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‘Too late to stop biggest threat to modern medicine’ – Profmed CEO

The overuse of antibiotics may have created an unstoppable health threat to humanity and medicine, says Profmed’s CEO and Principal Officer, Graham Anderson. On Wednesday (21 September), all 193 member states of the United Nations signed a declaration to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR), including antibiotic resistance, which they described as “the biggest threat to modern […]

Are mobile phones increasing rates of Hospital-Acquired Infections in South Africa?

More research needs to be done into whether cellphone usage by healthcare providers in hospitals is a cause of Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAIs) in South Africa. This is according to Graham Anderson, CEO and Principal Officer of Profmed, who has called on both private and public sector hospitals to implement systems and dedicated teams to monitor […]

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 needs single organisation to coordinate organ transplants

The establishment of an independent organisation is urgently needed to coordinate the organ donation process and reverse the decline in the number of transplants in South Africa. This is, according to Graham Anderson, CEO and Principal Officer at Profmed, who says that the number of kidney transplants carried out in South Africa has dropped from […]

Exercising each day helps keep hypertension away

South Africans are urged to focus on exercise and healthy lifestyles, especially in their 20s and 30s, to prevent hypertension and its associated risks such as strokes and vascular dementia later in life. Graham Anderson, CEO and Principal Officer of Profmed, says that sustained hypertension (high blood pressure) during ones 20s and 30s is particularly […]

Prevention Key to Ridding South Africa of Malaria by 2020

Great strides have been made in addressing the scourge of malaria in South Africa, yet prevention rather than cure needs to become the priority if the country is to eradicate the infectious disease by 2020. This is according to Graham Anderson, CEO and Principal Officer of Profmed, who says preventative measures such as cross-border collaborations, […]

INSOMNIA ISN’T JUST A COOL CONCEPT – IT IS REAL

While obesity remains a growing global concern, insomnia is a close contender. According to the Mental Health Information Centre of Southern Africa about 10 percent of adults suffer from insomnia. This percentage could likely be linked to the quality of life in South Africa. The current economic environment in South Africa coupled with the flailing […]

Changes to Road Accident Fund (RAF) likely to increase malpractice suits for private doctors

Private doctors are likely to see an increase in malpractice suit possibilities because of pending changes to the Road Accident Fund. The situation, in turn, is ultimately likely to impact on fees passed on to private patients. This is according to Graham Anderson, CEO and Principal Officer of Profmed, who was commenting on a view […]

MEDICAL SCHEMES RESTRICTED DUE TO PROPOSED CHANGES TO NHI

The White Paper on National Health Insurance (NHI), released late last year for public comment, proposes mandatory membership of the NHI and reduces the role of medical schemes to merely providing “complementary services”. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has distanced himself from a controversial proposal in this paper, which seeks to cut the benefits offered by […]