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'I pay nearly R1000 a month for my medical aid and it only covers 85% of my out-of-hospital consultation. The higher the charges for consultation

Doctors overcharge, say our readers

The <em>Mail & Guardian</em> asked readers what they think of doctors' tariffs in a survey on M&G Online.
McCord Hospital served black people from a 'white area' during apartheid and survived all attempts to remove it.

McCord Hospital: Defending a legacy of healthcare integrity

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For 100 years Durban's non-profit McCord Hospital has been a beacon of hope for the poor. Now it has to rely on the state to survive.
Surviving the process of childbirth is still a battle for many women in Africa.

Birth, a measure of progress

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Reducing maternal and newborn mortality has to be a priority if Africa is to reach its potential.
Kholekile Rouben Mdaka is one of 3500 claimants bringing a class ­action against Anglo American South Africa.

Silent killer lurks in miners’ lungs

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Silicosis might appear only 15 years after exposure to gold ore dust, long after they have gone home. Heidi Swart reports.
Shattered dreams: A tradition called ukuthwala sees girls as young as 13 years forced into marriages with older men.

Is today’s ukuthwala a perversion of an earlier tradition?

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The kidnapping of young girls ignores the 'niceties' of a cultural practice.
Nongezile Sinkala walked 7km across hilly terrain and thick bush to get to the nearest taxi rank to take her sick grandson to the hospital.

‘God make us strong, I beg you, keep Luphumlo alive’

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Mia Malan describes the arduous trek an Eastern Cape woman had to undertake to get medical attention for her sick grandson.

Government bans ‘unsafe’ baby bottles

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A controversial plastic additive is said to affect foetuses and increase the risk of breast cancer.

NHI: History repeats itself

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Universal healthcare schemes traditionally have been met with fierce opposition.
A pack-a-day smoking habit during pregnancy will reduce a baby's birth weight by an average of 230g

‘I saw the world through the blurry lens of an oxygen tent’

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With the severe effects of the habit on the unborn child now widely known, why do pregnant mothers refuse to give up?

Dying in the line of duty

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The murder of an Mpumalanga doctor on duty has exposed the lax security at public hospitals.
An eighth-grade teenager shows how funky and strong her fight against a four-letter word is.

Bianca learns to Beat It

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An eighth-grade teenager shows how funky and strong her fight against a four-letter word is. Mia Malan reports.

Cape doc tipped for health post

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Western Cape health director general Craig Househam is widely tipped to take over the running of the National Department of Health.
Traditional leaders are resisting plans to introduce medical circumcision.

Cut and mistrust

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Traditional leaders are resisting plans to introduce medical circumcision. Mia Malan reports.

Take2: Winds of change sweep SA healthcare

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Professors Hoosen Coovadia and Salim Abdool Karim, two of SA's foremost HIV researchers, were recently the health department's greatest enemies.
Nehawu: The South African Medical Association should get a better grip on OSD negotiations and keep its affiliate members.

Nehawu lashes SA Medical Association

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Nehawu: The South African Medical Association should get a better grip on OSD negotiations and keep its affiliate members.