HOORAY FOR HOGAN
IT’S NO SECRET that much of the private sector (and probably public sector, too) is relieved at the appointment of new Health Minister Barbara Hogan. Law firm Werksmans has put its views on the record, saying it welcomes the appointment of Hogan and believes it heralds the end of growing State intervention in private healthcare and a change to the culture of acrimony between the Health Department and private healthcare industry.
“The previous administration had done irreparable damage to the efficient delivery of healthcare in this country as a result of its lack of public consultation and heavy- handed approach,” says Bulelwa Khemese, a Werksmans director specialising in healthcare law. He adds the industry can “put aside its lawsuits” and focus on SA’s healthcare needs.
He says Hogan is the kind of person who seems likely to place the correct emphasis on improving healthcare for the country as a whole. “I expect to see more of a publicprivate partnership approach to the sector.”
On draft legislation published by the Health Department earlier this year proposing bargaining between private healthcare providers and medical schemes, Khemese says it creates little incentive to negotiate