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Aaron Motsoaledi is crippling SA’s ability to train enough doctors

 18 May 18
Is anyone surprised that the programme that trains South Africans as doctors in Cuba has been a catastrophic failure?…

Warning: SA's centrist medical schemes strategy will bring higher costs and poorer quality

 16 May 18
News from the medical schemes regulator, the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), that it is pressing ahead with a draft consultative framework on compelling the consolidation of medical schemes, tells us that the proposed National Health Insurance (NH…

The empire of medical schemes

15 May 18   Robert W Vivian
In recent days, many consumers, no doubt, have been receiving strange letters from their insurance brokers telling them that as a consequence of “demarcation regulations” which come into operation this year, the cover provided by certain medical expe…

The empire of the competition regime

15 May 18   Robert W Vivian
In the Common Law-Supreme Court framework, there is one law for the whole country crafted over centuries by the Supreme Court.…

Media release: Health insurance disappears for South Africans

23 Apr 18   FMF Media Release
The FMF is concerned that too few people are aware of and / or understand the implications of the demarcation regulations in the healthcare insurance market that came into effect from 1 April 2017 and which have a dramatic effect on how consumers pay…

Call to end SA drug approval delays

19 Apr 18   Jasson Urbach
The newly formed South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) – successor to the apartheid-era and largely dysfunctional Medicines Control Council (MCC) – has indicated that, to sort out the mess inherited from its predecessor, it inte…

Govt squeezing the life out of medical insurance

10 Apr 18   Jasson Urbach
Drip by toxic drip, the South African government is slowly and systematically poisoning the private medical scheme and insurance industries in South Africa.…

LETTER: State is on wrong track

04 Apr 18   Jasson Urbach
For many years, the government has sought an equity partner for its state-owned pharmaceutical manufacturer Ketlaphela.…

Health Department’s attack on medical insurance could be unconstitutional

27 Mar 18   Mark Oppenheimer
A recent change to the law governing medical insurance recently came into effect, with the result that many policy holders were stripped of their healthcare products.…

Media release: Consumers need to understand that medical insurance is changing – for worse

26 Mar 18   FMF Media Release
Insurance is a grudge purchase – a necessary expenditure most of us do not willingly make.…

No logic in interfering with folk who can afford health care

13 Mar 18   Jasson Urbach
In the budget speech, former Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba cut tax credits that taxpayers receive for their medical scheme contributions to raise an extra R4.2bn for National Health Insurance (NHI).…

The private medical scheme is in an extremely precarious situation

05 Mar 18   Jasson Urbach
The Competition Commission’s Health Market Inquiry (HMI) into private healthcare confirmed – at great expense – what many people have known for years: the private medical scheme market is in an extremely precarious situation caused by government poli…

Taxing the sickest and most vulnerable is counterintuitive

05 Mar 18   Jasson Urbach
Raising VAT from 14% to 15% is going to disproportionately affect the poorest and most vulnerable members of society and plunge them into deeper levels of poverty.…

Health policy contradictions

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

LETTER: A better approach to health care

31 Jan 18   Dr Johann Serfontein
Dr Yogan Pillay from the Department of Health was not being truthful in his opinion piece, “Health of people key to economic health”, published on January 11.…

Lifting barrier to public's access to medicines

26 Jan 18   Jasson Urbach
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.…

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?…

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.…

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.…

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?…