'Emigration is threatening private healthcare in South Africa'
Private healthcare is bleeding.
Faced with increased emigration and a shrinking insured population, the risks facing private healthcare providers in South Africa is increasing.
For one, the first Covid-19 peak (there may yet be a second) was shorter than expected while many non-Covid patients stayed away for fear of contracting the virus while in hospital.
In addition, measures to control the pandemic all but wiped out less-contagious infectious diseases such as seasonal influenza.
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Jessica Spira, Sector Head for Healthcare and Hospitality at RMB.
Sector reckons private hospital are, right now, running at 60% of their capacity.
Not all medical procedures can be put off indefinitely, so Spira expects some improvement in the next few months.
The future of the private healthcare sector is unclear… it’s well-run… but it needs volume, and it needs people to take out medical insurance…Jessica Spira, Sector Head for Healthcare and Hospitality - RMB
To the extent that people leave the country, the private healthcare system comes under strain… the insured population is potentially emigrating… There’s a large concern of healthcare workers emigrating…Jessica Spira, Sector Head for Healthcare and Hospitality - RMB
The volumes in the private sector continue to be lower than expected… people are still fearful of going to the hospital; they're still delaying elective surgeries. There are also fewer seasonal infections, because of social distancing, better hygiene…Jessica Spira, Sector Head for Healthcare and Hospitality - RMB
I anticipate a slight shrinkage [in the number of private hospitals] … one could see this as a positive… more focus on value-based care… and remote care…Jessica Spira, Sector Head for Healthcare and Hospitality - RMB
It’s encouraging to see how the collaboration between public and private healthcare has lifted the entire sector. It’s fantastic to see the sharing of knowledge and resources with a common goal… Maybe it’s an alternative to an NHI?Jessica Spira, Sector Head for Healthcare and Hospitality - RMB
Listen to the interview in the audio below.
Pfizer is on the verge of cracking a Covid-19 vaccine, says Dr Glenda Gray, CEO at Medical Research Council.Read More
Investors on the JSE are clamouring for Aspen shares. The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews its CEO, Stephen Saad.Read More
The lowest and highest-paid workers in SA haven’t yet recovered from the lockdown, according to FNB's Dr Christoph Nieuwoudt.Read More
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Famous Brands CEO Darren Hele.Read More
Futurist Graeme Codrington and economist Dick Forslund on how a 2nd hard lockdown and a 2nd Covid wave might affect our country.Read More
Social Development minister Lindiwe Zulu reflects on the concerning rise of the coronavirus infections.Read More
There were 15,028 new tests conducted and 22 new coronavirus-related deaths. New infections were 1.268.Read More
Your financial future – even if you have to start over – could be brighter than it would’ve been without the pandemic.Read More
The rand was just recently trading at a six-month high. Arabile Gumede interviews Bianca Botes (Peregrine Treasury Solutions).Read More
Bruce Whitfield interviews tourism consultant Gillian Saunders, a previous advisor to former Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom.Read More