A view from Dr Jonathan Broomberg, CEO of Discovery Health, on the National Health Insurance Bill and the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill

A view from Dr Jonathan Broomberg, CEO of Discovery Health, on the National Health Insurance Bill and the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill

Our initial reflection on the proposed NHI system outlined in the Bill, is that it is pragmatic and workable. The Bill proposes the establishment of the NHI Fund and its associated governance and advisory structures. It indicates that for the next several years (at least until 2022), the NHI Fund will focus on funding critically-needed…

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Five clinical technologists suspended for refusing to abandon theatre patients

Five clinical technologists suspended for refusing to abandon theatre patients

The Gauteng health department has been coy about the failure to perform open-heart surgeries at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital last month, after management suspended five specialised clinical technologists. The cardiovascular perfusionists allegedly refused to abandon patients in theatre in order to help with a liver transplant at a nearby private hospital. This led to management…

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Doctors in Canada reject pay hike: ‘We already make too much money’

Doctors in Canada reject pay hike: ‘We already make too much money’

Cape Town – Medical doctors in Quebec are protesting against a ‘shocking’ increase in salaries as they bring to light the plight of nurses, clerks and other health professionals. They have started an online petition asking for their recent pay raises to be cancelled. It has already garnered about 800 signatories, including physicians, general practitioners,…

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