1 October 2019

No need to break up private hospital groups, says health market inquiry

Business Day 30 September 2019 – The Competition Commission has backed down on its initial recommendation of divestiture for Netcare, Life Healthcare and Mediclinic

The Competition Commission’s health market inquiry (HMI) has backed down on its recommendation that SA’s biggest private hospital groups sell off some of their assets to enhance competition in the sector. This development is likely to be met with relief by investors in JSE-listed Netcare, Life Healthcare and Mediclinic International. It does, however, recommend that regulatory oversight of the sector be improved, and proposes the introduction of a supply-side health regulator, which will formulate a new approach to licensing hospitals based on need.

You’re paying more for private healthcare and getting less, shows Competition Commission investigation

Mail & Guardian 30 September 2019 - A lack of competition in the sector isn’t just bad for your wallet, it could be bad for your health. Find out what it means for the National Health Insurance in this latest article in our series, “Compass: Charting a course to the NHI”.

South Africans are paying more for private healthcare than ever before. But forking over more cash for more — and often unnecessary — care isn’t paying off for consumers, a five-year investigation by the Competition Commission shows.  The report is the most detailed picture of private healthcare in the country’s history, revealing new details on everything from ownership and profit patterns to how health facilities contract doctors.

Consumers get the short end of the private healthcare stick, commission finds

Mail & Guardian 30 September 2019 - The Competition Commission has laid the blame for the rising cost of private healthcare at the feet of the national health department.

The report which found that the health department’s failure to hold regulators sufficiently accountable has led to uncompetitiveness and inefficiencies in the private healthcare sector.

Private sector reforms vital for NHI, says health market inquiry

Business Day 30 September 2019 - The health market inquiry's final report still recommends measures to manage costs and quality, but no longer calls for divestiture in the private hospital sector

The far-reaching recommendations made by the Competition Commission's inquiry into SA's private healthcare market will provide for a better environment in which to implement National Health Insurance (NHI), it said on Monday. The recommendations are also likely to influence the health department’s plans to amend the Medical Schemes Act, a process that was placed on hold pending finalisation of the panel’s work.

Ramaphosa to launch health sector anti-corruption forum

The Star 30 September 2019 - President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Tuesday launch the Health Sector Anti-Corruption Forum (HSACF), a collaboration aimed at preventing, detecting and prosecuting fraud and corruption in the industry, his office said on Monday.

The forum was established after the signing of a compact last year which mandated the government and social partners to work together in reforming South Africa's healthcare system. 

Row as surgeon students from five universities fail exam

The Star 30 September 2019 - Row as surgeon students from five universities fail exam

All candidates from Wits University, University of Cape Town (UCT), University of Pretoria, Walter Sisulu University and University of the Free State who received their Fellowship of the College of Surgeons (FCS) exam results a week ago failed. Only candidates from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) and Stellenbosch University (SU) passed the exams.

The rights to NHI access by migrants are not absolute — HSRC director

Medical Brief 25 September 2019 - The rights of migrants to healthcare are not absolute, writes Prof Narnia Bohle-Muller

The rights contained in chapter 2 of the Constitution are not all absolute and some may be limited by way of specific limitations embedded within the rights themselves. This is the case with socio-economic rights where “progressive realisation” within “available resources” limit these rights.

Oppositions slams government over ‘looming nursing crisis’

Medical Brief 25 September 2019 - The government’s actions in shutting down a DA-sponsored parliamentary motion to discuss the looming nursing crisis indicates it has no plan to fix the problem, claims the official opposition.

Madeleine Hicklin, DA MP says: “I will be writing to the Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, requesting that he issues a detailed public statement explaining how his Department will expedite the stalled process of accrediting new and current training nursing institutions countrywide as mandated by Section 17 of the Nursing Act 33 of 2005.

Publication date: 10/1/2019