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BUSINESS DAY The Competition Commission's long running health market inquiry has delayed publishing its final report until March 29 2019, saying it needs more time to consider the extensive sub missions it has received from stakeholders since it published its interim findings in July. It had hoped to publish its final report on Friday. The inquiry began in January 2014 and set out to investigate the barriers to effective competition in the private health care market and why annual health care inflation consistently out strips consumer price inflation by several percentage points. The original deadline for the release of its final report was November 2015, but it has been repeatedly postponed partly due to legal challenges, but also because it has been at pains to show it is taking heed of concerns raised by stakeholders at every step of the way. The inquiry has been conducted by a five member panel chaired by retired justice Sandile Ngcobo. The delay in the release of the final report will allow the inquiry sufficient time to review sub missions "with the seriousness they deserve", said panel member Sharon Form, professor of public health at the University of the Witwatersrand. By September 7 the inquiry had received 47 written submissions from stakeholders in response to its provisional report Formal notice of the latest deadline extension, to March 29, is expected to be published in the Government Gazette on Fri day, said Fonn. Section 27 deputy director Umunyana Rugege said it is not surprising that the inquiry needs more time to consider comments, given the volume of sub missions it had received. "This is a crucial process for the country and due consideration of all stakeholders comments is welcomed. However, there have been many delays in the process since 2014 and we note the need to conclude the deliberations of the panel as expeditiously as possible in light of the speed of the processing of the NHI (National Health Insurance Bill). As we have argued before, the two processes are linked and should influence each other in the interests of advancing access to health care in SA," she said. The provisional report found a lack of competition in the medical scheme market and evidence of over servicing by providers and concluded that the private hospital sector is so highly concentrated it inhibits effective competition. It recommended interventions aimed at increasing.com petition, improving consumer protection and ensuring greater efficiency in the market.
Created at 2018/12/10 04:34 PM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2018/12/10 04:34 PM by Mediclinic