South African Family Practice (SAFP) is the official journal of the South African Academy of Family Physicians, and is a peer-reviewed scientific journal, which strives to provide primary care physicians and researchers with a broad range of scholarly work in the disciplines of Family Medicine, Primary Health Care, Rural Medicine, District Health and other related fields. SAFP publishes original research, clinical reviews, and pertinent commentary that advance the knowledge base of these disciplines. The content of SAFP is designed to reflect and support further development of the broad basis of these disciplines through original research and critical review of evidence in important clinical areas; as well as to provide practitioners with continuing professional development material. SAFP adheres to the international acceptable editorial standards, as published by The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

Paying homage to SA’s doctors on National Doctors’ Day

South Africa is in the midst of a healthcare crisis. A severely strained public healthcare system and the implications of the Medical Schemes Act and the NHI, could see many of South Africa’s doctors being lost to other professions and countries. EthiQal cares about the future of medical care in South Africa and has a firm belief that doctors should be treasured as national assets. EthiQal is launching the 2019 National Doctors’ Day campaign to acknowledge the critical role doctors play in meeting the healthcare needs of our nation.

Rabies is fatal, but preventable – Be proactive.

Between 5 and 30 human rabies cases are confirmed in South Africa every year and more than 70% of these occur in children and teenagers.  The rabies virus is transmitted through the saliva of a rabid animal to other animals or humans. In SA, almost all human rabies cases are related to exposure to an infected domestic dog. Rabies is fatal, but preventable – Be proactive.

Healthcare company partners with Department of Health to provide South Africans with access to innovative healthcare

Roche South Africa has over the course of the last five years delivered innovative healthcare solutions to over 600 000 South Africans. They are strongly committed to partnering with the Department of Health and other funders in order to find ways to overcome the financial, regulatory and legislative challenges faced in South Africa and to ensure that patients in this country can access innovative medicines and products faster than ever before.

Getting to grips with occurrence-based professional indemnity cover

South Africans are becoming increasingly aware of their rights when it comes to medical malpractice, explaining some of the increases in the number and size of claims against doctors. Taking into consideration these trends, it is important that medical practitioners have professional indemnity cover which protects them against legal defence costs and claims for damages for personal injury where allegations of improper professional conduct are levelled against them.

Will NHI worsen SA’s medico-legal nightmare?

With the draft NHI bill silent on an estimated R98 billion in state medico-legal claims, public sector doctors are deeply unsettled by a recent warning from the Gauteng Department of Health, that they could be held liable in their personal capacities for damages claimed as a result of patient harm.

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