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A new study reaffirms previous surveys that show doctors tend to order more tests and treatments, or to select particular treatments over others, when they have a financial interest in those services.  Picture: THINKSTOCK

Doctor plan may exclude poor from training

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi shoots down suggestions that private institutions be allowed to train doctors to alleviate shortage of physicians

Countries spending money on ineffective flu drugs, study finds

Picture: REUTERS
6 day(s) ago

SA and many other countries have spent money on stockpiling influenza drugs that are little better than paracetamol at relieving symptoms

Opinion

EDITORIAL: Carrots, not sticks, for National Health Insurance

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi briefs the media media after meeting with the health cluster at a State of the Nation Address debate on Tuesday.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s plans for NHI appear to have hit their first economic reality: people aren’t willing to work for the state if they can get a better wage elsewhere

SA traditional medicine comes under the microscope

A selection of traditional medicine on display at the Faraday muti market in Johannesburg. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
8 day(s) ago

After decades in the shadows, sangomas are modernising and becoming big business, raising questions about need for strict regulation

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

EDITORIAL: Motsoaledi right to clamp down

The Department of Health is trying to regulate the sale of products that are not conventional allopathic medicines but for which some health benefit is claimed

Ministry, Netcare back Maseru hospital

Dr Richard Friedland, CEO of Netcare. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
7 day(s) ago

Lesotho’s health ministry has joined Netcare in defending their ambitious public-private partnership hospital, following a damning report by Oxfam

Cellphones offer innovative solutions to local problems

Picture: THINKSTOCK
9 day(s) ago

Ubiquitous mobile technology used in projects such as e-learning and antiretroviral therapy, writes Samuel Mungadze

Nyaope classification revives drug sentencing debate

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga. Picture: SOWETAN
10 day(s) ago

Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act now classifies wunga as illegal substance, but experts believe prison does not act as deterrent, better to treat root cause of addiction

TAC says some political parties have ‘very poor’ understanding of healthcare delivery

13 day(s) ago

While ANC, DA responded to its questions, other high-profile parties did not

Condom use falls in SA as HIV/AIDS fear declines — survey

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
15 day(s) ago

South Africans using fewer condoms, sleeping around more and becoming less knowledgeable about HIV/AIDS, says HSRC

SA on alert after Ebola outbreak in Guinea

A doctor works in a laboratory on collected samples of the Ebola virus at the Centre for Disease Control in Entebbe, about 37km southwest of Uganda's capital, Kampala, in August 2012. Picture: REUTERS
23 day(s) ago

National Institute of Communicable Diseases issues alert to port health authorities to be on lookout for travellers arriving from Guinea with suspected Ebola

Mass TB tests ‘would save billions’

Picture: THINKSTOCK
22 day(s) ago

Southern African countries could realise huge savings if they tested and treated all mineworkers in gold and platinum industries for TB, says World Bank study

Provincial health department concedes tenders were ‘awarded irregularly’

8 day(s) ago

KwaZulu-Natal department of education says National School Nutrition Programme tenders were given to companies that had not qualified

‘Golden era’ of antibiotics quickly coming to an end

PAIN KILLER: Long-term high-dose use of common painkillers are hazardous in terms of heart attack risk.   Picture: THINKSTOCK
13 day(s) ago

Scientists warn that South African doctors need to start prescribing antibiotics much more carefully or they will tip South Africa back to the pre-antibiotic era

Opinion

Africa has talent to solve its medical problems

FUMIGATION: Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi conducts residual spraying to prevent malaria at Bungeni, Limpopo, last year. Picture: SOWETAN

Globalisation of medical research has enabled African countries to establish a research infrastructure

Opinion

Wipe out malaria by wiping out worst poverty

FUMIGATION: Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi conducts residual spraying to prevent malaria at Bungeni, Limpopo, last year. Picture: SOWETAN

Only when we eliminate dire poverty, will it be possible for malaria to be eradicated once and for all

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