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Govt squeezing the life out of medical insurance

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

Health Department’s attack on medical insurance could be unconstitutional

 27 Mar 18
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.…

Poverty and inequality: Heed Mandela and follow the Zimbabwe example

20 Mar 18   Jasson Urbach
South Africa must learn from the Zimbabwe experience. During 2009 - 2013 when Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC was running the finance portfolio, Zimbabwe lifted all foreign exchange (forex) and price controls…

Minister Gigaba – reduce spending and taxes to create jobs

12 Feb 18   Jasson Urbach
On 21 February, Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, will present his annual budget speech before Parliament.…

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?…

The right to work and debarment in the financial market

29 Nov 17   Robert W Vivian
Who in their right mind would believe there is a law on our statute books which is interpreted and applied in such a way that it makes it possible for an employer to deprive an employee, without the due process of law and without any proper enquiry,…

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.…

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.…

KPMG and the loss of ethics

04 Oct 17   Chris Hattingh
Now that KPMG has ‘come clean’ on its murky dealings with the Guptas,…

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”?…

Media release: Twin Peaks now law – a sad day for SA’s financial services consumers

22 Aug 17  
The controversial “Twin Peaks” regulatory system is now law with the signing of the Financial Sector Regulation Act by President Zuma on 21 August 2017 and it is a sad day for consumers of financial services and for SA’s economy.…

Business Day column: Meme of insurers as pariahs is a ploy for greater regulation

10 Aug 17   Leon Louw
The insurance industry is reprehensible, according to Ismail Momoniat. He should know. As the Treasury’s deputy director-general, he orchestrates its regulatory diarrhoea.…

LETTER: Party mimics Nat policies

07 Aug 17   Jasson Urbach
Should we feign surprise at Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba using taxpayer money for the latest, no-strings-attached R2.3bn bail-out to South African Airways (SAA)?…

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.…

Media Q&A: RET: Critical media questions for the ANC Policy Conference

03 Jul 17  
Radical economic transformation (RET) must happen. For over 40 years the Free Market Foundation (FMF) has been promoting real radical economic transformation and a fundamental deviation from South Africa’s mainstream economic policies.…

FAIS clearly unclear

26 Jun 17   Gary Moore
A norm cannot be regarded as a “law” unless it is formulated with sufficient precision to enable the citizen to regulate his conduct.…

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.…

FAIS: Debarring representatives violates the Rule of Law

14 Jun 17   Gary Moore
The provision of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act of 2002 (“FAIS”) that vests in employers the power and obligation to banish (“debar”) financial-services representatives from the entire industry, has the effect of discriminating…

Media release: FMF, COSATU and the ANCWL agree on taxes – that’s radical

07 Jun 17   FMF Media Release
The Free Market Foundation (FMF) has opposed the idea of a sugar tax since it was first conceived and championed by health minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.…

Media release: For radical economic transformation in energy, adopt the 1998 White Paper

26 May 17   FMF Media Release
In almost every sector of the South African economy, radical economic transformation (RET) is urgently required.…

Media release: Yes – introduce radical economic transformation in labour policy and help 9 million unemployed

26 May 17   FMF Media Release
Nine million people in South Africa need real radical economic transformation (RET) to eradicate the failed economic policies that have condemned them to unemployment and severely retarded South Africa’s growth.…

Media release: Radical economic transformation means South Africans keep and control their own money

23 May 17   FMF Media Release
Radical economic transformation should mean exactly that – radical action. The ANC talks of radicalism but perhaps because it has yet to set out what this really means, it continues to promote policies that perpetuate apartheid era thinking.…