We note the detail that has gone into the bill and have embarked on a comprehensive review. As a fund, we view this as a positive milestone that will allow debate and engagement between all stakeholders to strengthen the healthcare system.
South Africa's healthcare system remains highly unequal.
When expressed as a proportion of gross domestic product, about the same amount of money is spent on catering for the 16 percent of South Africans who belong to a medical scheme as is spent on the other 84 percent who rely on the overstretched public health system, according to a review of World Health Organisation data recently published by the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection.
The reality is that many South Africans use both the public healthcare sector and the private healthcare sector, thus the number of people who belong to a medical scheme does not equate to the number of people using the private health sector. The converse is also true, with some medical scheme members using public hospitals or state clinical protocols for the treatment of specific conditions, such as tuberculosis.