- President Cyril Ramaphosa says that corruption in SA's health sector costs lives and affects the poor the most
- This comes as the Health Sector Anti-Corruption Forum was launched in Tshwane
- Speaking during the launch, Ramaphosa says R22 billion was lost to this plague
President Cyril Ramaphosa has launched the Health Sector Anti-Corruption Forum in response to the sector's R22 billion losses.
JacarandaFM reports that Rmaapohsa had gotten a wake-up call during election campaigning when he realised the extent of the damage done by fraudsters:
“It pained me that access to health had been impacted by corruption, some pay above the official rate for free services. Moonlighting nurses neglect patients and vehicles are hired out or sold. Health corruption costs lives... We have to make sure that NHI pool of funds is not wiped out through fraud and corruption.”
The SABC reports that the forum would see stakeholders collaborating in the fight against both fraud and corruption in the industry.
The Special Investigating Unit, police watchdogs, the National Department of Health and the Council for Medical Schemes are just a few of the entities that will be taking part, Briefly.co.za gathered.
The National Health Insurance bill will be supported and watched over by the forum once it comes into play, ensuring that it succeeded, explained Ramaphosa.
During his address, the president condemned those who had colluded to rob consumers of the opportunity to access vital services.
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