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25 October 2013

Hospital conference to cover wide range Of critical issues on how to advance healthcare in South Africa

A wide range of complex issues will come under the microscope at this year’s Hospital Association of South Africa conference to be held at the Cape Town.

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A wide range of complex issues will come under the microscope at this year’s Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) conference to be held at the Cape Town International Conference Centre from 28 – 30 October.

The conference will bring together an array of local and international experts from the United States, Europe, and India who work in the delivery of healthcare practice and policy from the private and public sectors.

Attendees and speakers will include government officials, hospital executives, medical practitioners, healthcare funders, economists, researchers and academics.

Professor Andrew Street from the United Kingdom and University of Cape Town actuary, Shivani Ramjee, will address benchmarking of hospital costs, and Anthony Norton, from law firm Norton Inc. on the upcoming healthcare market inquiry will draw keen interest from attendees as will the new acting Competition Commissioner Thembinkosi Bonakele.

Other speakers will cover topics as diverse but no less important than creating efficiencies in healthcare and how to increase medical scheme coverage to 30% of the population – a top down view will be covered by Kevin Lings, Stanlib’s chief economist, and a bottom up perspective will be offered by actuary Barry Childs. Dr Adheet Gogate will offer an Indian perspective on innovation in healthcare delivery.

This year’s conference will host a well-informed debate on how to address the critical challenges in the provision of specialist services in our country in order to realize the vision of universal access to quality healthcare.

HASA CEO Dr Dumisani Bomela says the conference provides an ideal opportunity for a comprehensive reflection and understanding of the intricate functions of healthcare.

“This year’s conference comes at a time when the national healthcare sector is facing a number of challenges. We believe that this year’s conference will offer innovative thought and bring some clarity and understanding with regard to some of the fundamental pillars of health delivery and the sector’s dynamics,” says Dr. Bomela.

Registrations for the conference are still being accepted through http://www.hasa.co.za

 
 
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