Staying healthy costs more
Ahmed Gauteng The spend may be high, but the money comes from the people’s own pockets. It does not come from government. Khahliso Moshesha Free State As a beneficiary of the excellent service provided by private hospitals, I disagree with Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. If you do not have capacity, Good Samaritan principles will never work. It is pure common sense that anything that is in demand is bound to be expensive.
Private healthcare is what it is because of the poor and pathetic service provided by South Africa’s public health system. If you cannot beat them, join them.
It will be much more helpful to work together and learn from a working system rather than messing up everything to ensure everyone suffers. Stop creating cosmetic solutions that you do not have the capacity to implement. LL Pokela Gauteng I agree with our health minister – more so that the medical aids increase monthly premiums every year. Yet the patients still have to pay extra costs to hospitals, doctors, etc. Letlhohonolo Monama North West As a healthcare worker, I totally align myself with Dr Motsoaledi’s sentiments.
It’s really unjustified that 42% of total healthcare spend serves 16% of the population, which largely is the rich. The government is doing well to call for the just and equitable distribution of healthcare resources.
The private healthcare sector is only motivated by huge profit margins, and the cost of such is not sustainable. It was shocking to learn that the cost of treating uncomplicated pneumonia is R19 000. Maki Free State I agree with the minister. Private hospitals’ prices are terrible. I visited their casualty ward twice, my medical scheme funds are exhausted and the service was not even that good. Eric Pretoria, Gauteng I support Motsoaledi. The prices charged by the doctors and private hospitals are ridiculous. They don’t have the interests of the people at heart – all they want is money.
The minister must regulate their price increases. He must also form a body to monitor private hospitals. At this moment, they do as they please.
The minister should do something instead of just talking, and the people who are controlling these hospitals are from one ethnic group that wants to get rich in a day. Desiree via SMS I agree with the minister of health. Many professionals are employed on a contract basis without medical insurance benefits. The nurses delivering the care in private health cannot afford the same level of care for themselves. A national health insurance system is urgently required. Dr Essa KwaZulu-Natal I agree with the hospital association. I work in both private and public hospitals and can assure you that keeping facilities running is not cheap.
Cancer patients in public hospitals are dying because of a lack of services, yet there are more budget cuts. Costs in private hospitals are higher, yet they are still cheaper than healthcare anywhere else in the world.
The minister, I’m afraid, has committed himself to this fight and, like any politician, will blindly follow it to the end just to avoid getting egg on his face – again.