Private Healthcare Will Burden South Africans With R500 Billion Each Year – Aaron Motsoaledi


The Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has warned that the private healthcare will cost South Africans nothing less than half a trillion rand each year come 2028.

According to the Health Minister, the price hikes South Africans are subjected to by doctors and hospitals at the private healthcare sector needs to be checked if the nation must avert the consequences of the rapidity with which the cost of private healthcare is escalating.

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After the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) representatives presented their reports on the high cost of private healthcare in South Africa, the Health Minister told City Press that nobody listened to him when he made similar deductions.

“This is what I have been telling South Africans all along, but nobody wants to listen to us,” Motsoaledi said.

“Private healthcare spending has increased by more than 300% in the past 12 years and if we calculate the future spend using the current increases, it will approach half a trillion rand,” he added.

The agitated Health Minister further explained that “nowhere in the world does private healthcare cost this much. We are even higher than the US, which has a private healthcare spend of 35% [of total health spend].

But what is better about the US is that this 35% healthcare spend serves 61% of the population, while in South Africa 42% of the total healthcare spend serves 16% of the population,” he buttressed.

Motsoaledi disclosed that the private hospitals is scheming to label the WHO and OEDC report as “baseless” so that they can go on with the outrageous cost they burden South Africans with.

“We have heard that private hospital lawyers are planning to bring in experts from the UK to come and rubbish the report. We are not surprised by this because they have done it before…Last year, they hauled the Competition Commission to court soon after the inquiry began. They spent R45 million in legal fees but lost the case.

Now they see that the WHO and OECD have presented strong evidence about what we have been saying for years, they are bringing in British experts to come and challenge the integrity of this report.”

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