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healthcareNews24 reports that the SA Society of Anesthesiologists warned on Tuesday that rolling out of the National Health Insurance Fund blindly would have severe consequences.  

At a briefing on proposed legislative changes to the healthcare system, the organisation expressed concerns that there would be a mass exodus of doctors and specialists if the new funding model were to be implemented recklessly.  "We need to ask ourselves how we are going to make NHI work when we do not have people to ensure that access is better," the society's Dr Lance Lasersohn asked.  

Last week, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi detailed two bills which aimed to put in place a set of health financing reforms to provide universal healthcare.  Lasersohn said he knew and understood that the NHI's aim was to make healthcare more affordable.  "It is also about providing the public with access to the healthcare not at a high quality but not at a low quality either," he observed.  Lasersohn was also concerned about the brain drain following the uncertainty on the implementation of NHI.  A survey conducted by the society found that some 482 people wanted to leave the practice for various reasons, mostly uncertainty.  

The society's CEO Natalie Zimmelman noted the attitude towards NHI was overwhelmingly negative, but organisations were willing to work with the government to find a lasting solution.

  • Read this report by Amanda Khoza in full at News24
  • Read too, SA needs ‘thousands more specialists’ for NHI, at The Citizen

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