A new study has found that employing lay health workers at clinics can improve the way patients receive treatment.
A patient collects her medication at a clinic in Khayelitsha, South Africa.
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The bill to provide universal health care in South Africa is not the silver bullet for the challenges in the health sector.
Mothers wait at a local clinic. The city of Johannesburg plans to open 24 hour clinics to alleviate queues.
Setting up 24 hour clinics in a busy metropole such as Johannesburg would help those who need health care most.
People who attempt suicide can access medical care at their clinics but psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers are not part of the primary health care setting.
Much of the baby’s distress, as well as that of the parents, can be prevented.
From the moment their baby is born, Australian parents receive conflicting advice on how to cope with newborn issues. What we are doing wastes our resources, but we're not investing in alternatives.
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The 94 people with mental health disorders who died after they were moved from the Life Esidemeni facility and put into inadequate care shows the poor state of mental health care in South Africa.
A doctor immunises a baby at the Shire Clinic in Ethiopia. Most health systems in Africa are fully developed.
Africa is the last continent to embrace the need to train family physicians as a key component of the primary health care team and district hospitals.
New data shows many Australians aren’t seeing their doctors because it costs too much.
In some parts of Australia, patients are twice to three times more likely to avoid seeing their GP because they can't afford it, according to figures released today.
The health workforce crisis is one of the faultlines in the provision of health care in South Africa.
To turn around the performance of South Africa's health system and make it more equal, there are three challenges that need to be addressed.
A new approach should include social supports, such as living skills and assistance obtaining housing and employment.
On closing the asylums, Australia failed to invest in an alternative model of community mental health care. So there are few alternatives between the GP surgery and the hospital emergency department.
South Africa’s National Health Insurance aims to ensure universal access to health care – one of the most persistent structural inequalities.
The South African government's plan to provide universal access to health care seems to be slipping off its priority list.
New modelling shows the Medicare rebate freeze will leave GPs A$8.43 worse off per consultation.
With GPs facing greater economic pressure and the health minister considering legislative change to make it easier for GP to charge them, GP co-payments, like Lazarus, may rise again from the dead.
Young sexual minority men aren’t getting the health care they need.
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Health-care providers need to view the health of young gay men within a broader context of personal health and not solely defined by HIV.
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Co-payments are an unfair tool for reducing health costs.
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