SA’s sickly private and public healthcare systems

There are very significant structural problems in both the private and public healthcare sectors in South Africa that need to be addressed, the chairperson of Social Security Systems Administration & Management Studies at Wits School of Governance Professor Alex van den Heever says.

He says some problems are similar while others are different.

In the case of the public sector, I’d argue there has been a failure of governance over a number of years, which has resulted in a structural drop in the quality of clinical care.

Alex van den Heever, Wits School of Governance Professor

In the private sector, you have essentially a kind of greed drive that pushes a lot of the activities in that sector.

Alex van den Heever, Wits School of Governance Professor

The problem there is there’s no system to check the quality of healthcare provided.

Alex van den Heever, Wits School of Governance Professor

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