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Open the labour market

 09 Nov 18
The results of South Africa’s official unemployment statistics published by Statistics SA in the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) reveal some alarming labour market trends.…

International think tank policy dialogue on health, trade and innovation

 03 Oct 18
On 25 September think tank leaders from across the globe met in Bogota, Colombia to provide their perspectives on the policies and institutions required to promote and foster innovation in developing countries.…

Another unforeseen payout to SAA?

21 Sep 18   Jasson Urbach
With South African Airways (SAA) back under the magnifying glass for its alleged anti-competitive behaviour will the SA treasury also again be called upon to use taxpayers’ money to assist the ailing national carrier with its turn-around strategy?SAA has already been found guilty of abusing its dominant position. In July…

Alternatives to the NHI

24 Aug 18   Jasson Urbach
The Department of Health’s Dr Anban Pillay has slammed the Free Market Foundation (FMF) for criticising the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill and has requested that we submit reasons why we believe the government’s proposed NHI scheme will not wor…

An unintended, but serious consequence of government’s drive to introduce NHI is that young adults and families will be hit the hardest

22 Aug 18   Jasson Urbach
A unintended, but serious consequence of government’s drive to introduce NHI is that young adults and families will be hit the hardest.…

How about private-run education facilities to train doctors in South Africa

18 Jul 18   Jasson Urbach
Is anyone surprised that the programme which trains South Africans as doctors in Cuba has been a catastrophic failure? According to Business Day,…

Drug makers slapped with a backlog fee

04 Jun 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)…

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

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

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.…

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…

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).…

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.…

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…

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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…