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As the year nears its end and we start winding down, here’s what made headlines in the world of health in 2019.
The preliminary findings of the inquiry into the private health care sector shows worrying trends and key among the revelations are high concentration levels in the market.
Landscape could change radically if inquiry’s findings and recommendations are accepted by state, industry and consumers.
The demand for private health care in SA is expected to remain strong, which will support Netcare's growth over the next few years, says group CEO Richard Friedland.
Private health-care will be available to domestic workers nation-wide at a cost of R170 to the employer, according to a report on Tuesday.
Private health insurance in South Africa is estimated to contribute 42% to national expenditure, says the People's Health Movement.
While medical schemes under the microscope were apparently "at pains" to avoid any obvious racial profiling in their systems and processes, attempts to be colourblind may have had the unintended effect of making it more difficult to address racial bias, according to expert testimony.
Debates around South Africa's health market inquiry must remember that not all proposals for regulating private economic activity are an attack on the market, says Steven Friedman.
Private health are in South Africa is characterised by ‘disempowered and uninformed’ consumers and schemes that are difficult to understand, according to a major new report by the Competition Commission.
The price of private health care needs to be reduced to help the National Health Insurance scheme work, according to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.
The government is seeking to replace private healthcare with national health insurance, says the Health Policy Unit of the Free Market Foundation.
Netcare, SA's second-largest hospital group by value, says it expects an increase of up to 26% in full-year earnings.
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