Obituary: Charl Dreyer, 1957 – 2015

  Charl Dreyer died suddenly in Cape Town on the evening of 13th August 2015 while watching his favourite sport, tennis, on television. His untimely death has been a great loss to the surgical community of Cape Town. His journey in medicine started in 1974 when, after matriculating, he enrolled at the medical faculty at […]

African Surgical Outcomes Study (ASOS)

Dear Colleagues The African Surgical Outcomes Study (ASOS) website is live; http://www.asos.org.za/index.php The website contains all the information about the study, the study documents necessary for ethics applications, frequently asked questions, contact details, and a page to register interest in participation. It is imperative that ASOS has a broad representation across hospitals, and across Africa. […]

PMB Legal Challenge: A Major Threat to Private Practice

A formidable challenge to regulation 8 of the PMB legislation is being mounted by Genesis Medical Scheme and SAMWUMED in a court action against the Minster of Health. We are reliably informed that the Department of Health has decided not to oppose this action.

If successful, this will see all PMBs being remunerated at scheme rate only. It is anticipated that regulations will require that service providers accept the scheme rate without allowance for charging any co-payment. It is further feared that certain schemes may elect to reduce rates at which they reimburse PMBs conditions to state hospital rates.