Johannesburg - Heath Minister Aaron Motsoaledi called for
the regulation of healthcare fees at the Board of Healthcare Funders' annual
conference at Sun City on Monday, SABC news reported.
He said manufacturers of antiretrovirals (ARVs) originally
told the government it was not possible to reduce the cost of the life-saving
HIV/Aids medication because it was expensive.
"We said 'give us the costs', and when the costs were
given, we found that it was not true, it's not as expensive as that,"
"And you remember we reduced ARV (prices) by 50%,
didn't we? We did. But before that we are being told all these stories about
Motsoaledi elicited a swift response from the private healthcare industry last week after he broke down the cost of a circumcision in a
According to a presentation by him, posted on the BHF's
website for Monday's conference, hospital fees alone ranged between R4 184 and
R13 900, excluding urologist and anaesthetist fees.
These hospital fees did not include an overnight stay. In
contrast one of the urologists could do the procedure for R1 500 in his rooms,
and GPs in townships charged between R600 and R1 200.
After a similar presentation last week private healthcare
providers said state hospitals charged less because they were subsided by
Whether medical schemes have to pay in full the minimum
prescribed benefits or not to their clients is currently the subject of a court