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healthcareThe Citizen reports that an industry expert has warned that the capped doctors’ fees to be imposed by the national health insurance (NHI) legislation could see a mass exodus of doctors from the system.  

Dr Nicholas Burger, healthcare analyst at Frost & Sullivan, warned that this and the existing dearth of healthcare practitioners in the country were looming threats to public healthcare and the NHI.  Meantime, over the weekend the SA Private Practitioner’s Forum announced its approximately 3,000 doctors would opt out of the NHI and would seek legal action should they be forced to work at fixed rates.  Burger warned that while it was not clear how the NHI would affect employment rates in the healthcare sector, there were fears that it could result in an exodus of doctors who were not willing to comply with new capped fees, which would result in them not being accredited by the NHI.  “The NHI will need to work proactively towards retaining talent and building an accomplished workforce to address the needs of a growing population and a subsequent rise in disease burden and incidence,” suggested Burger.  “Performance-linked incentives may offer one method with which to grow the current underpowered public healthcare workforce.”

  • Read this report by Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni in full at The Citizen

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