Health Minister slams private hospitals

2011-06-30 09:05

Johannesburg - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has slammed the private healthcare system, saying this needed to be regulated first before a national health insurance could be put into place.

The Times newspaper quoted him on Thursday as saying: "If you want to be a billionaire, don't own a mine... own a private hospital."

He was speaking to members of the Congress of SA Trade Unions' central committee.

He said if one took a simple procedure such as a circumcision as an example, a private hospital would charge up to R15 000, while the same procedure would cost R400 in a state hospital.

"The first thing to do... is to ensure that the charges are regulated in the private health industry. If you don't solve this issue, comrades, we can introduce national health insurance and within six months it will be dead.

"The cost of healthcare is being arbitrarily raised in South Africa unfairly," he said.

The government plans to introduce a national health insurance in the next few years, but is yet to announce details on how it would be implemented.

  • Nasdaq7 - 2011-06-30 10:42

    Price controls. They tried it in Zimbabwe.

  • Sebastien - 2011-06-30 14:30

    I'm sure Mr Motsoaledi has no idea what the word "private" means; he should ignore what the Private Hospitals are charging and just focus on public healthcare instead. If people want to pay private healthcare prices, that is their business is it not?

      Guido - 2011-08-11 12:22

      Hi, Unless there is an alternative system that can offer better prices how do you know if you are still willing to pay the private healthcare prices ? Have you done your homework on this ? You might potentionally financially better of. We need anybody , government or other to come up with a system that will reduce prices of anything in SA. Note ofcourse that we have to small number of people that can can contribute to anything the government wants to introduce for the ones that cannot afford it. Expect to price a big contribution.

      piet.strydom - 2011-08-11 21:00

      HI Guido There is an alternative. It is called government health care. And like everything else, government cannot build something up, they need to tear down what is already there.

      Anita - 2011-08-12 05:58

      You are right Sebastian - what it means is simply 'if you got the money we don't want you to spend it as you wish'.

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