The Department of Health (DoH) and Public Works will go to court on Friday to fight a case laid against them by the Public Servants Association (PSA) about the beleaguered Civitas building in Tshwane.
There is a risk that the Health Market Inquiry’s recommendations on the private health sector will be disregarded by government as they do not align with the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, warn health activists. But are the two mutually exclusive? And what are the government’s plans? HEALTH-E NEWS’ Amy Green finds out.
While the public health system is desperately under-funded, money alone will not fix it. Yet this is the underlying assumption of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, which serves to force the public and private health systems into a hasty marriage.
According to the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SASA), data from their members showed that almost a fifth of the country’s 2826 specialist anaesthesiologists are “vulnerable to move or leave South Africa”.