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.
On Thursday Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi released to the public the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill which seeks to abolish co-payments, waiting periods, late-joiner penalties and the use of brokers in the industry.
Thobeka Xaba, 23, is in a life-and-death struggle against an invasive cancer that has immobilised her left arm. But she has had no chemotherapy since 25 March because her medical aid, Discovery, refuses to pay for the medicine recommended by her oncologist.