Health MEC: Private healthcare only a 'bed and breakfast' experience

Health MEC: Private healthcare only a 'bed and breakfast' experience

- Health MEC Bandile Masuku says that the only service private healthcare institutions provide better than the state is a "bed and breakfast" experience

- He added that he believed any issues the public healthcare system has could be solved with more funding

- As a result, Mauku is a staunch supporter of the NHI Bill

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Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku says that it is a myth that private healthcare tends to be superior to public health services.

Masuku says that the only service which private healthcare provides over the public sector is a "bed and breakfast experience".

The MEC says that the NHI Bill will be a way to provide quality healthcare to all South Africans.

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Masuku added that private hospitals only serve 8% of the population, Briefly.co.za has gathered. He admits that public health services in South Africa could be better, but he says that is mostly a funding issue - something he believes the NHI could solve, according to Business Tech.

"The NHI is a funding model," Masuku says. "It will improve availability of resources and our capacity to employ staff, provide equipment and refurbish all our facilities."

However, his argument that it is a myth that private healthcare institutions are generally being better than public ones is a dubious one. After all, public healthcare facilities have been accused of incompetence and negligence far more often than public hospitals. Notable examples include the Life Esidimeni tragedy, as reported by New24.

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Additionally, some economists have raised concerns about how the funding for the NHI will be received. Analysts Peter Attard Montalto, for one, says that the NHI will require major tax hikes which could hurt citizens financially and have negative consequences for the economy as a whole.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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