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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

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