Month: January 2017

Understanding Blood Pressure Readings

What do your blood pressure numbers mean? The only way to know (diagnose) if you have high blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) is to have your blood pressure tested. Understanding your blood pressure numbers is key to controlling high blood pressure. Healthy and unhealthy blood pressure ranges Learn what’s considered normal, as recommended by the American Heart Association. Note: A diagnosis of high blood pressure must be confirmed with a medical professional. A doctor should also evaluate any unusually low blood pressure readings. Additionally, lower targets may be appropriate for some populations such as  the elderly, or patients with underlying...

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The Cost of Healthcare in South Africa

Access to health care varies greatly in different countries across the world and is largely influenced by social conditions, economic conditions, as well as the health policies in place at the time. This is according to Dr Jaco van Zyl, Medical Executive at Cipla SA, who points to statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO), indicating that the worldwide provision of health care related products and services consumed on average 9.95% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2014. “Over the same period in South Africa, total expenditure on health care in South Africa (SA) accounted for 8.5% of GDP,...

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Two Massive Medical Aid Changes Coming in 2017 that You Need to Know About

The National Treasury has introduced two new medical scheme regulations which will see a limit on the amount of gap cover and hospital cash-back policies you can claim, as well as the discontinuation of all primary healthcare policies. This is an effort to differentiate between “medical scheme products” and “health insurance”, both of which are regulated by separate Acts causing confusion in the medical arena. The regulations, which were demarcated in terms of the Long-term and Short-Term Insurance Acts, will come into effect as of 1 April 2017 for new policies and retrospectively from January 2018 for existing policies. Gap Cover...

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