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A generous dose of private healthcare to cure what ails us

 18 Aug 17
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
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 ...…

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.…

‘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.…

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.…