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NHI tax credit conundrum

 11 Oct 17
Removal of tax credits and employer subsidies might seem like low hanging funding fruit, but the implications could prove severe…

Taking the NHI debate to new levels

 11 Oct 17
The concept of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a noble initiative and receives widespread support in South Africa.…

Media release: Healthcare Demarcation Regulations remove low cost benefit options for poor

11 Oct 17   FMF Media Release
Government’s healthcare demarcation regulations came into effect on 1 April 2017.…

Government’s programmes will violate right to access healthcare

04 Oct 17   Martin van Staden
Government’s National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme and Demarcation Regulations are unequivocal violations of South Africans’ constitutional rights to freedom of association and access to healthcare.…

Health policy shambles

28 Sep 17   Michael Settas
There has lately been an air of urgency from government around touting the virtues of their much vaunted National Health Insurance (NHI).…

Health department's demarcation regulations are potentially unconstitutional

19 Sep 17   Jasson Urbach
Millions of low-paid and economically vulnerable citizens today find they are without medical insurance and either now must pay directly out of pocket to access private facilities or rely on the vagaries of a state controlled system.…

Being certain of the uncertainties – NHI cost and funding

18 Sep 17   Martin van Staden
After six years of discussion surrounding the National Health Insurance (NHI), there is still a lot of information to be desired.…

Both public and private sector healthcare woes can be blamed on government

18 Sep 17   Dr Johann Serfontein
The NHI white Paper states a number of public- and private sector failures as reasons to implement NHI. But who is responsible for causing these failures?…

Reforming South Africa’s proposed healthcare financing reforms

06 Sep 17   Jasson Urbach
This paper by FMF Director Jasson Urbach asks an important question: Is South Africa capable of providing “free health care for all”?…

Motsoaledi ‘destroying’ private healthcare for NHI we can’t afford

04 Sep 17   Jasson Urbach
Millions of low-paid and economically vulnerable citizens today find they are without medical insurance and either now must pay directly out of pocket to access private facilities or rely on the vagaries of a state controlled system.…

It is neither necessary nor appropriate for government to provide “free healthcare for all”

30 Aug 17   Jasson Urbach
“It’s déjà vu all over again,” as the late Yogi Berra might have said had he read the latest iteration of the national health insurance (NHI) policy paper.…

A generous dose of private healthcare to cure what ails us

Few things violate the rational mind as much as the disruptive policies the minister of health prescribes for private health providers and the country.…

LETTER: Medicine plot Kafkaesque

17 Aug 17   Jasson Urbach
The Competition Commission’s investigation into pharmaceutical companies for alleged "excessive pricing, price discrimination and/or exclusionary conduct" could easily be a plot line in one of Frans Kafka’s works.…

LETTER: Health plan authoritarian

07 Aug 17   Jasson Urbach
The latest iteration of the national health insurance (NHI) policy paper induces a depressing sense of déjà vu.…

Media release: Critical details still missing on NHI and too few tax payers to shoulder NHI funding burden

19 Jul 17  
The national health insurance (NHI) policy paper is pure déjà vu. We are no closer to understanding critical details, such as how much the scheme will cost and from where the money to pay for it will come.…

The battle of the sectors - public vs private. Where should the focus be?

21 Jun 17   Jasson Urbach
In 2014, the Competition Commission launched the Healthcare Market Inquiry (HMI) into private healthcare after the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, approached them with his “hypothesis” that private healthcare is too costly.…

Public health is in critical condition, and the NHI cannot save it

26 Apr 17   Dr Johann Serfontein
The recent revelations by the Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC) in their 2015-16 inspection report, which was presented in Parliament recently, has raised alarm about the state of the public healthcare system.…

Government’s NHI plan is based on squeezing out private healthcare

20 Apr 17   Jasson Urbach
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has been tasked with an important aspect of the "radical economic transformation" agenda, and that is to nationalise healthcare in SA.…

Media release: NHI Demarcations Regulations – Two million people set to lose medical insurance overnight

19 Mar 17   Free Market Foundation
The Department of Health has requested that the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) grant a limited two-year exemption period for primary healthcare providers who submit themselves to regulation under the Medical Schemes Act ...…

‘Social solidarity’ stopped actuaries devising policies to suit low-income earners

22 Feb 17   Jasson Urbach
The final demarcation regulations drawing the line between medical insurance products and medical schemes was gazetted by the Treasury in December.…

Why SA should take a leaf out of Egypt’s book on drug approvals

Many problems beset healthcare in South Africa. A most frustrating one is the inability of the drug regulator, the Medicines Control Council, to approve medicines in a timely manner.…

Protectionist drugs policy will hurt region

21 Feb 17   Jasson Urbach
Governments of the East African Community (EAC) have made a fatal error.…