Problems within the private healthcare sector

The Competition Commission's Health Market Inquiry conducted over four years to probe the state of competition in the private healthcare market cost R196-million, according to Economic Development Minister, Ebrahim Patel.

The minister provided a written reply to a question from Democratic Alliance MP Michael Cardo on the cost and other details of the inquiry, which started in 2014 and published its provisional report and findings in 2018. The inquiry, led by a panel with expertise in law, health economics and sector experience, considered the state of competition in the private healthcare market.

The Competition Commission had reasons to believe that there were features within the private healthcare sector that were preventing or distorting or restricting competition among the players and making it difficult for new players to come in. Because of that observation, the Competition Commission believed that it had to conduct an inquiry that will help people better understand the industry and to promote competition within the healthcare sector.

Dr. Fundile Nyathi - CEO of Proactive Health Solutions

After four years of this inquiry, a report by the Competition Commission was released. In the report, there were findings about the industry players. It was found that there were generally high costs in the private healthcare system, and some of those costs could not be justifiable at times, meaning some costs were unnecessary.

Dr. Fundile Nyathi - CEO of Proactive Health Solutions

Medical aid schemes are difficult to understand fully, and often at times, they leave consumers confused and dis-empowered, compounding their inability to use choice as a pressure on schemes.

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