there are many lifestyle contributors – the most significant of which is smoking. This is according to Graham Anderson, Principal Officer of Profmed, the medical scheme catering exclusively to graduate professionals, who says breast cancer […]

RESTRUCTURING OF MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS OF PUBLIC HOSPITALS KEY TO MEETING BASIC HEALTHCARE NEEDS OF ALL SOUTH AFRICANS

With the Department of Health making significant strides in delivering services that meet the basic needs of all South Africans, the restructuring of the management system of public hospitals may be the next logical step towards achieving even greater results. According to Graham Anderson, Principal Officer of Profmed, the medical scheme catering exclusively to graduate […]

SWINE FLU MORE SEVERE – GET VACCINATED BEFORE WINTER SETS IN

South Africans should take preventative action and get vaccinated against the flu virus as soon as possible. “The highly contagious swine flu was especially severe in the Northern Hemisphere with California reporting 243 deaths, of people all under 65 years old. These viruses are not just a concern for children and the elderly – but healthy individuals […]

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