According to Dr Kgosi Letlape, South Africans need to let go of their medical aid schemes, or else the public healthcare system will never improve in the country.
He says the Medical Schemes Act is the detriment of public health and underprivileged patients.
I think it is time all of us become aware. The public healthcare system is not working because there are private medical aid schemes.The division in healthcare is a crime against humanity.— Dr Kgosi Letlape
Letlape says that while provision of healthcare may be separated into private and public, it is the funding of healthcare that needs to be mutual in the country.
The doctor's opinion sparked off many calls and comments from CapeTalk and 702 listeners (including former Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Samuel Shilowa) who shared their views and experiences of South Africa's public healthcare system.
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@RediTlhabi Medical aid much like private schooling is something we HAVE to do because the public providers of these are rotten.— KayPeeEmGee (@KleinhansMk) July 14, 2015
@RediTlhabi I say,force the politicians to use public facilities and all the citizens of the country will benefit.— Gabyj (@gabyj1) July 14, 2015
@RediTlhabi And to be fooled. Private healthcare is almost cathing up wih Public system wben it comes to bad service.— KABELO MG (@KabeloMG) July 14, 2015
@RediTlhabi The country's productivity wud suffer without pvt health. We wud all be walking with sick notes waiting 2 see public caregivers— Kesitilwe (@KesiMolefe) July 14, 2015
@RediTlhabi some of us are forced to take medical aid by our companies. I would love to take control of my medical finances.— Sishi (@sibusisosishi) July 14, 2015
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