The Competition Commission has found that medical aid members have been getting a raw deal and now schemes and healthcare providers have two months to respond to recommendations that there be changes to the way the private healthcare sector operates and that medical aids clarify their offerings.
According to the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SASA), data from their members showed that almost a fifth of the country’s 2826 specialist anaesthesiologists are “vulnerable to move or leave South Africa”.
Corruption, medicine shortages, healthworkers being barred from treating patients – the public healthcare sector in the North West province has been in crisis for weeks. Health-e News’s GRAEME MAKAM reports.
EASTERN CAPE – Holy Cross Hospital nurses might find themselves without accomodation come January 2018. This follows a notice of eviction granted by Anglican Church Mission authorities who claim that the land on which the nurses’ home is situated is owned by the church.
The crisis at the Gauteng Health Department deepens by the day as unpaid suppliers withhold services and legal claims mount, while services are paralysed because bank accounts have been attached and phone lines have been suspended.
In poor communities healthy food is less accessible, affordable and tasty. But, with a vegetable and a business plan, one man has started a healthy-eating revolution in a Western Cape township based on spinach.
While state-owned enterprises get frequent billion rand bail-outs and state corruption may have cost R100-billion, the public health sector is under massive pressure to cut costs – and this is threatening healthcare.
Sick patients have been forced to leave their beds at the Holy Cross Hospital and head outside to a nearby stream to fetch their own water because taps in the government health facility ran dry.