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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.…

Die NGV en die aanslag op ons Vryheid

 30 Aug 18
Hoe meer mag die staat het, hoe minder vryheid het die individu. Een van die grootste aanvalle nog op individuele vryheid kom in die vorm van die Nasionale Gesondheidsversekering (NGV).…

Media release: HMI report says nothing new but careful timing supports Motsoaledi’s contentious NHI Bill

28 Aug 18   FMF Media Release
The preliminary findings of the Competition Commission’s Health Market Inquiry (HMI) into the private healthcare sector, the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill and the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill have all been published for public comment.…

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.…

Funding figures vital for assessing the viability of NHI

24 Jul 18   Dr Johann Serfontein
Despite Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi not wanting to commit to even a rough estimate of costs of the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, the failure thereof will be funding.…

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?…

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…

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.…

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…

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.…