Stay­ing healthy costs more

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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.

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