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Health care declining in SA

Johannesburg - South Africans are paying more on health care but receiving poorer outcomes, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Friday.

“In South Africa, we still think little of primary health care,” he said at the annual Competition Commission conference.

Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi. Photo: Thomas Holder. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

“While premiums (of medical aids) are increasing, patient care is declining.”

He said that due to the global economic crisis, many countries were tempted to reduce social services, especially health.

“Health is a public good and not just any other commodity.

“I don't know any minister of health in the world who is not worried about the affordability of health care.” - Sapa

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