Home > Medical schemes > News News Up to 30% of all medicines in Africa are fake The Internet is the perfect channel for counterfeit medicines, an industry that is more profitable than trafficking heroin. And Africa has proven to be the perfect market. Like us on Facebook » Subscribe to the newsletter » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz How long will you live? » Medical history Bacteria gallery Syndicates Taking Medical Schemes for Ride in South Africa Crooked doctors and hospital admission clerks are at the centre of syndicates illegally benefiting from hospital cash plans. SA doctors need not panic over 'certificates of need' A compulsory 'certificate of need' has been signed into law to encourage doctors to only open practices in underserved places such as rural areas and townships. Without Medical Gap Cover, members are liable for shortfalls Medical scheme members are often angry and upset when they realise hospitalisation costs are mostly not fully covered by their medical schemes. Gap Cover could be the answer. Health tips for the December holidays With the December holidays fast approaching, here are a few important health tips. Management programmes show encouraging results As we highlight World Aids Day on 1 December it is encouraging to see there have been major advances in the understanding of the disease as well as developments in its management over the last decade. Hypnosis for smokers: first scheme pays Every year 44 000 South Africans die from smoking-related diseases. Now the first SA medical scheme is covering hypnosis as a treatment for those who want to quit smoking. “ Latest comment on Health24 Anthea Crook says... I would like to get an opinion . Was reading an article on news 24 about hives. I dunno if I have it my symtons are facial scabs head scabs and on certain other parts of my body.... Asthma drug may be the solution to chronic hives ” Changes to tax treatment of medical expenses from 1 March From 1 March 2014, all taxpayers regardless of age will be on a credit-only system. Use of generics more than doubles in SA Since 2004 there has been a 14% increase year-on-year in the use of generics, and more and more South Africans are using generic medications purely because of the price. Hospitals quote for parking but not procedures An enterprising surgeon in Philadelphia says he could find out how much parking would cost at 20 hospitals, but only a few would give a quote for a procedure. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors A number of good reasons why saving the tooth is a better option Breakfast like a King Alzheimer’s disease – incurable but preventable Cancer is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of many. Live healthier Yoga » Exercise time? Yoga mats matter Yoga and sleep What yoga can do for you Yoga is a stress-buster, but it also helps with anxiety, depression, insomnia, back pain and other ills. Allergy alert » Allergy myths Cold or allergy? Children and allergies Allergy facts vs. fiction Some of the greatest allergy myths and misconceptions can actually be damaging to your health.