Medical aids will struggle to survive NHI, shows leaked document

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It’s madness!

Bruce Whitfield, The Money Show

You’re not going to improve public health by breaking the private sector! You’re simply not!

Bruce Whitfield, The Money Show

Medical aids will only be allowed to cover services the National Health Insurance (NHI) doesn’t offer, according to a leaked version of the revised NHI Bill.

There are 308 public healthcare facilities that are non-compliant with minimum standards while 224 are “critically non-compliant”, according to the Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC).

About 76% of all facilities assessed by the OHSC were non-compliant.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Dr Nicholas Burger.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).

This would force consumers to rely solely on the NHI for certain services… forcing people to wait for services that could be provided by the private sector… increasing pressure on the public sector…

Dr Nicholas Burger

Close to 16% of the population relies on the private sector…

Dr Nicholas Burger

We’re not equipped in the public sector to deal with the NHI…

Dr Nicholas Burger

This will get thrown out through lengthy legal processes… a move by Government to accrue votes in the 2019 election… We’ve seen NHI fail in far more established economies… It’ll have to be implemented slowly over time…

Dr Nicholas Burger

Treasury is also up in arms… it’s anyone’s guess what the motive for this revision is…

Dr Nicholas Burger

Brazil has a flourishing public/private health system…

Dr Nicholas Burger

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