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25 August 2010

Traditional healing and med schemes

In the not-too-distant future patients may be able to claim for visits to their Traditional Health Practitioner from their medical scheme.

In the not-too-distant future patients may be able to claim for visits to their Traditional Health Practitioner (THP) from their medical scheme.

For some time now THP associations have been asking government to help organise this profession, according to Professor Nceba Gqaleni, chair of the Indigenous Health Care Systems Research. Implementing a formal structure for THPs and incorporating it into the national health system would enable them to register their practices, standardise procedures and medicines, and discipline practitioners that bring the profession into disrepute.

 
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