Doctors ready to ditch SA if planned NHI scheme is implemented

Doctors ready to ditch SA if planned NHI scheme is implemented

A recent poll carried out by the SA Medical Association (Sama) found that 38% of the doctors it represents are prepared to emigrate from South Africa if the new National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme is implemented.

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17, 000 doctors are currently represented by Sama. Although 38% is high the real troubling figure is the doctors who want to stay.

Briefly.co.za learned that only 39% of doctors polled revealed that they would stay in SA, 17% were unsure and 6% said they would emigrate for other reasons.

Sama spokesperson Dr Mvuyisi Mzukwa revealed that the organisation is supportive of the planned NHI Bill.

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"There are a number of submissions we have made to the portfolio committee in Parliament and some of the issues we have raised the trust deficit." — Dr Mvuyisi Mzukwa, Spokesperson - South African Medical Association
"The trust between the government and the profession has gone down because of what is happening currently." — Dr Mvuyisi Mzukwa, Spokesperson - South African Medical Association

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Mzukwa has revealed that Sama is engaging with the government to find ways to support the universal healthcare system according to 702.co.za.

"We are engaging government and we have said we want to work with government but please assist members on this issues and if you don't we have members as stated in our survey that they will consider leaving."— Dr Mvuyisi Mzukwa, Spokesperson - South African Medical Association.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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