The biggest health stories of 2019

2019-12-24 17:00

As the year nears its end and we start winding down, here’s what made headlines in the world of health in 2019.

SA private health care market plagued by market concentration

2018-08-20 06:13

The preliminary findings of the inquiry into the private health care sector shows worrying trends and key among the revelations are high concentration levels in the market.

Shake-up on the cards in the healthcare sector

2018-07-08 07:00

Landscape could change radically if inquiry’s findings and recommendations are accepted by state, industry and consumers.

Netcare posts healthy R31.78bn in revenue

2014-11-24 18:36

The demand for private health care in SA is expected to remain strong, which will support Netcare's growth over the next few years, says group CEO Richard Friedland.

Primary healthcare for domestic workers

2013-02-27 09:21

Private health-care will be available to domestic workers nation-wide at a cost of R170 to the employer, according to a report on Tuesday.

SA health insurance expenditure highest

2012-03-05 16:20

Private health insurance in South Africa is estimated to contribute 42% to national expenditure, says the People's Health Movement.


Medical schemes may have failed to address implicit racial bias, probe hears

2019-10-18 14:46

While medical schemes under the microscope were apparently "at pains" to avoid any obvious racial profiling in their systems and processes, attempts to be colourblind may have had the unintended effect of making it more difficult to address racial bias, according to expert testimony.

Why SA needs to discipline the private healthcare industry

2018-07-27 10:42

Debates around South Africa's health market inquiry must remember that not all proposals for regulating private economic activity are an attack on the market, says Steven Friedman.

Scathing new report slams confusing and expensive medical aid schemes

2018-07-05 12:22

Private health are in South Africa is characterised by ‘disempowered and uninformed’ consumers and schemes that are difficult to understand, according to a major new report by the Competition Commission.

Private health care must become cheaper

2013-11-28 16:28

The price of private health care needs to be reduced to help the National Health Insurance scheme work, according to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

State attacking private healthcare

2012-07-26 16:00

The government is seeking to replace private healthcare with national health insurance, says the Health Policy Unit of the Free Market Foundation.

Netcare to report 26% rise in earnings

2011-11-11 12:18

Netcare, SA's second-largest hospital group by value, says it expects an increase of up to 26% in full-year earnings.

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