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NEW AMENDMENTS TO MEDICAL SCHEME ACT SHOULD KEEP MEDICAL INFLATION IN CHECK

The recent announcement by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi of proposed amendments to Regulation 8 of the Medical Schemes Act (MSA) suggests that patients may no longer be paid out in full for all prescribed minimum benefits (PMBs) if the amendments are adopted. However, Graham Anderson, Principal Officer and CEO of Profmed, says the amendments are […]

SA BLOOD STOCKS AT EXTREMELY LOW LEVELS

Less than 1%, or 390 000, of South Africa’s population currently donates blood, resulting in the national blood stock supply hovering at less than 2 days, according to the South African National Blood Service (SANBS). According to Graham Anderson, Principal Officer and CEO at Profmed, the medical scheme catering exclusively to graduate professionals, this presents […]

PIONEERING MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY TRENDS CHANGING THE HEALTHCARE SECTOR

Advancements in technology have wrought tremendous change for a number of industries, often putting power firmly in the hands of end-users. This is particularly true in the healthcare and medical fields as new technological developments have created major benefits for both medical practitioners and their patients. Graham Anderson, CEO and Principal Officer at Profmed, says […]

LEGISLATION ON ALTERNATIVE MEDICINES VITAL FOR CONSUMERS

New legislation being introduced to monitor and regulate the use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) should be welcomed in order to ensure that consumers who opt to use such products are fully aware of the benefits, or lack thereof. This is according to Graham Anderson, CEO and Principal Officer at Profmed, who says that […]

HYPERTENSION THE BIGGEST CAUSE OF STROKES AND HEART ATTACKS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Hypertension is credited as being the biggest contributing factor to strokes, heart attacks and heart disease in South Africa, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. If the associated high blood pressure remains elevated over a period of time, it can even result in fatalities. According to Graham Anderson, Principal Officer and CEO at Profmed, […]

WHAT’S THE VACCINATION COMPLICATION?

The argument over whether or not to vaccinate continues to spark fierce debate among competing voices, particularly in light of recent reports of 19 infants being given the incorrect vaccine at a hospital in Cape Town, exposing them to the tuberculosis virus. To add to the general concern of the public, South Africans are now […]

PROFMED REPORT REVEALS DROP IN PSYCHIATRIC ADMISSIONS

Fewer South Africans were admitted into hospital with psychiatric conditions last year than the previous 12 months, according to the latest Profmed Psychiatric Report for 2014, partly attributed to the utilisation of Centres of Excellence. Profmed, the medical scheme catering exclusively for graduate professionals, found that the number of hospital admissions fell by 8.6% in […]

DEARTH IN CADAVERS THREATENING LOCAL MEDICAL SKILLS

The continued shortage of human body donations for the purpose of medical research and training in South Africa is likely to have a significant impact on the quality of the training that medical students receive. According to Graham Anderson, Principal Officer and CEO at Profmed, the medical scheme catering exclusively to graduate professionals, while the […]

EXODUS OF HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS AVOIDED DUE TO NEW RULING

The Constitutional Court’s recent ruling against sections 36 to 40 of the National Health Act, which was signed into law in March 2014, is a crucial development to prevent the emigration of thousands of healthcare professionals out of South Africa. According to Graham Anderson, Profmed CEO and Principal Officer, the provisions in the Act were […]

EFFECTIVE TIPS TO A STRESS FREE 2015

Now that we are well into the New Year and looking toward new goals and possibilities, many of us look back on the previous year and are glad that we made it through all of the stressful events in our professional and personal life. Now that we are well into the New Year and looking […]