Government hostility towards private healthcare impedes NHI

THE government’s antipathy towards public-private partnerships is holding up implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI), according to the head of the Independent Practitioners Association Foundation (IPAF), which represents doctors. IPAF chairman Morgan Chetty, speaking at a media summit on Wednesday organised by medical scheme administrator Discovery Health, said: “The government sees the private sector as a threat. “It fears divestiture and that the public health sector will give up its right to provide healthcare.” NHI envisages a universal health system to which everyone contributes according to their ability and which provides services that are free at the point of care. The latest government policy on NHI, published in a white paper in December 2015, says services will be procured from accredited public and private sector providers….more

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