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SOUTH AFRICA: NHI Fund to be established

February 2017 fin24; Treasury plans to prioritise finalising the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill and it will establish an NHI Fund. This is according to the National Budget which was delivered by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in Parliament on Wednesday. “We are committed to achieving universal health coverage, in line …

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UK: Hospital cuts planned in most of England

February BBC; Hospital services in nearly two-thirds of England could be cut or scaled back, BBC analysis of local plans shows. The proposals are part of a programme to transform the health service and save money across 44 different areas. The BBC found 28 proposals affect hospital care, from full …

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ZIMBABWE: Govt Deploys Army Doctors At Hospitals

February 2017 TheHerald; GOVERNMENT has deployed army doctors in central hospitals to avert a crisis caused by striking junior and senior doctors. Patients were being turned away since last week.Secretary for Health and Child Care Dr Gerald Gwinji said to mitigate the impact of the strike, hospital clinical directors were …

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WHO, Medical Experts, Warn of Rising Health Costs in Asia

February 2017 voanews; Asia faces a growing burden in treatment costs due to rising numbers of patients diagnosed with cancer, as well as those suffering from stroke and dementia over the next decade. While Asia’s economic progress has led to sharply lower levels of poverty, it has resulted in social …

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ZIMBABWE: Poor Funding Crippling Health Sector – Minister

February 2017 TheHerald; The country must prioritise funding for health to revitalise the sector and ensure that no-one dies due to poor service delivery, senior Government officials have said.Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa said the “job freeze policy” must never apply to the health sector as it …

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