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Healthcare in Africa 2013
Healthcare is moving up the agenda in Africa – but what is often missing at the heart of the debate is the voice and perspective of the patient. This year’s Healthcare in Africa summit aims to reshape the discussion and question assumptions, focusing firmly on the best ways to maximise the health and well-being of Africans.

 

Deloitte 4th Annual Healthcare SummitDeloitte 4th Annual Healthcare Summit

IIR’s 4th Annual Healthcare Summit, which will bring together health authorities, hospital operators, government, health insurers, care organisations, research institutions and pharmaceutical organisations to discuss challenges facing the Healthcare industry.

Merger and AcquisitionsMerger and Acquisition activity in the Healthcare sector
South Africa is one of the most developed markets in the African region from a business environment and regulatory standpoint. However, vast income disparity within the population has created a two-tier healthcare system that is leading to tension between stakeholders and putting pressure on private healthcare providers. South Africa will continue to be the best place for drug makers to base their Sub-Saharan operations, but the domestic market still requires reforming to realise its potential.
 
Diagnosing the cost and efficiency of Healthcare delivery through (DRGs)
Alternative reimbursement models (ARMs) in healthcare are a key feature of the environment and are receiving more attention as funders aim to manage healthcare costs more efficiently, and healthcare service providers aim to achieve appropriate remuneration for services rendered. Increased international momentum towards the use of ARMs and recent policy developments in South Africa have cast a brighter spotlight on ARMs thus providing further impetus for the industry to adopt these models.
 
Ensuring Regulatory Compliance: Integrating Risk Advisory and Assurance
When new legislation is promulgated, the inherent risk will always be high (red) as operational breakdowns have a high probability/likelihood of occurring in the business.
 
Employee mobility in the Healthcare industry
Globalization is prompting companies to consider more international assignments than ever before. Unfortunately, many companies are relying on workforce mobility programs that are outdated. The result is elaborate and expensive expatriate packages.
 
Healthcare Provision 2012
Current trends within the Healthcare industry points towards the centralisation of procurement to increase a company’s value and the services it provides to both the end-users and especially its customers.
 
How this industry should benefit from government grants and incentives
South Africa has the largest pharmaceutical products market in Africa, and its expenditure on pharmaceutical products per capita is the fifth highest in Africa.
 
Hospital CEO Survey
Data from Deloitte‘s June to September, 2011, interviews with 24 Chief Executive Officers(CEOs) of acute-sector hospitals and multi-hospital health systems shows that CEOs and their organisations face challenges that are at once virtually unprecedented and yet predictable.
 
Tax incentives for Research &Development in Healthcare
R&D is not limited to work being done in a laboratory but it is important that both elements, research and development be taken into account. Examples of qualifying activities include product or process development and improvements, scientific or technological designs, patentable work, activities involving testing and experimental work, or software development. In order to qualify for the incentive, the R&D must be done in South Africa and qualifying expenditure can include costs such as overheads, materials, salaries and contractor costs.
 
Ensuring Regulatory Compliance
It is easy to get lost in the complexity and depth of medical health risk management as every aspect of the business of a medical health profession is ultimately driven by the adoption and management of risk. The key to medical health risk management is the intimate knowledge of the daily operations of the business, whilst ensuring that management from the top is driven by detailed plans.

 

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