The richest 40% of SA pays for 87% of the country's health care - Econex

Health minister, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi and the government still seem committed to the National Health Insurance (NHI).

Dr Paula Armstrong, Economist at Econex says the poor certainly receive a much smaller proportion of overall health care than the rich in South Africa.

A new report on health care financing by Econex, an economics research consultancy started by University of Stellenbosch economics professors disagrees with governments research with regards to the financing of the health care scheme.

What our research finds is that the wealthiest 40% of the population in South Africa, finances roughly 86% of healthcare in the country.

Dr Paula Armstrong, Economist at Econex

What we're talking about here is tax contributions, medical scheme contributions and out of pocket payment for health care in South Africa.

Dr Paula Armstrong, Economist at Econex

We aggregate that across the different parts of the socio-economic distribution and then divide this up by those socio-economic groups to see which groups contribute the largest portion explains Armstrong.

And we find there that the largest proportion comes from the wealthiest 20% of the population and the second wealthiest 20% of the population.

Dr Paula Armstrong, Economist at Econex

She says the one portion of the financing, is largely attributed to tax contributions.

Listen to the full interview in the clip below:


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