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An efficient public health sector can provide quality universal healthcare

31 July 2017: The need for universal healthcare in the country has become a necessity as economic uncertainty and the rising cost of living continue to take their toll on South Africans. While the National Health Insurance (NHI) has the noble intension of creating a healthcare system which is not only affordable but accessible to […]

Stress greatest threat to modern men

29 June 2017: Heart disease, asthma, obesity, diabetes and depression are just some of the many health problems facing modern men. All these issues have one thing in common, they can all be caused by stress. Stress remains the biggest threat facing men in this fast-moving world, according to Graham Anderson, CEO and principal officer […]

Blood donations a critical part of the national health system

10 August 2017: The donation of blood is as critical to the national health system as air is to a human. However, according to the South African National Blood Service (SANBS), less than 1% of the country’s population are active blood donors. A unit of blood lasts for 42 days after donation, making it imperative […]

Mental health awareness still lagging in South Africa

28 August 2017: Depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder are just a few of the words commonly thrown around in today’s society. They are used to self-diagnose or rationalise the behaviour in others. However, mental illness is a far greater issue in South Africa than most people would believe. According to the South African Depression and […]


Early detection crucial in the fight against cervical cancer 02 October 2017: September sees South Africa raise awareness of cervical cancer among South African women and how this serious disease can be overcome. According to the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among South African women. One […]

High risk, high contributions: Why medical scheme legislation needs a revamp

Tipping the scales: Lifestyle diseases come at great cost to both the economy and medical schemes. 03 May 2017: The cost of health care continues to vastly outpace inflation in most major economies, and research shows that soaring medical expenses are largely driven by claims related to lifestyle choices, such as smoking, a lack of […]

Why You Need Medical Aid Cover

Yes, life is short but don’t be fooled, it can be shortened. Especially if you don’t have medical aid cover in the event of an emergency. Over the past few years, medical aid schemes have undergone numerous changes, especially in regards to the tailoring of plans to suit individual needs and budget, as well as […]

SA government to enforce the registration of domestic medical devices

The South African government will soon enforce the registration of domestic medical devices and its manufacturers, importers and distributors first proposed in 2015 in amendments to the Medicines and Related Substances Act. When the Act comes into operation it will result in significant changes to the regulatory regime currently in place, says Profmed’s CEO and […]

High risk, high contributions: Why medical scheme legislation needs a revamp

This is according to Graham Anderson, CEO and Principal Officer of Profmed, who says LJPs are designed to incentivise people to join medical schemes when they are young and in good health, boosting scheme reserves. LJPs were implemented in the Medical Schemes Act of 1998. “Before that, schemes were able to ‘risk rate’ members,” says […]

Work overtakes health as leading cause of stress for SA professionals

Work is the leading stress factor for South African professionals, with nearly one in 10 recently taking time off work from stress-related illnesses, according to the third annual Profmed Stress Index. The 2016 edition of the index, compiled from survey responses of nearly 3 000 of Profmed’s professional membership base, revealed that almost 32% of […]