Today's Big Stories

A grimmer reason why SA kids have the most tonsils removed in the world

Research shows that South Africa is the leading country in the world in terms of tonsillectomy procedures performed on children in private hospitals.

A UCT study claims that the rate of tonsillectomies in the country's private sector is at least double anywhere else in the world.

According to the study, 1888 tonsillectomies are performed per 100 000 youth under 19.

The second highest country is Northern Ireland‚ with 850 per 100 000 children.

Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist Dr Martin Young says that the study does not contextualise the processes which lead to the operations.

While Young maintains tonsillectomy is a valuable operation for people that need it, he says some other factors may be involved.

He advises that surgeons have to follow a criteria to determine whether people need the procedure.

But he says some surgeons approach the clinical criteria "far more leniently" in many cases due to a dysfunctional relationship with medical funders - who need to see more profitable procedures.

At the same time, Young says some private doctors are known to be indirectly pressurised into performing the operation by healthcare funders.

The true value of a doctor's service is not recognised by the funders. They draw doctors into designated service agreements which are at a very cut rate for what a doctor should bill for his services.

Dr Martin Young, ENT Specialist

You get into a situation where doctors have to churn. They have to do volumes.

Dr Martin Young, ENT Specialist

Young adds that by the time patients approach a specialist, they have already decided and are are adamant about having their tonsils removed.

Take a listen to Dr Martin Young explain below:

Read More
Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

ANC vets want civil society groups present at the consultative conference, which they want held separately from another meeting.

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

EWN's Gaye Davis summarises the evidence of the SABC journalists who appeared before the ad hoc committee in Parliament.

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

A criminal lawyer explains what leg citizens can stand on if they witness a child or pet locked in a vehicle in risky conditions.

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

The DA's James Selfe says it is not clear whether SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng will be either fired or suspended pending an inquiry.

Tweeps throw shade as court shows Motsoeneng the door

Tweeps throw shade as court shows Motsoeneng the door

A judge has ruled that Hlaudi Motsoeneng should not hold any position at the SABC and Twitter has wasted no time reacting.

How to take better care of your eyesight

How to take better care of your eyesight

As South Africa celebrates Eye Care Awareness Month, an optometrist puts the spotlight on how to take better care of your vision.

Popular articles
'We weren't going to quit', says Tim Noakes on not guilty verdict

'We weren't going to quit', says Tim Noakes on not guilty verdict

Prof Tim Noakes has been found not guilty by the Health Professions Council of South Africa on a charge of unprofessional conduct.

New evidence comes to light in Ipid's probe against top cop

New evidence comes to light in Ipid's probe against top cop

Ipid has revealed that evidence against Khomotso Phahlane shows a dubious pattern in car purchases.

Still no trace of missing Charlotte Nikoi, one month on

Still no trace of missing Charlotte Nikoi, one month on

The husband of missing Charlotte Nikoi has pleaded with public to come forward with any information regarding her whereabouts.

[Watch] All the Foreshore Freeway Project proposals

[Watch] All the Foreshore Freeway Project proposals

Take a look at the 6 six proposals that have been received by the City for the Foreshore freeway precinct.

We are in denial of people marching against us - Lindiwe Sisulu

We are in denial of people marching against us - Lindiwe Sisulu

Human Settlements Minister criticised the ANC for being passive at the memorial of late struggle stalwart Amhed Kathrada.

'Gigaba will have limited effect; the elephant in the room is the President'

'Gigaba will have limited effect; the elephant in the room is the President'

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Standard Bank Chief Economist Goolam Ballim.

How does El Nino affect Western Cape province?

How does El Nino affect Western Cape province?

Professor William Landman explains what El Nino is and its effects on the coming seasons in the Western Cape.

'Land restitution failed because Government is the biggest owner of land'

'Land restitution failed because Government is the biggest owner of land'

Bruce Whitfield interviews Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's advisor Chris Malikane and Business Leadership SA's Bonang Mohale.