Pri­vate health­care

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The South African health­care sys­tem is or­gan­ised around the needs of just about ev­ery s t a k e hol d e r e x c e p t t he pa­tient, with a highly f rag­mented, ‘siloed’ ap­proach where in­te­grated care is the ex­cep­tion and not the rule, says Dis­cov­ery Health CEO Dr Jonathan Broomberg.

Speak­ing at a health­care sum­mit held at Dis­cov­ery’s head­quar­ters in Sand­ton in May, Broomberg said that he was ex­cited about the Com­pe­ti­tion Com­mis­sion en­quiry into the pri­vate health­care sec­tor be­cause it would bring to the fore much-needed in­for­ma­tion around real cost driv­ers.

Us­ing US-gen­er­ated data (be­cause that coun­try’s health­care sys­tem is sim­i­lar to that of SA), he said se­ri­ous em­pir­i­cal re­search had shown that wastage in the US sys­tem ranged be­tween 21% and 47%. He con­ser­va­tively put SA’s wastage at 21%.

“This doesn’t gen­er­ate clin­i­cal value for pa­tients. We have the un­de­sir­able fee-for-ser­vice and sep­a­ra­tion of health

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