White Paper is finalised and a lot is going on. In dealing with the issues
going forward what I can say now is that technology, different business models
and a change in behaviour in public health facilities will all be central to
changing public healthcare in South Africa,”
Motsoaledi was speaking at the opening the three-day South African Medical
Association (SAMA) Conference at the Sandton Convention Centre on 18 September 2015.
conference is focusing on several important issues facing healthcare
professionals in South Africa. The early session highlighted the ethical
questions related to end of life decisions and the legal and ethical issues
faced by physicians.
included Dr Liz Gwyther, CEO of Hospice Palliative Care Association of South
Africa (HPCA), Professor Melodie Slabbert, the Deputy Executive Dean for the
College of Law at the University of South Africa and Professor Ames Dhai, the
Director of the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics at the Faculty of Health
Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand.
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her presentation, Dr Gwyther said that if South Africa legalised euthanasia it
was crossing a line and was saying that it was okay to kill another person.
Prof Dhai said current national and international guidelines for doctors
Slabbert noted that the issue of euthanasia was one the Constitutional Court
was likely to decide on in the near future.
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programme again highlights the importance of the SAMA Conference. Through this
debate and interaction with government and role-players in our profession we
are able to provide critical insight into the state of healthcare in South
Africa and collectively understand the challenges we face,” says Dr Mzukisi
Grootboom, the Chairperson of SAMA.
conference continues tomorrow and will look at, among other topics, the
proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) model and how it will affect private
and public medical practitioners, and the legal and ethical principles of
medical aid fraud.
highlight of the conference was the SAMA-Bonitas
House-call Doctor’s Awards which recognise medical heroes who have been nominated
by their peers in the profession.
more information on the conference and exhibition, please visit www.samedical.org and follow the tabs to
on the conference will be posted on Facebook and Twitter before and during the
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