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NHI funding remains a mystery

How National Health Insurance (NHI) will be funded seems to raise endless questions and provide few answers. It was hoped Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana would answer some of these questions in his 2024 Budget speech.

Department warns about ‘misleading’ vaccine voice note

The Department of Health has warned people to ignore a voice note making the rounds claiming people vaccinated against Covid-19 are dying as a result of the vaccine and promoting the use of an unregistered product to prevent this, reports TimesLIVE.

Surgeon fined for botched hysterectomy

Celebrity publicist Hlengiwe Mbambo, who is married to former Scandal! actor Thabo Malema, reportedly cried ‘tears of joy’ when she heard that the doctor who had botched her hysterectomy was convicted.

Mother seeks R30m for brain damaged child

The Gauteng Health Department is facing a damages claim of more than R30m – instituted on behalf of a mother and her now 11-year-old daughter – after the child was born with severe brain damage, allegedly due to the negligence of the medical staff at the Natalspruit Hospital in Katlehong in September 2012.

Action threatened if NHI Bill is enacted

Organised business has urged President Cyril Ramaphosa not to sign the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, threatening legal action should it become law.

Doctor went home after surgical patient suffered complications

Murder-accused paediatric surgeon Peter Beale’s decision to go home after operating on a 10-year-old boy – who suffered complications during the procedure – was discussed in the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) on Friday, says an EWN report.

Keen interest in surgeon’s culpable homicide trial

The SA Medical Association (Sama) has raised concerns about the charging and prosecution of medical doctors as the case of paediatric surgeon Professor Peter Beale is set for trial next week.

Hospital distances itself from botched procedure

Matters are intensifying in the case of actor Thabo Malema whose operation was allegedly botched last December by a celebrity doctor in Johannesburg.

Lack of funding plan will determine fate of NHI

The ANC-led government has framed NHI as its effort to deliver ‘nationalised health care’, writes Financial Mail editor Rob Rose.

Discovery 'comprehensive cover' claim misleading

Discovery Health has been ordered to qualify its claim to offer ‘comprehensive’ chronic cover after being called out by a prominent businessman.

Woman seeks order to declare kidnapped husband dead

Nearly five years after her husband was kidnapped by al-Qaeda in Burkina Faso and reportedly died under suspicious circumstances, a Potchefstroom woman has asked a judge to declare him dead and to dissolve their 28-year marriage.

Mayor castigated as judge rules for child

In what a Cape Argus report calls a scathing judgment made against Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis, Western Cape High Court Judge Daniel Thulare dismissed the city’s attempt to challenge a decision to secure a child’s inheritance.

Doctor (85) in plea deal over alleged fake death certificate

An 85-year-old doctor accused of issuing a fake death certificate is negotiating a plea deal with the NPA, the Durban Regional Court has heard.

Another Mediclinic whistleblower claims bills manipulated

Another former Mediclinic employee has accused the hospital group of manipulating patient bills for financial benefit.

Unusual sentence for fake radiographer

Asisipho Mbekela (27) – who faked her radiography qualification in order to gain employment – has been sentenced to 2 000 hours’ periodical imprisonment, says a report in The Herald.

Lawyer sues over 2019 rape claim

Social activist lawyer Tumi Sole is set to reopen a 2019 criminal complaint and a defamation damages claim against a woman who accused him of rape four years ago.

Proposed maternity support grant feasibility questioned

The National Treasury has expressed doubt on the feasibility of the proposal put forward by the SA Law Reform Commission advising the government to introduce a maternity support grant for poor pregnant women and to extend the benefits of the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) to self-employed workers.

Government takes hard line on illegal spaza shops

Government wants to clamp down on spaza shops being run by foreign nationals who are in the country illegally and who have not invested financially as required by law, reports EWN.

Medical Aid tax credits may go

As consumers face increases in medical aid rates in the coming year, they also face the prospect of losing the tax credits they currently enjoy for paying for private healthcare.

Wife who inherited R1.7m wins maintenance battle

An eye specialist earning R375 000 a month has failed to persuade the High Court to reduce, then entirely scrap, maintenance payments to his estranged wife after discovering she inherited R1.7m and was now ‘wealthy’. 

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