South Africa Wants to Deal ‘Fairly’ With Private Health Costs

(InformAfrica) — South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said he wants to deal “fairly and openly” with costs in the country’s health care industry as Africa’s largest economy plans to industry compulsory medical insurance.

“Health is a public good and if we leave it only to market forces we can’t reach our goals” of extending health care to the entire population, he said in a speech in Johannesburg today. “I am not saying there must not be commerce, but it must be reasonable.”

The private healthcare industry will continue to exist. “Not in the African National Congress, Cabinet or any structure I belong to, have we discussed killing private healthcare. It’s not on the agenda.”

-Bloomberg

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