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Health department's demarcation regulations are potentially unconstitutional

 19 Sep 17
Millions of low-paid and economically vulnerable citizens today find they are without medical insurance and either now must pay directly out of pocket to access private facilities or rely on the vagaries of a state controlled system.…

Reforming South Africa’s proposed healthcare financing reforms

 06 Sep 17
This paper by FMF Director Jasson Urbach asks an important question: Is South Africa capable of providing “free health care for all”?…

Motsoaledi ‘destroying’ private healthcare for NHI we can’t afford

04 Sep 17   Jasson Urbach
Millions of low-paid and economically vulnerable citizens today find they are without medical insurance and either now must pay directly out of pocket to access private facilities or rely on the vagaries of a state controlled system.…

It is neither necessary nor appropriate for government to provide “free healthcare for all”

30 Aug 17   Jasson Urbach
“It’s déjà vu all over again,” as the late Yogi Berra might have said had he read the latest iteration of the national health insurance (NHI) policy paper.…

Lack of skills will hobble patent system

29 Aug 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.…

LETTER: Medicine plot Kafkaesque

17 Aug 17   Jasson Urbach
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: 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)?…

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.…

LETTER: Hands off money supply

04 Aug 17   Jasson Urbach
The public protector’s call for a constitutional amendment to bring an end to inflation targeting is confused and confusing.…

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.…

Minimum wage a danger

02 Jun 17   Jasson Urbach
John Spiropoulos (The minimum wage and the moral economy) expresses concerns about the plight of the poor and high levels of dependency, which I share.…

SA is at a political crossroads

31 May 17   Jasson Urbach
‘Every nation gets the government it deserves”. So wrote the 18th century French philosopher Joseph de Maistre. South Africa is at a critical crossroads in its political history.…

Higher economic freedom lifts up the poor

09 May 17   Jasson Urbach
OXFAM’S motto is “the power of people against poverty”.…

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: Free Market Foundation joins with global think tank alliance to call on policymakers to support global trade

13 Apr 17   Jasson Urbach
JOHANNESBURG – The Free Market Foundation (FMF) today joined with other members of the Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance to call on the Zuma administration and policymakers worldwide to defend and support the global trading system,…

‘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.…

Outdated exchange controls are crippling SA’s growth potential

07 Dec 16   Jasson Urbach
Every day, SA’s foreign exchange (forex) controls destroy more economic growth, job creation and transformation.…

Outdated exchange controls are crippling SA’s growth potential

29 Nov 16   Jasson Urbach
Every day, SA’s foreign exchange (forex) controls destroy more economic growth, job creation and transformation…

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.…