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Conditional support of market inquiry

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has welcomed the appointment of panellists for the Competition Commission’s (CC) recently announced inquiry into the private healthcare industry. “Apart from the inclusion of one panellist who has strong links with the funding industry, we are of the view that the panel is well balanced,” it said. SAMA hopes […]

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Doctor’s Voice: The politics of economic regulation

Dr AM Levin  It is critical that the medical profession, especially the private sector, understand the implications of the forthcoming Competition Commissioner’s review, evaluation, and recommendations for regulating the financial aspects of private medicine as a means of reducing the costs thereof. In order to appreciate the ‘legality’ of the Competition Commission’s investigation, it is […]

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CC inquiry goes ahead despite court challenge

The Competition Commission has confirmed that preparatory work for its market inquiry into the private healthcare industry has commenced on 6 January as planned and that this phase of its work will not be delayed by Netcare’s court challenge against the commission’s use of KPMG as its technical service provider for the investigation. Netcare is […]

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Market inquiry supported

Stakeholders in the private healthcare sector have reacted positively to the terms of reference (TOR) for the Competition Commission’s (CC) market inquiry in the industry, expressing hope that the investigation would be thorough enough to reveal the true nature of private healthcare costs and lay to rest the many misconceptions and myths around it. Describing […]

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Concerns over inquiry’s terms of reference

Stakeholders in the private healthcare sector have welcomed the Competition Commission’s inquiry into the private health sector, although they have concerns over the draft terms of reference (TOR). Major concerns centre around the impartiality of the process and the omission of the pharmaceutical and public sectors, without which, they say, the inquiry will not get […]

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Private health braces for inquiry

The long-awaited inquiry into the private medical sector by the Competition Commission is to finally materialise, following the announcement that Section 6 of the Competition Amendment Act would become effective on 1 April. The announcement by president Jacob Zuma in March came as a surprise to many stakeholders, as the Act has been hanging in […]

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Counting the cost of sustainable private healthcare services

Werner Swanepoel, CEO: Medical Practice Consulting The effect of the 2004 Competition Commission ruling is that collective negotiation on healthcare tariffs is outlawed. Healthcare professionals must negotiate tariffs with medical schemes individually – trade unions and representative associations are not permitted to negotiate tariffs on behalf of their members. This ruling has forced healthcare professionals in […]

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Pricing Commission – To Be or Not to Be?

Despite repeated statements by health minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi that he will establish a Pricing Commission for the private health sector, to date there has been no evidence of an intention to go through with it. “The Pricing Commission cannot materialise without stringent legislative amendments,” explained Neil Kirby, a director of Werksmans Attorneys. “However, nothing has […]

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Law in Practice: Health Legislation and Policy – What’s in Store for 2012?

 Elsabé Klinck The year 2012 will see several legislative changes and implementation of various policies, some of which were announced in the second half of 2011. In this article, the legislative and policy changes already announced will be addressed, as well as those likely to occur in this year. These changes will provide healthcare stakeholders […]

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Mr Minister, Please Explain your Comments?

In some radical fundamentalist cultures, there’s a saying: “Hit your wife once a week. If you don’t know why, she will.” Health minister­ Dr Aaron Motsoaledi’s on­­going finger-­pointing at the private­ health sector, with accusations of engaging in ‘uncontrolled commercialism’ and ‘destructive, unsustainable practices’ are reminiscent of this saying. Until now, he has not validated these […]

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