FMF NEWSLETTER 23 September 2020


FMF NEWSLETTER 23 September 2020   
FMF update  

To all our supporters, members, friends, and the South African public, please take all necessary steps to remain safe and healthy in these very difficult times. 

The FMF has been hard at work researching the impact of the lockdown, especially the impact of regulations on poorer South Africans.

To read all of the FMF's work on the COVID-19 lockdown thus far, click here.

New FMF article  

Covid-19 and the case against a state-run National Health Insurance – Michael Settas

Government has no legal means to access the R200-billion that is privately funded by medical scheme members, so the only option is to legislate a monopoly for itself and increase the NHI budget beyond the existing public sector budget by raising dedicated NHI taxes or levies. In our post-Covid economic meltdown, that is about as likely to happen as Donald Trump apologising for being misogynistic.

The weaknesses shown in public health delivery during the Covid-19 pandemic - most especially in the Eastern Cape - has emboldened a resurgence of National Health Insurance (NHI) protagonists. The claims of the NHI proponents, however, remain steeped in an emotive and largely naïve assessment that almost exclusively blames the state's inability to deliver quality care on a perceived maldistribution of resources between the private and public sectors.

To read further, please click here.

Latest FMF event video   

Where does SA rank in 2020 Economic Freedom of the World report?

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Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Between 1200 and 1330 on Wednesday, September 30, Business Leadership SA (BLSA) and FMF will be presenting a webcast on: Expropriation Without Compensation and post-lockdown South Africa: Turning a disaster into an opportunity

Speakers: Busi Mavuso (CEO, BLSA); Temba A Nolutshungu (Director, FMF); Tebele Luthuli (Director of Policy and Legislation, BLSA); Martin van Staden (Head of Legal (Policy and Research), FMF)

To register, please open the flyer HERE and click on the LINK it contains

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