Year in review: Moving towards quality healthcare for all

2011-12-23 13:23

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi moved a step closer to implementing the National Health Insurance plan when he published the policy document for public comment in August.

Why it matters:
The government-run scheme aims to ensure that all South Africans have access to quality healthcare regardless of their socioeconomic status.

» An antiretroviral (ARV)-based gel trial that was set to confirm the findings of the CAPRISA trial failed to show positive results.

Why it matters:
It was a huge blow for researchers because more women than men are infected with HIV.
» The North Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) ordered medical schemes to pay doctors’ claims in full.

Why it matters:
Patients no longer have to do co-payment, but schemes may be forced to increase their premiums.
» All people living with HIV and who have a CD4 count of 350 or less are now eligible for ARVs.

Why it matters:

Studies have shown the benefits of starting treatment early. 

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