A CHANGE OF FO­CUS

Finweek English Edition - - Healthcare -

“THE TIME HAS COME for the reg­u­la­tors and the sup­pli­ers of fi­nance to start get­ting their house in or­der. The time has also come for the sup­pli­ers of fi­nance to stop think­ing of them­selves as sup­pli­ers of fi­nance, be­cause health­care is largely funded by em­ploy­ers and in­di­vid­u­als. “The trans­for­ma­tion of the in­dus­try has been go­ing on for a long time, and it’s still all about how to make the treat­ment of the sick more af­ford­able. A change of fo­cus is nec­es­sary, that is, away from ill­ness to how to pre­vent ill­ness and en­sure bet­ter health. Also how to mea­sure the qual­ity of health and health­care in SA.

“At the same time, there must be a fo­cus on job cre­ation, so that the tax­payer base can be­come big­ger – an es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ent for the type of health­care sys­tem we are head­ing for,” says Louis Botha, MD of Absa Health­care Con­sul­tants and chair­man of the Fi­nan­cial Plan­ning In­sti­tute’s (FPI) Health­care Com­mit­tee.

There must be a fo­cus on job cre­ation. Louis Botha

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