10 hospital plan facts

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What exactly do you get when you opt for a hospital plan? Susan Erasmus explains.

How to move to another medical scheme

2014-09-19 14:43

If you want to move to another medical scheme, there are quite a few things to remember and it is advisable to start getting your paperwork together in advance.

Ebola team killed in cold blood in Guinea

2014-09-19 07:45

At least seven people who were part of a team sent to educate villagers in south-eastern Guinea about Ebola have been found dead after they were attacked by angry locals, the government says.


This groundbreaking video, part of a paper submitted to the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, shows what childbirth is really like from the inside.

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Ebola crisis 'being used to attack media freedom'

2014-09-18 14:27

From the closure of newspapers to arrests and harassment of journalists, rights groups and the media say Liberia’s fight against Ebola is being accompanied by an alarming assault on press freedom.

Pregnant woman falls out of moving ambulance

2014-09-18 13:30

Two drivers have been suspended after a woman in labour fell out of their moving ambulance in Ntabankulu, near Mount Frere.

Liberia hopes US Ebola pledge will spur others to act

2014-09-18 07:29

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says she hopes President Barack Obama’s decision to send 3 000 troops to West Africa to battle the worst Ebola outbreak on record would spur other countries to help.

Chopin's heart shows signs of TB

2014-09-17 21:06

Medical experts say composer Frederic Chopin's preserved heart bears signs of tuberculosis.

Hospitals 'don't care much about patients'

2014-09-17 18:00

A medical doctor continues the debate about problems in the private hospital care industry by sharing his own behind-the-scenes experience.

Australia pledges $6.4m to fight Ebola

2014-09-17 10:23

Australia has announced it will immediately provide an additional $6.4m to help the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Liberia must wait weeks for new Ebola centres – WHO

2014-09-17 07:47

The Ebola response in Liberia will focus on community-level care units since new bed spaces are likely to be ready for weeks or months, the WHO says.

China ups medics in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone

2014-09-16 13:58

China is set to send more medics to Ebola-hit Sierra Leone to help boost laboratory testing for the virus, raising the total number of Chinese medical experts there to 174, the UN says.

AU to send 30 Ebola specialists to Liberia

2014-09-15 14:47

The AU is preparing to send a team of 30 health workers and other specialists to help fight an Ebola outbreak that killed more than 2 400 people in West Africa.

Scientists unveil magnetic cure for bad blood

2014-09-14 22:46

Scientists said they have invented a device that uses a magnet to extract bacteria, fungi and toxins from blood, potentially throwing a lifeline to patients with sepsis and other infections.

Ebola taking 'heartbreaking' toll on Liberian kids

2014-09-12 22:52

The murderous Ebola outbreak ripping through west Africa is taking a devastating toll on children, with at least 2 000 orphaned in worst-hit Liberia alone, the UN says.

UN vows to 'stay the course' in Ebola-hit Liberia

2014-09-12 14:01

The UN has vowed its peacekeepers will not abandon Liberia and will "stay the course" despite the Ebola epidemic raging across the west African nation.

Cuba sending hundreds of doctors to fight Ebola

2014-09-12 10:43

By sending doctors and nurses, Cuba will provide a much-needed injection of medical expertise to fight Ebola in West Africa

Dagga-using students often unsuccessful with studies

2014-09-12 10:09

Adolescents who make use of cannabis on a daily basis are most likely to become drug dependent, try harder drugs, attempt suicide and be unsuccessful in their studies.

Ebola test on man who died on ship docked in Durban

2014-09-12 08:08

Tests have been carried out on a sailor who died on a container ship docked in Durban to confirm that he did not die from Ebola.

Two sides to private hospital care

2014-09-11 17:39

The focus in the debate on the reasons for the high cost of private hospital care has shifted to the conditions and behaviour of staff at these hospitals.

Ebola: US gives ambulances to Sierra Leone

2014-09-11 10:28

The US has donated five ambulances to help Sierra Leone’s fight against Ebola as the West African government acknowledged it can take up to 24 hours to pick up bodies in the spiralling crisis.

Ebola not a death sentence - Nigerian survivor

2014-09-11 07:42

A Nigerian Ebola survivor says the disease is "not a death sentence" and believes his survival can give hope to those who fall ill.

Truth and myth of strawberry birthmarks

2014-09-10 21:00

Do simple birthmarks have a deeper significance?


Guinea condemns killing of Ebola team

2014-09-19 13:59

Guinea’s government says it strongly condemns the killing of eight people who were abducted and killed while on an Ebola awareness campaign in Womey.

Sierra Leone launches controversial Ebola shutdown

2014-09-19 09:17

Sierra Leon has launched a controversial three-day shutdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus, as the UN Security Council declared the deadly outbreak a threat to world peace.

Bill Gates: New super-thin condom soon

2014-09-18 21:21

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates says progress is being made on developing a "next-generation" ultra-thin, skin-like condom that could offer better sexual pleasure.


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Sierra Leone readies for controversial Ebola lockdown

2014-09-18 15:36

Sierra Leone is preparing for an unprecedented three-day nationwide lockdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus in a controversial move which experts say could worsen the epidemic.

Passive smoking

2014-09-18 13:37

The health risks associated with passive smoking are generally less well known than those of direct smoking – but they have been proved beyond a doubt

Liza Minnelli recovering after surgery and sends her love

2014-09-18 09:09

Liza Minnelli is said to be resting comfortably in a California hospital after undergoing back surgery earlier this week and she's thanking fans for their well wishes.

SA negating Ebola role - expert

2014-09-17 21:08

SA should have played the leading role in the fight against the spread of the Ebola virus in Africa, Frans Viljoen, director of the University of Pretoria's centre for human rights, says.

Epidemics require rational approach

2014-09-17 20:06

Less restrictive means should always be implemented to control epidemics, Frans Viljoen, director of the University of Pretoria’s centre for human rights, has said.

Celebrating failure key to success for Roche CEO

2014-09-17 15:42

Celebrations to mark the lessons learned from a failed experiment are an important component of Roche CEO's drive to encourage risk-taking.

Ebola: Call for boycott of Nigeria school restart

2014-09-17 09:17

The head of Nigeria's main teachers union has called for a boycott of next week’s re-opening of schools, saying there hasn't been enough training to protect against Ebola virus.

Obama: Ebola crisis 'spiralling out of control'

2014-09-17 07:47

President Barack Obama has issued a global call to action to fight West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, warning the deadly outbreak is unprecedented and "spiralling out of control".

Ascendis Health concludes BEE deal

2014-09-15 18:02

Ascendis Health has concluded a R50m BEE transaction with WDB Investment Holdings Proprietary Limited.

Is there really a link between autism and MMR vaccines?

2014-09-15 12:24

The claim that strict vaccination programmes for children result in markedly higher incidences of autism has bubbled under the surface of healthcare for decades, and now the debate appears to have reared its head again.

Rampant Ebola fear takes toll on Africa tourism

2014-09-13 22:30

Ebola is thousands of miles away from Kenya's pristine Indian Ocean beaches, but the deadly disease appears to be discouraging tourism there and elsewhere in Africa.

Vicious cycle makes medical schemes expensive

2014-09-12 17:47

There is a vicious cycle at play in SA's medical aid industry, says an insider, who offers some insights and possible solutions.

Ebola death toll hits 2 400 - WHO

2014-09-12 13:00

The worst-ever outbreak of Ebola fever has now killed more than 2 400 people and infected twice that number, according to the WHO.

American gets blood from fellow Ebola survivor

2014-09-12 10:23

An American aid worker infected with Ebola has been given blood from a fellow doctor who battled the disease, and doctors say the man has responded well to aggressive treatment in the past week.

Ebola cases double to 62 in the Congo

2014-09-12 10:03

The number of suspected and confirmed Ebola infections in the Democratic Republic of Congo has doubled to 62 within a week, the World Health Organizationsaid Thursday in Geneva.

In US, calls mount for major scale-up to Ebola crisis

2014-09-12 07:56

The world response to the deadly Ebola crisis in West Africa needs a major scale-up that should include military flights for delivering supplies, US lawmakers and leading doctors say.

Ebola: South African quarantined in Nigeria

2014-09-11 13:45

Nigerian health authorities say they are holding, for Ebola testing, a South African national in transit to her country because she is showing potential symptoms of the disease after working in Guinea and Sierra Leone.

S Leone expects to uncover 100s of hidden Ebola cases

2014-09-11 09:08

Sierra Leone says it expects to uncover up to 20% more Ebola victims when it imposes a nationwide curfew to find the dead and sufferers who have yet to go to hospital.

SA has 8th-highest suicide rate in world

2014-09-10 21:08

South Africa has the eighth-highest suicide rate in the world, the SA Federation for Mental Health says.

Why private health care is expensive

2014-09-10 18:16

Before complaining about the high cost of private hospital care, consumers must be aware of the expensive background workings, says an insider.

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