Rise in cancer diagnoses and costs show no sign of abating - report

2020-02-07 06:00

Discovery Health Medical Scheme says its costs for oncology-related treatments rose by 135% between 2011 and 2018.

India launches 'Modicare', world's biggest health scheme

2018-09-25 08:41

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the world's biggest health insurance scheme, promising free coverage for half a billion of India's poorest citizens ahead of national elections next year.

Medical malpractice litigation: Undermining South Africa’s health system

2018-04-17 10:38

South Africans are becoming increasingly litigious, with not only the number of claims rising but also the size of the claims.

This rare treatment will cost you more than R10 million

2018-01-08 14:46

A first-of-its-kind genetic treatment for blindness will be one of the most expensive genetic therapies the world has ever seen.

Gap cover and hospital cash plans here to stay

2016-11-25 11:42

Gap cover and hospital cash plans will still be available to consumers, but the days of primary healthcare insurance policies are over, according to new regulations.

When is a medical emergency an emergency?

2016-09-14 11:16

You think you need emergency medical care right away, but will your scheme foot the bill?

At least 150 SABC staff defrauded its medical aid

2015-06-19 13:19

The SABC has vowed to act against at least 150 staff members who have defrauded its Medscheme, and says it will expand its corruption probe.

US heart patients get unnecessary cholesterol tests

2013-07-02 10:24

Many US heart patients may be getting unnecessary cholesterol tests, contributing to rising health costs, a new study suggests.

Circumcisions are a money-spinner: Motsoaledi

2013-05-31 10:04

Unscrupulous people are abusing the traditional ritual of circumcision to earn quick money, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi said.

Burn victim undergoes cutting edge procedure

2013-04-26 08:48

Five-year-old Celiwe Maseko will today undergo a hi-tech skin cloning procedure in Johannesburg.


Many cancer docs don't discuss costs of pricey gene tests

2019-12-08 19:07

Costs of cancer care are rising, and there are increasing concerns about high patient out-of-pocket costs for cancer treatment.

Hearing tests go digital

2018-05-23 18:02

A South African company, hearX Group, is makes hearing screening accessible to the masses thanks to its affordable smartphone and computer technologies.

Medical claims against the state skyrocket

2018-03-04 06:00

The enormous escalation of medical negligence claims against state hospitals will probably see payouts of up to R1.5 billion at the end this financial year.

New laws on gap cover and hospital cash plans

2017-01-09 06:01

Treasury recently gazetted final demarcation regulations, ending uncertainty on the future of gap cover, hospital cash plans and primary healthcare policies.

Netcare records profit boost in sluggish economy

2016-11-21 13:49

Healthcare company Netcare’s bottom line jumped 19.1% to R2.9bn for the year ending 30 September 2016.

Want kids? Save now

2015-10-14 11:34

With so many things on your to-do list during pregnancy, how important is it to start planning for your child's future now?

Cost of diabetes care skyrockets in US

2014-11-25 15:27

The increasing cost of diabetes care in the US underscores the importance of finding ways to reduce the burden of prediabetes and diabetes.

New cancer treatments add pressure to control costs

2013-06-10 12:23

Doctors at this week's annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology heard groundbreaking data on a new class of immune system boosters that some believe will become the main treatment for more than half of all cancers in the next 10 years.

Many medical guidelines don't consider costs

2013-05-08 10:19

Many of the top medical societies don't consider costs when developing best practices.

Vaccine misconceptions can prove deadly

2013-04-23 12:24

Vaccinations save approximately 3 million lives each year worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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