NHI policy: ‘private sector safe’

2011-09-22 00:00

THE Hospital Association of South Africa (Hasa), which represents private hospitals, is confident that the National Health Insurance (NHI) policy is not a threat to the private healthcare sector.

Association chairperson Dr Nkaki Matlala said it will take many years before the government can bring the public health sector up to standard, so there is little concern about the implementation of the NHI.

“Once the conditions in the public healthcare sector are brought up to standard then the ground will be levelled for everyone to play …” said Matlala.

He acknowledged that the compulsory contributions, will encourage some people to abandon medical aid schemes for the NHI, but the state will source services from the private healthcare sector, he said.

Referring to the implementation of the UK’s National Health Service, Matlala said the British government involved experts from outside the country and from the healthcare sector.

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