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

26 Apr 17
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
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.…

Media release: Alternatives exist to the catastrophic NHI proposal

10 Nov 16   FMF Media Release
When will the media and public wake up to the looming disaster of NHI?…

Mismanagement will ultimately scupper the National Health Insurance (NHI)

09 Nov 16   Dr Johann Serfontein
Professional management in the public health sector is a key factor if the implementation of a NHI is to stand any chance of success.…

Business Day column: Health minister uses illusion to talk up benefits of the NHI

20 Oct 16   Leon Louw
Despite our differences, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and I have something in common.…

Business Day column: Is prohibition Aaron Motsoaledi’s end game?

11 Oct 16   Leon Louw
IF LAST week’s Liquor Amendment Bill is anything to go by, thinking about liquor makes some politicians and bureaucrats more intoxicated than drinking it.…

A buzzing economy helps keep malaria at bay

30 Sep 16   Jasson Urbach
EVERY nation gets the government it deserves, the 18th century French philosopher Joseph de Maistre wrote.…

OPINION: UN is barking up the wrong tree when it comes to access to drugs

20 Jul 16   Jasson Urbach
ACCESS to medicines for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), diabetes and other related diseases will dominate discussions when stakeholders convene at the International AIDS Conference in Durban next week.…

Collaborating with the private sector will assist in building a better public sector

29 Jun 16   Jasson Urbach
Collaborating with the private sector will assist in building a better public sector…

Media release: Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi: "We are now gunning for alcohol advertising"

09 Jun 16   FMF Media Release
In March 2015, at the WHO 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, Minister Aaron Motsoaledi stated: “… About advertising. As you know, in South Africa we have totally banned any form of advertising of tobacco and tobacco products.…

Allow market to dictate medicine prices

08 Jun 16   Jasson Urbach
IN 2014, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi accused pharmaceutical companies of being "satanic" and "genocidal".…

Media release: NHI Deadline: NHI is unaffordable and ill conceived - FMF

02 Jun 16   FMF Media Release
The National Department of Health (NDOH) published its latest policy proposals on the planned National Health Insurance (NHI) in the Government Gazette on 10 December 2015 (the White Paper) and interested persons were invited to submit comments and r…

Taxing medical schemes a flawed approach

25 May 16   Jasson Urbach
IN HIS budget vote speech, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi repeated a lie when he asked, "how do we continue to justify a health-care system where 16% of the population, which in essence is the cream of the nation, have pooled their funds together i…