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Heart Failure: Adding Life to Your Years
 

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Posted by E-DOC on Friday, September 29 @ 08:27:33 SAST (21 reads)
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Partner summit scales new heights in global healthcare
 

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Following on the success of the first Novartis Partner Summit in 2015, Novartis South Africa was pleased to host the second Partner Summit at their Headquarters in Waterfall, Midrand this week. A world leader in healthcare, Novartis operates in 140 countries including South Africa. The Company is intent upon discovering novel ways to treat disease, improve health and extend people’s lives using science-based innovation.


Posted by E-Doc on Wednesday, November 30 @ 13:12:37 SAST (117 reads)
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UPDATE_SeptOct14: Editorial Comment - In this issue...
 

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General practitioners manage patients with osteoarthritis on a daily basis, with treatments ranging from non-operative or conservative to orthopaedic referral for surgical intervention. In this article the epidemiology, risk factors, clinical presentation, radiographic findings and management is discussed. The majority of patients with small joint osteoarthritis respond well to non surgical treatments. Those with large joint osteoarthritis often require surgical intervention, particularly those patients with severe osteoarthritis of the hips and knees. The pain relief and improvement in quality of life as a result of these procedures is unquestionable. In the past joint replacements had limited durability. Today, techniques have improved considerably with fewer complications, less failures and increased longevity of the prostheses.

Posted by E-Doc on Tuesday, January 06 @ 10:40:27 SAST (331 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: BHF: HPCSA statements on DSP contracting
 

HMR Africa

The BHF is extremely concerned about the comments made recently by the Health Professions Council of South Africa. The HPCSA recently released a statement to the effect that health care practitioners should be cautious when concluding designated service provider (DSP) agreements with medical aid schemes, as the medical aids attempted to reduce costs by applying pressure on practitioners within a DSP network to prescribe medication or recommend treatment options, when other more appropriate, albeit more expensive, options were medically indicated and readily available.


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 12:00:05 SAST (608 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: BHF: Market enquiry into healthcare costs by the Competition Commission
 

HMR Africa

The Board of Healthcare Funders welcomes the Competition Commission’s market enquiry into healthcare costs and anticipates that the Commission’s added powers will result in robust scrutiny of the industry. The BHF also believes that the enquiry will pave the way for policy makers to legislate issues of pricing in the private healthcare provider sector and to introduce the reforms necessary in the private healthcare funding sector.


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:59:23 SAST (509 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: New findings offer new solutions for NCDs - PIASA
 

HMR Africa

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death globally, killing more people each year than all other causes combined. The four main NCD categories - cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung diseases and diabetes - kill three in five people worldwide, with nearly 80% of NCD deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries.


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:57:48 SAST (561 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: Interim Traditional Health Practitioners Council of South Africa inaugurated
 

HMR Africa

The inauguration of the ITHPC is a significant milestone towards integrating traditional medicine into the national health system (NHS) in South Africa. Traditional medicine has been recognised by WHO since 1978, as well as recently adapted by the AU in its Plan of Action on Traditional Medicine (2001-2010, but extended to 2011-2020).


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:57:01 SAST (4958 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: Health MEC warns senior managers against kick backs
 

HMR Africa

Gauteng Health MEC Hope Papo has warned senior managers in the department about “taking kickbacks leading to price hikes and delays in payments for suppliers".


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:55:54 SAST (457 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: The health industry's biggest challenges and doctors' role in addressi
 

HMR Africa

South Africa has more than its fair share of challenges in its health sector. If left alone these challenges will seriously impact economic growth, cause unnecessary suffering and jeopardise any chance we have of achieving our millennium development goals. As the leadership within the sector, we need to embrace opportunities afforded to us by our positions and do what we can to ensure the country’s major health challenges are addressed.


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:55:02 SAST (946 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: Handle your practice like the business it is - Part 1: the practice environment
 

HMR Africa

Introduction

Many ingredients are necessary to sustain the financial viability of any business, not excluding a professional practice. It is a fact of life that, in the medical, dental and associated professions, the major part of our occupational income is directly proportional to the actual time spent with patients (clients). Many of us tend to become so preoccupied with the obvious fundamentals - either consulting or performing clinical procedures - that we have little time or inclination for the other things that are essential to efficiently maintain a small business, which is exactly what each individual practice is.


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:53:14 SAST (476 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: Executive Summary of NHI Policy, Brief 26. Multiple purchasers and NHI in South
 

HMR Africa

The NHI Green Paper, released in August 2011, envisaged a single National Health Insurance Fund operating as a single purchaser but allowed for the possibility of a multi-payer system to be explored. Public comments on the Green Paper and a promised document on funding NHI have not yet been made public. The current vision for NHI, as presented in the NHI Green Paper, arose from resolutions at the ANC National Congress held in Polokwane in December 2007. A significant development at the National Congress at Mangaung in December 2012 was the endorsement of the National Development Plan 2030 as a platform for united action by all South Africans.


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:52:18 SAST (544 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: CARRS explained
 

HMR Africa

*Dr Reginald Broekmann

This acronym will be new to most readers. It stands for “Consultation and Registered Referral System”, which is the new referral system being piloted by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health at present. This system could form the backbone for the implementation of NHI.


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:51:29 SAST (499 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: 7 Questions to Benguela Health's Dr Reginald Broekmann
 

HMR Africa

Dr Reginald Broekmann, (MB.BCh, MBA, M.Phil) answered our questions about a revolutionary referral system currently piloted at various sites in KZN.

“CARRS is a system … that will optimise the use of all health resources and ensure the provision of health care within a defined budget.”


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:50:26 SAST (1423 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: Profiling public health and the public health medicine specialist
 

HMR Africa

It is not often that one gets the opportunity to interact with people who have made a significant mark in life, and more so those who have laid the foundation for daily practices in your personal career. It was therefore an absolute honour for me to conduct an in-depth interview with the clinical Head of Public Health Medicine at the University of Pretoria, Prof John Maila Matjila.


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:49:37 SAST (1234 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: Tariff determination will be a fair process
 

HMR Africa

Again explaining and stressing the legal mandate of the HPCSA’s professional boards to determine and publish Guideline Tariffs, incumbent CEO and Registrar of the HPCSA, Dr Mjamba-Matshoba also emphasised that the tariffs gazetted by the HPCSA in 2012 were not to be regarded as a target at which fees could be set, and that the profession’s input will be considered to determine the new guideline tariffs.


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:48:26 SAST (639 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: Tariff determination will be a fair process
 

HMR Africa

Again explaining and stressing the legal mandate of the HPCSA’s professional boards to determine and publish Guideline Tariffs, incumbent CEO and Registrar of the HPCSA, Dr Mjamba-Matshoba also emphasised that the tariffs gazetted by the HPCSA in 2012 were not to be regarded as a target at which fees could be set, and that the profession’s input will be considered to determine the new guideline tariffs.


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:48:24 SAST (398 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: The Cuban solution: is it producing?
 

HMR Africa

Discussing the Cuban medical training initiative, launched by the government to address the shortages in the doctor numbers in the country in 1996, Dr Dan Ncayiyana (Director, Benguela Health) elaborated on the programme’s major problems, most notably the Cuban-trained doctors’ underperformance in the South African healthcare system. He based his observations on a study he conducted in 2007. “It needs to be emphasised, though,” Dr Ncayiyana said, “that the Cuban-trained students underperform in South Africa, not because they are stupid or know less than their South African counterparts. It’s just that they have a different kind of knowledge than South African-trained students.


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:47:27 SAST (467 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: Health insurance vs medical schemes
 

HMR Africa

Discussing the demarcation tension between medical schemes and health insurance products, Clayton Samsodien, MD, Genesis Healthcare Consultants, confirmed that insurance products are “definitely performing the work of a medical aid”, but emphatically stressed that they are providing a benefit that most (lower-income) consumers can not normally afford. “If these products are outlawed, the lower income earners will suffer the most, as they will have no healthcare cover and will eventually become a burden on the State,” he predicted.


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:46:40 SAST (465 reads)
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Technology an aid
 

HMR Africa

Communications technology can add value by assisting with health risk assessment (HRA) and service delivery in health care. As an example, George Marx, Director and Actuary of Wellnicity, mentioned the use of hand-held devices given to health care workers at a pilot site in Pretoria North, Gauteng. The questionnaires on these devices provided patient data which, upon analysis, revealed the true extent of TB in the area.


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:45:49 SAST (677 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: Assistance for employees affected by HIV/AIDS
 

HMR Africa

Early this year, in Midrand, Johannesburg, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) launched its second edition of SANS 16001:2013 as a national standard for organisations in South Africa for effective management, support and assistance of employees affected by HIV/AIDS and TB. SANS 16001:2013 was developed to be aligned with government’s aim to increase access to health services for workers across the country.


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:44:53 SAST (1048 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: Ethics Alive debate finds need for greater healthcare advocacy
 

HMR Africa

As budget cuts and austerity begin to affect all countries and areas of public service, healthcare professionals increasingly have to put themselves in the firing line to advocate on behalf of, not only their own patients, but groups being denied their human right to healthcare.


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:43:59 SAST (422 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: Cutting-edge medical research presented at Carnegie Symposium
 

HMR Africa

Early this year, the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg hosted the Carnegie Clinician Scientist Symposium, showcasing their first cohort of Carnegie clinician scientists. Scientific clinical research is vital for contributing to the improvement of the health of the people of South Africa and these Fellowships have enabled young clinicians with an interest in research to obtain a PhD.


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:43:10 SAST (513 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: Taking action in the fight against HIV/AIDS
 

HMR Africa

The epidemic and its human impact

Since 1981, AIDS, the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), has resulted in an estimated 25 million deaths.

Today, it continues to be a leading cause of death globally, and even though infection rates have declined in recent years due in part to more widespread access to treatment, there still are approximately 7,000 new infections occurring every day. According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), about 34 million people currently are infected with HIV. Approximately 69% of these individuals live in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) treatment guidelines, 15 million of those infected need treatment, but only 8 million, or roughly half of them, receive it. For these reasons, the fight against HIV/AIDS remains an important global health priority.


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:42:11 SAST (419 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: Frequently-asked questions to the National HIV & TB Health Care Worker Hotli
 

HMR Africa

*Annoesjka Swart

Why does my patient’s CD4 count not rise even though he is on antiretrovirals and virologically suppressed?

In most adherent patients who start antiretroviral therapy (ART), the viral load will be below the limit of detection by six months. In addition, the CD4 count will rise in a biphasic manner. On average, the CD4 count will rise around 75 cells/µl in the first month, followed by a more gradual rise thereafter of around 80 cells/ µl per year.


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:41:17 SAST (576 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: Air pollution - still a global hazard to human health, part 1
 

HMR Africa

Introduction

A World Health Organisation (WHO) review on the evidence of the detrimental impact of air pollution on health aspects, was released on 31 January 2013. The research was carried out at the request of the European Commission. EU Commissioner for Environment, Janez Potocnik said: “EU air policy must be based on the latest science. That is why I asked WHO to undertake this research. The link it has found between air pollution and human health, reinforce the case for an ambitious new policy; it will be a key input to the 2013 air quality policy review.”


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:40:22 SAST (695 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: Court action by gold mine workers with silicosis
 

HMR Africa

Richard Spoor, South African human rights lawyer, filed action for damages in the South Gauteng High Court late last year, on behalf of current and former gold mine workers, as well as dependents of deceased workers, all who contracted silicosis while working in South African gold mines.


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:39:08 SAST (512 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: The best-laid urban plans: what are the health costs of living in South Africa?
 

HMR Africa

Unless the feedback from residents of existing settlements is taken into account in urban planning, the inhabitants of new housing projects and informal settlements will suffer poor health and well-being, according to ongoing research from the African Centre for Cities’ Healthy Cities CityLab. The research comes at an especially relevant time, as Cape Town and other South African cities are undergoing large-scale, state-driven transformation through national programmes for the provision of low-income housing, infrastructure and the renewal of low-income residential areas.


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:38:20 SAST (439 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: Aspen Pharmacare receives PMR Golden Arrow Award
 

HMR Africa

Aspen, generics and pharmaceutical manufacturer, has been awarded PMR’s Golden Arrow Award for its corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects and initiatives.


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:37:22 SAST (896 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: Award for WITS prof
 

HMR Africa

Late in April this year, President, Jacob Zuma honoured Wits Faculty of Health Sciences Professor Glenda Gray the Order of Mapungubwe for her life-saving research focusing on the mother-to-child transmission of HIV. The awards ceremony was held at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria.


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:36:37 SAST (462 reads)
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HMR 1st Qtr 2013: Mylan launches ARVs in South Africa
 

HMR Africa

Mylan Inc. (Nasdaq: MYL), one of the world's leading generic and specialty pharmaceutical companies, recently announced that its subsidiary in South Africa, Mylan (Proprietary) Limited, has launched a comprehensive portfolio of antiretroviral (ARV) products. South Africa has the world’s largest HIV/AIDS population, with approximately 5.6 million1 people living with the disease and an estimated 1.7 million2 people receiving treatment.


Posted by E-Doc on Monday, May 27 @ 11:35:50 SAST (1030 reads)
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