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Are strong-armed tactics by Big Pharma behind the country’s birth control shortage?

Pontsho Pilane

An international drug maker may have intentionally muscled out local competition to win the bulk of a national birth control tender.


SA slashes new HIV cases by almost half

Joan van Dyk

The country’s investments in HIV treatment and prevention are paying off, leading to huge reductions in new infections


Read: The preliminary findings of South Africa's latest HIV household survey

Bhekisisa team

More than four-million people in the country are now on antiretroviral treatment.


Gauteng health department unable to trace 20 #LifeEsidimeni patients

Nelisiwe Msomi

Three years later, almost a dozen patients are still missing.


We answer seven of your burning questions about the NHI

Mia Malan

In June, the health minister released the long-awaited National Health Insurance Bill. What does it mean to you and your medical aid? We tell you.


Read: The Competition Commission’s findings on the private healthcare sector

Bhekisisa team

South Africa's first inquiry into the private healthcare market blew the lid off where your medical aid premiums are really going.


Why rape counselling needs to hit the road and other ways to make services better

Nelisiwe Msomi

When people can't get to healthcare, healthcare needs get to them.


Afraid of death? Take comfort that you’ll live on in varied and surprising ways

Moheb Costandi

Most of us would rather not know what happens to our bodies after death. But that breakdown gives birth to new life in unexpected ways.


At a glance: What the National Health Insurance means for you & your pocket

Mia Malan

Two Bills, almost 200 pages may change healthcare forever in SA. Haven't read them? We did the heavy lifting so you don't have to.


Hlongwa responds to SIU report: ‘I arranged to hand myself over to the Hawks’

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The chief whip says recent media reports were first to alert him that the SIU had completed its investigation into alleged corruption under his watch.


Read Brian Hlongwa's response to the SIU report

Bhekisisa team

Allegations of graft during his tenure as Gauteng health MEC aren’t new, says ANC Gauteng chief whip. In fact, they’re talked about regularly.


READ: Aaron Motsoaledi's speech on major changes to medical aids

M&G Reporter

The health minister has presented the Medical Schemes Amendment and National Health Insurance Bills


Five things the Gauteng health department spent your money on - SIU

Mia Malan

Spa treatments, fancy homes and paperwork — and the list goes on.


Limos & spas: SIU reveals details of ANC chief whip Hlongwa's role in R1.2b graft

When he was the Gauteng Health MEC, Brian Hlongwa brought the department to its knees, the Special Investigations Unit has found.


Read the Medical Scheme Amendments Bill

Bhekisisa team

Find out what the big changes government may have in store for medical aids.


Health department expects to be sued over proposed NHI changes

‘I can’t mention who are the parties I am expecting litigation from but I can assure I know who they are.'


Watch live: Motsoaledi presents the National Health Insurance Bill

Bhekisisa team

The health minister unveils the National Health Insurance Bill at a press conference in Pretoria.


Read the National Health Insurance Bill

Bhekisisa team

The Bill is the first step towards learning how the government plans to fund its shift towards universal health care.


Your medical aid is going to change. Read Aaron Motsoaledi's #NHI speech

Bhekisisa team

New legislation will abolish co-payments and may look to go after medical aid scheme reserves.


Are migrant children being illegally detained in South Africa?

Joan van Dyk

#OccupyLindela protests are expected today at the Lindela Repatriation Centre. Read the story that helped blow the lid on conditions there.


'We are forced to move on from declaring babies dead as if nothing happens'

Roxy de Villiers

Saving lives — and losing them — may be all in a day's work for health workers, but if you think it doesn't take its toll, listen to these doctors.


[EXCLUSIVE] Motsoaledi: 'I can't prevent health crises because my hands are tied'

Mia Malan

“Whenever there is a crisis, I’m called in to solve them, but I don’t have the legal mechanism to prevent them,” says minister.


‘SA health system is not collapsing’ – Motsoaledi

Joan van Dyk

National health department deploys 200 officials to country’s beleaguered hospitals


How the ACDP peddled unproven fact in its bid to tighten SA's abortion laws

Africa Check, Gopolang Makou

The party cannot substantiate claims it made before Parliament in March, finds Africa Check.


Burning tyres and dodgy ambulance deals? Six health scandals you might have missed

Bhekisisa team

It’s been a bumper year for trouble for the country’s healthcare system and it's only June. Here's everything you might have missed.


Award-winning Pontsho Pilane: Here's why beat reporting matters

Bhekisisa team

Pontsho Pilane has been named this year’s Discovery Health Journalist of the Year. Hear why she thinks specialist reporting isn't dead.


‘Cancer treatment in the North West is impossible’

Joan van Dyk

Activists say that at least one patient has been trying to get treatment since 2013.


Durban cuts city's only needle exchange programme

Joan van Dyk

A tale of two cities: Durban ditches drug users while Tshwane becomes the first city in SA to pioneer and fund new ways to keep them safe.


Cancer Crisis: Where are South Africa's radiation oncologists? Find out

Joan van Dyk

Everyone knows about KZN's cancer crisis but no one is talking about the other provinces that operate on just one radiation oncologist — or less.


The testing ground: Could an experimental vaccine save the DRC from Ebola?

Sarah Boseley, The Guardian

The virus’ resurgence, this time in a city of more than one-million people could set the scene for a fast-spreading disaster.