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

 05 Dec 17
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
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.…

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…

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.…

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.…