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Mediclinic News : NHI WOULD FORCE 40% OF DOCTORS TO LEAVE SOUTH AFRICA

Title

NHI WOULD FORCE 40% OF DOCTORS TO LEAVE SOUTH AFRICA

Date

2020-01-07

Link

https://businesstech.co.za/news/lifestyle/364206/nhi-would-force-40-of-doctors-to-leave-south-africa/

News Description

BusinessTech A growing number of doctors in South Africa object to the incoming National Health Insurance (NHI) system, with just under 40% planning to emigrate if a universal health-care system is implemented. Speaking to the Cape Argus, the South African Medical Association (Sama) said the proposed changes found in the NHI bill could cause wide-scale harm to the delivery of health care if they are not managed properly, adding that the bill had been introduced at a time of deep public mistrust in the government. Dhlomo said that although the bill was not fully understood, the committee was impressed by the knowledge South Africans had about aspects of it. He added that the burning issues raised were generally the same, having heard the concerns of residents in four provinces before embarking on the Eastern Cape leg. According to him, people are concerned about the budgetary implications of the Bill. “Other people who do not necessarily agree with the bill are asking where the money is going to come from. Can the department indicate how they are going to fund this process? So there are those varied responses that we get,” Dhlomo explained. According to him, the public participation process is not merely a box-ticking exercise to complete all the steps in the process. “We are here to listen and write down. We are going to engage the department and they must indicate to us why there won’t be any change to what people are suggesting.” Friday was the deadline for all written submissions on the bill after the Portfolio Committee extended the closing date. More than 100 000 written submissions have already been received by Parliament. The hearings in the Eastern Cape were conducted in Komani, Mthatha and King William’s Town. The committee was set to wrap up the hearings in King William’s Town.
Created at 2020/01/13 07:19 AM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2020/01/13 07:19 AM by Mediclinic