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Worrying healthcare sector trends

EDITORIAL COMMENT: Cape Times, 2 October 2019 A LENGTHY investigation into the private healthcare sector has confirmed worrying trends, including the dominance of three main hospital groups which, the investigation found, had restricted competition in the sector and increased costs. The Competition Commission’s five-year inquiry resulted in the release this week of a report by

Ramaphosa launches anti-corruption forum ‘to protect the NHI Fund’

Nelisiwe Msomi: Health-e News Service, 2 October 2019 PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa launched the Health Sector Anti-Corruption Forum (HSACF) at the Union Buildings in Tshwane yesterday. The forum is a partnership between government, law enforcement agencies, civil society and health oversight bodies - including the National Department of Health, Special Investigating Unit, National Prosecutions Authority, Section

Politicians need to drop hostility to help fix private healthcare

Tamar Kahn: Business Day, 2 October 2019 THE Competition Commission’s Health Market Inquiry, which released its final report on Monday, has told us what many patients who use the private sector already know: prices are rising faster than consumer inflation, expensive tests and investigations are offered at the drop of a hat, and there