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The Competition Commission Health Market Inquiry Report: An overview and key imperatives

G C Solanki, J E Cornell, D Besada, R L Morar, T Wilkinson

Abstract


The Competition Commission’s Health Market Inquiry (HMI) is the most systematic and comprehensive investigation carried out into the South African private health sector. The recommendations as set out in the HMI Final Report merit extensive discussion and debate, as they could – if implemented – have far-reaching consequences for the future of the healthcare system. The objective of this article is to contribute to this discussion by providing an overview of the key findings and recommendations of the HMI and highlighting the resultant key imperatives at this critical juncture of policy development.


Authors' affiliations

G C Solanki, Health Systems Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa; Honorary Research Associate, Health Economics Unit, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Principal Consultant, NMG Consultants and Actuaries, Cape Town, South Africa

J E Cornell, Director of Institutional Development and Planning (retired), Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, University of Cape Town, South Africa

D Besada, Health Systems Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa

R L Morar, Chief Operating Officer, University of Cape Town, South Africa

T Wilkinson, Health Economics Unit, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Keywords

National Health Insurance; Universal health coverage; Competition Commission; Health Market Inquiry; Private sector

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2020;110(2):88-91. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2020.v110i2.14455

Article History

Date submitted: 2020-01-29
Date published: 2020-01-29

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