Lancet Commission on Global Surgery Newsletter: August 2015

Dear Colleagues and Friends,  We hope this finds you well!  In this month’s newsletter, the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery documents our ongoing efforts across the globe. We are working with officials at the World Bank, partnering with Ministries of Health for our single country studies, and continuing to disseminate the findings of our report […]

Lancet Commission on Global Surgery Newsletter: March 2015

Inaugural Launches: London and Boston London Launch On April 27th, The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery will launch the full commission report.  This will be a two-day event at The Royal Society of Medicine.  It is hosted in conjunction with The Royal Society of Medicine and The Royal College of Surgeons of England’s meeting on “Global Surgery, Anaesthesia, and […]

African Surgical Outcomes Study (ASOS)

Dear Colleagues The African Surgical Outcomes Study (ASOS) website is live; http://www.asos.org.za/index.php The website contains all the information about the study, the study documents necessary for ethics applications, frequently asked questions, contact details, and a page to register interest in participation. It is imperative that ASOS has a broad representation across hospitals, and across Africa. […]

PMB Legal Challenge: A Major Threat to Private Practice

A formidable challenge to regulation 8 of the PMB legislation is being mounted by Genesis Medical Scheme and SAMWUMED in a court action against the Minster of Health. We are reliably informed that the Department of Health has decided not to oppose this action.

If successful, this will see all PMBs being remunerated at scheme rate only. It is anticipated that regulations will require that service providers accept the scheme rate without allowance for charging any co-payment. It is further feared that certain schemes may elect to reduce rates at which they reimburse PMBs conditions to state hospital rates.