Media Briefing Invitation: NHI proposals spell unmitigated disaster for SA’s health-care and economy

The Free Market Foundation invites you to a media briefing on the National Health Insurance White Paper on Tuesday, 19 January 2016.
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Media Briefing Invitation: NHI proposals spell unmitigated disaster for SA’s health-care and economy

The Free Market Foundation invites you to a media briefing on the National Health Insurance White Paper on Tuesday, 19 January 2016.

Media Briefing Invitation

NHI proposals spell unmitigated disaster for SA’s health-care and economy
Deadline for public comment looms


Speaker:
Jasson Urbach, FMF Director & Head of FMF Health Policy Unit

Date: Tuesday 19 January 2016

11h30 for 12h00 Registration & finger lunch
12h00 to 14h00 Presentation & discussion

RSVP by clicking on http://www.freemarketfoundation.com/View-Event?i=105

If you have already responded or cannot join us, no need to RSVP

Guests welcome: Each person attending must please register individually.

Entrance: Free

Venue: Free Market Foundation, Block 5 Bryanston Gate, 170 Curzon Road, Bryanston (opposite Sandton Medi-Clinic)

 

The long-awaited National Health Insurance White Paper was quietly released by the Minister of Health while South Africa reeled from shock and disbelief at the financial disarray caused by three Finance Ministers being appointed within the space of one week. The deadline for public comment is 11 March 2016.

Missing from the NHI White Paper proposals are key details regarding funding, services and staffing.

If adopted, the proposals would mean unmitigated disaster for healthcare in South Africa and the economy in general.

What is going to happen when funds from the centrally allocated NHI fund run out? Under NHI, in a tight economic climate such as we are currently experiencing, how will government officials decide which services should be provided and who should receive care? When individuals are forced to make payments into the centrally controlled NHI fund, what will happen to them when their disposable income has been all but wiped out and they can no longer afford to pay for someone else’s “free” healthcare?

The consequences are predictable.

The NHI proposals would:

  •      Nationalise healthcare and extend the long arm of government into individual’s private lives
  •      Reduce the quality of South African healthcare provision
  •      Drive more healthcare professionals out of the country
  •      Create a bureaucracy incapable of handling the huge volume of claims
  •      Impose an unnecessary and intolerable burden on taxpayers

“Free health care for all” is a disastrous use of scarce taxpayer resources.

Government’s role should be to finance medical care for the poor and destitute. To buy this care from the private sector would be the most effective method of supplying high quality health care to the entire South African population.

Media Enquiries

For more information and to arrange for photographs and interviews, please contact:

Jayne Boccaleone
011 884 0270
082 904 3616
jboccaleone@gmail.com

Other Enquiries

Joan Evans
011 884 0270
joanevans@fmfsa.org

IRR TV

Media Briefing Invitation

NHI proposals spell unmitigated disaster for SA’s health-care and economy
Deadline for public comment looms


Speaker:
Jasson Urbach, FMF Director & Head of FMF Health Policy Unit

Date: Tuesday 19 January 2016

11h30 for 12h00 Registration & finger lunch
12h00 to 14h00 Presentation & discussion

RSVP by clicking on http://www.freemarketfoundation.com/View-Event?i=105

If you have already responded or cannot join us, no need to RSVP

Guests welcome: Each person attending must please register individually.

Entrance: Free

Venue: Free Market Foundation, Block 5 Bryanston Gate, 170 Curzon Road, Bryanston (opposite Sandton Medi-Clinic)

 

The long-awaited National Health Insurance White Paper was quietly released by the Minister of Health while South Africa reeled from shock and disbelief at the financial disarray caused by three Finance Ministers being appointed within the space of one week. The deadline for public comment is 11 March 2016.

Missing from the NHI White Paper proposals are key details regarding funding, services and staffing.

If adopted, the proposals would mean unmitigated disaster for healthcare in South Africa and the economy in general.

What is going to happen when funds from the centrally allocated NHI fund run out? Under NHI, in a tight economic climate such as we are currently experiencing, how will government officials decide which services should be provided and who should receive care? When individuals are forced to make payments into the centrally controlled NHI fund, what will happen to them when their disposable income has been all but wiped out and they can no longer afford to pay for someone else’s “free” healthcare?

The consequences are predictable.

The NHI proposals would:

  •      Nationalise healthcare and extend the long arm of government into individual’s private lives
  •      Reduce the quality of South African healthcare provision
  •      Drive more healthcare professionals out of the country
  •      Create a bureaucracy incapable of handling the huge volume of claims
  •      Impose an unnecessary and intolerable burden on taxpayers

“Free health care for all” is a disastrous use of scarce taxpayer resources.

Government’s role should be to finance medical care for the poor and destitute. To buy this care from the private sector would be the most effective method of supplying high quality health care to the entire South African population.

Media Enquiries

For more information and to arrange for photographs and interviews, please contact:

Jayne Boccaleone
011 884 0270
082 904 3616
jboccaleone@gmail.com

Other Enquiries

Joan Evans
011 884 0270
joanevans@fmfsa.org

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