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Health policy contradictions

 15 Feb 18
When it comes to official matters of policy, there are seldom more emotive and complex ones than healthcare.…

Lifting barrier to public's access to medicines

 26 Jan 18
Next week in Geneva, the World Health Organization (WHO) is holding its annual Executive Board Meeting.…

Media release: Medical insurance Demarcation Regulations – latest attack on personal freedom by heavy handed state

16 Jan 18   FMF Media Release
Increasing state regulation is an insidious assault on personal freedom as more areas of citizens’ lives are subjected to government interference as a means to achieve government’s ideological ends,” said Leon Louw, Free Market Foundation (FMF) execu…

The NHI is morally bankrupt

18 Dec 17   Chris Hattingh
The National Health Insurance (NHI) system has yet to be fully implemented. Its premise is the seemingly noble plan to ensure all South Africans are provided with essential quality health care, regardless of who they are, poor or rich.…

It may be necessary but is it empirical?

14 Dec 17   Jasson Urbach
The long-awaited draft intellectual property policy from the Department of Trade and Industry contains several key reforms, including the introduction of a substantive search-and-examination system for patent applications.…

The intellectual property policy requires a "workable" compulsory licensing system

14 Dec 17   Jasson Urbach
The long-awaited Draft Intellectual Property (IP) Policy, recently published by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), proposes several key reforms to South Africa’s IP policy.…

Is it freedom or is it dom?

14 Dec 17   Jasson Urbach
How serious is government about wanting South Africans to become healthier and wealthier and for everyone to have access to a high-quality healthcare system?…

Media release: Demarcation Regulations for the healthcare insurance sector are an attack on the black middle class

05 Dec 17   FMF Media Release
The rise of the black middle class is a South African success story. Why is government clamping down on their freedom of choice?…

Steamrolling unaffordable policies – the new norm in South Africa

27 Nov 17   Dr Johann Serfontein
The current trend of pushing through populist government policies without consideration of expert reports on the affordability of funding initiatives, causes grave concern…

South Africa bucking the IP rights trend

15 Nov 17   Jasson Urbach
Intellectual property rights (IPRs) standards are improving in most countries across the globe; but South Africa seems to be bucking the trend according to proposed new laws and regulations.…

Healthcare Demarcation Regulations remove low cost benefit options for poor

08 Nov 17   Jasson Urbach
Prior to the enactment of the Medical Schemes Act in 1998, South Africa had a relatively free market in medical aids.…

NHI – the danger of political promises

02 Nov 17   Dr Johann Serfontein
South African citizens are holding government accountable for promises made to ensure votes in election years.…

Taking the NHI debate to new levels

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

NHI tax credit conundrum

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

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.…

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?…

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.…

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.…