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Mediclinic News : A better approach to health care

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A better approach to health care

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2018-01-19

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THE STAR Dr Yogan Pillay from the Department of Health was not being truthful in his opinion piece, "Health of people key to economic health", published on January 11. The World Bank and World Health Organisation report did not indicate that South Africa was well on its way to universal health coverage UHC with its National Health Insurance scheme NHI. The report was evaluating the current situation of health care in South Africa. There is thus an indication that South Africa is well on its way to UHC, despite NHI, which hasn't been implemented yet. The department is continuing with its narrative that NHI is the only way to achieve UHC in South Africa, when credible research shows the current health system is well on its way to achieving this. The report states that the missing element of UHC is quality of care. The department should be focusing on improving the quality of care in the public sector, without trying to radically overhaul the entire health care system through NHI. The underlying; evidence for why the NHI mode was chosen for South Atria has never been provided, and with a lack of specifics when it comes to costs and funding; thereof, we should be looking; at improving the current system and not at replacing it with something unaffordable. Back to top
Created at 2018/03/06 03:49 PM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2018/03/06 03:49 PM by Mediclinic