Introducing the e-patient

Introducing the e-patient
[[www.123rf.com 123rf.com]]</span>Almost half the South African population has access to the internet, including 8-million Twitter users and 16-million Facebook users. This digital revolution has unlocked enormous opportunities for the creation of online communities for large-scale engagement around often complex topics like the management of health conditions.
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Informed consent: The costly legal implications if it’s not done right

Informed consent: The costly legal implications if it's not done right
[[www.123rf.com 123rf.com]]</span>The value of keeping proper written records of explanations, discussions and advice leading to the informed consent to avoid protracted legal proceedings for both doctors and patients was highlighted in the the Supreme Court of Appeal judgement in the case of Beukes v Smith.
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SA medical schemes in good health

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Image source: Getty/Gallo</span>South Africa’s largest medical schemes – both open and restricted – are in good shape and have sufficient reserves to pay members’ claims, according to Alexander Forbes Health’s latest edition of Diagnosis, an annual publication that analyses key trends in the medical schemes industry from 2000 to 2017.
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Ask Dr Google. The pros and cons of online diagnosis

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Image source: Getty/Gallo</span>Pop symptoms of a headache into a search engine and it will come back with a myriad of diagnoses, varying from a sinus headache to a tumour. Dr Google has become the source of choice for self-diagnosis, a second opinion or to find out more about a diagnosed condition. While many healthcare practitioners caution very strongly against using the internet as a diagnostic tool, others say it does have its uses
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What the 2019 budget means for healthcare consumers

Damian McHugh, head of marketing, Momentum health services.
Damian McHugh, head of marketing, Momentum health services.</span>National Health Insurance (NHI) is critical to creating a quality functioning healthcare system for all South Africans and it is good to see that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s Budget Speech covered areas such as increased funding for certain diseases and improved service delivery in the public sector.
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