Health Care in South Africa

Latest issue: 2020/21 - 15th edition
Pages: 344
Price: R260.00 (Incl. VAT)

Next Issue: To be advised



Well done to Liz Still on the 2018 edition of Health Care in South Africa. It looks great! It must be quite a challenge to come up with fresh material every year and I think she has excelled once again. The contribution by Debbie Pearmain beefs up the legislative landscape nicely and the sections on ‘Fresh Ideas’ and ‘Africa Health Insurance’ make for an interesting and new perspective.
Well done.

Anthea Towert, CFP®
Health Benefits
Axiomatic Consultants

Review of the 2018/19 edition of 'Health Care in South Africa'
For anyone involved or interested in the health industry in South Africa, Liz Still's 'Health Care in South Africa 2018/19', is a must-read.

Still's annual 'go-to' text is put forward in an accessible way and will be an invaluable resource for those needing credible and reliable information on the health system in South Africa.

The book begins by providing a useful snapshot of health systems structure and financing and places this in the context of universal healthcare in various countries, including South Africa. It also provides a comparison of health outcomes and economic indicators in selected countries.

This overview segways elegantly into a deeper look at the South African health system and the factors which influence it. A chapter on 'Measuring value for money in healthcare', for instance, succinctly sets out several of the fundamental challenges facing the sector.

Dr Debbie Pearmain, a legal heavyweight in both the public and private health sectors adds her voice to several chapters in this publication, mostly those dealing with legislative matters. Pearmain's in-depth assessment of risk management and PMBs is particularly astute and provides succinct explanations on subjects often mired in complexity, such as PMBs and DSPs.

The chapter on medical scheme statistics puts into context the utterances made last year by CMS Acting Registrar, Dr Sipho Kabane, on consolidation of schemes with fewer than 6 000 members and lists those schemes that would be affected should such consolidation take place.

Any text on healthcare in South Africa would not be complete without broaching the issue of human resources in health care. Still's chapter on 'Clinical health personnel' discusses the challenges faced in both the private and public sectors including those related to medico-legal issues and the rise in medical malpractice litigation.

The lack of innovation in South Africa's health care industry has been a recurring theme in many forums, including the Competition Commissions Health Market Inquiry. But Still's chapter on 'Fresh ideas for efficient health delivery' identifies several innovative advances in the delivery of healthcare that promise greater efficiencies.

'Health Care in South Africa 2018/19' is concise and interesting and provides facts and figures at your fingertips.

Heidi Kruger
Independent health care communications consultant.

Health Care in South Africa is an invaluable tool for all health care professionals and anyone who needs to evaluate health care options either for their own families or on behalf of their staff, clients or patients.

The first part of the book focuses on health care service providers, health care consultants and medical schemes and gives industry players an opportunity to describe their services and list their contact details.

The second part  of the book deals with the size and shape of private and public health care services, unfolding health care regulations and a description of how all the participants in the industry fit together. It also offers readers a guide to checking on the health of different medical schemes, as well as understanding the details of benefits and options.

The focus of the book is the regulatory environment and the current profile of the private health sector in South Africa. It also includes chapters on the funding, framework and delivery of health in the public sector and the proposed introduction of National Health Insurance.

The book draws on reports from the World Health Organisation, the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, the OECD, the BRICS Joint Statistical Publication, the South African Department of Health, National Treasury, Statistics SA and numerous published journals and newspaper reports.

The book includes interviews with leading South African commentators on health care and health financing related issues specialists.


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