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Cape Town - Private healthcare in South Africa is structured so that doctors work alone rather than in teams and are remunerated for the quantity of services they deliver rather than for quality of the outcome, according to Dr Brian Ruff, founder and CEO of healthcare management company PPO Serve.

“Rather than competing with individuals, teams should compete with teams, with the goal to avoid unnecessary hospitalisation,” said Ruff.

In his view, the primary driver is a growing excess of private hospital beds in South African metros.

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