NHI will put GPs ‘back at the centre’ – Motsoaledi
That was the core message to thousands of private sector doctors from National Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, during an 8-month charm offensive across the 11 National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot districts which he completed this October . Speaking exclusively to Izindaba a fortnight after his marathon tour ended, an upbeat Motsoaledi believes his well-aimed arrows found their target. ‘I think I proved to them that the present system is making them poorer than an NHI ever could. I mean GPs getting R6 billion out of the R84.7 billion medical aid basket (2010 figures – 2011 was worse) with private hospitals’ specialists, pharmacies and even non-healthcare workers (administrators and brokers) getting more, is unfair and unsustainable,’ he said.
Chris Bateman, HMPG
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Date published: 2012-11-06
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