Doctors' Forum: Bill is not thought through, will cause massive damage

Doctors' Forum: Bill is not thought through, will cause massive damage

The SA Private Practitioners' Forum has joined calls saying that the National Health Insurance model will cause massive harm to the entire sector. This comes as Parliament is due to meet to discuss the bill, which will lead to public consultations.

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The SAPPF has come out to denounce the current NHI model, saying that it will cause irreparable harm to South Africa's healthcare industry.

Briefly.co.za reported that Minister Zweli Mkhize had released the bill, which aims to provide national access to healthcare, irrespective of financial circumstances.

Parliament's health committee is expected to discuss the bill, which will open the door to extensive public consultations, reports EWN.

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However, SAPPF CEO Dr Chris Archer says the group supports the need for reform in the sector, but warns that the proposal has not been adequately thought through:

“It’s not affordable given our current circumstances, we don’t have the manpower to provide those services. It will alienate and destroy the medical aid industry in our view."

The Health Department claims that a compulsory prepayment system will finance the bill, but the main source of funds will come from appropriations and general tax revenue.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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