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What are PMB's?

PMBs are a set of defined benefits which ensure that all medical scheme members have access to certain minimum health services, regardless of the benefit option they have selected. By law, Medical schemes are required to pay the costs of PMBs obtained by a member from specified providers in full...


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Understanding POPI Act

While the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act doesn't replace the HPCSA’s existing guidelines on safeguarding confidential patient data, POPI does affect all private and public organisations that process information such as names, addresses, email addresses, health information and employment...


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NHI - what are your thoughts?

South Africans should be outraged and incensed that the government is seeking to nationalise medical care.

The proposals in the National Health Insurance (NHI) White Paper, if adopted, would prove to be an unmitigated disaster, not only for health care in SA...


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5 Tips to Manage time effectively

1. Make a list of the tasks you need to accomplish: Before you can manage your time, you need to know what it is that you need to manage. A list of tasks, from the mundane is critical, this will help you get a handle on what needs to get done. Make one of your final daily tasks the completion of tomorrow's task list....


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Using a Locum in your Medical Practice

In private practice, many practitioners make use of a locum, or locum tenens to go on leave, attend overseas conferences or take study leave. It is important to consider the legal consequences of appointing another practitioner to work in your practice...


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The Issue of Upfront Payments

Many private practitioners question their right to ask a patient to make an upfront payment for treatment. The HPCSA's rules state that a doctor should always put the best interest of his or her patient before questions of payment. Three ethical principles must be considered...


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