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Profmed 2017 Stress Index

Work remains one of the leading drivers of stress-related illness among South African professionals The 2017 Profmed Stress Index indicates that work stress remains one of the largest health problems among South African professionals.   The Index, which is compiled from responses of nearly 3 000 of Profmed’s professional membership base, revealed that apart from […]

Understanding How Stress Negatively Impacts Your Brain (and what you can do to fix it)

  Stress is not always a bad thing when experienced in the right amounts and at the right time, it can actually help you to effectively achieve certain goals or perform certain tasks more effectively. However, when your brain starts to experience continuous, unregulated levels of stress, that’s when the problems begin, with stress effectively […]

Why Every Profmed Member Should Download The Profmed App Today

  With the rise in mobile usage, it only makes sense that businesses would follow suit, developing a platform that allows their customers to access, and interact with their brand in real-time, at the customer’s own convenience from wherever they are.   Our Profmed app was developed with exactly this in mind: convenience. To make […]


Brought to the general public’s attention in the 1980’s, AIDS is the most advanced stage of infection that is caused by HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). At the end of 2015, UNAIDS estimated that there were approximately 36.7 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS and this number continues to grow. In an effort to educate communities […]

An efficient public health sector can provide quality universal healthcare

31 July 2017: The need for universal healthcare in the country has become a necessity as economic uncertainty and the rising cost of living continue to take their toll on South Africans. While the National Health Insurance (NHI) has the noble intension of creating a healthcare system which is not only affordable but accessible to […]

Stress greatest threat to modern men

29 June 2017: Heart disease, asthma, obesity, diabetes and depression are just some of the many health problems facing modern men. All these issues have one thing in common, they can all be caused by stress. Stress remains the biggest threat facing men in this fast-moving world, according to Graham Anderson, CEO and principal officer […]

Blood donations a critical part of the national health system

10 August 2017: The donation of blood is as critical to the national health system as air is to a human. However, according to the South African National Blood Service (SANBS), less than 1% of the country’s population are active blood donors. A unit of blood lasts for 42 days after donation, making it imperative […]

Mental health awareness still lagging in South Africa

28 August 2017: Depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder are just a few of the words commonly thrown around in today’s society. They are used to self-diagnose or rationalise the behaviour in others. However, mental illness is a far greater issue in South Africa than most people would believe. According to the South African Depression and […]


Early detection crucial in the fight against cervical cancer 02 October 2017: September sees South Africa raise awareness of cervical cancer among South African women and how this serious disease can be overcome. According to the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among South African women. One […]

High risk, high contributions: Why medical scheme legislation needs a revamp

Tipping the scales: Lifestyle diseases come at great cost to both the economy and medical schemes. 03 May 2017: The cost of health care continues to vastly outpace inflation in most major economies, and research shows that soaring medical expenses are largely driven by claims related to lifestyle choices, such as smoking, a lack of […]