New NHI Bill could cause doctors to leave South Africa

New NHI Bill could cause doctors to leave South Africa

- The proposed National Health Insurance Bill is supposed to give South Africans better health care but could cause immigration of doctors

- The new Bill will put a cap on doctor's fees, something doctors won't agree with

- This cap could lead to South African doctors searching of better opportunities elsewhere

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The proposed National Health Insurance Bill could lead to many doctors leaving South Africa in search for better opportunities.

The suggested NHI bill will put price control in the private sector. Private doctors will be forced to charge their patients a certain fee and nothing more.

It is believed that a pricing list will be distributed and doctors who do not follow this pricing list strictly will be heavily punished.

Medical professionals have warned that private doctors do not want to be told how much they are allowed to charge patients.

The South African reported that doctors may then leave the country to find work where they aren't prohibited by the state.

Many people feel the suggested NHI Bill is not the right solution for South Africa

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If doctors are leaving South Africa, it could lead to other professionals following suit, in search of good medical care for their families.

Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, did not yet say how the NHI will be funded.

BusinessTech reported that the Health Minister did send the proposed NHI to the National Treasury, who will need to find the means to finance it.

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Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Motsoaledi shared the National Health Insurance Bill and the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill with the country.

According to Motsoaledi, the new bills will give more South Africans access to medical healthcare through NHI, but it might also lead to a lack of medical professionals.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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