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Media release: Health insurance disappears for South Africans

 23 Apr 18
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
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.…

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.…

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?…

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.…

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?…

South Africa bucking the IP rights trend

15 Nov 17   Jasson Urbach
Intellectual property rights (IPRs) standards are improving in most countries across the globe; but South Africa seems to be bucking the trend according to proposed new laws and regulations.…

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.…

Media release: Healthcare Demarcation Regulations remove low cost benefit options for poor

11 Oct 17   FMF Media Release
Government’s healthcare demarcation regulations came into effect on 1 April 2017.…

Government’s programmes will violate right to access healthcare

04 Oct 17   Martin van Staden
Government’s National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme and Demarcation Regulations are unequivocal violations of South Africans’ constitutional rights to freedom of association and access to healthcare.…

Health policy shambles

28 Sep 17   Michael Settas
There has lately been an air of urgency from government around touting the virtues of their much vaunted National Health Insurance (NHI).…

Health department's demarcation regulations are potentially unconstitutional

19 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.…