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medicaldoctorCity Press reports that a new healthcare framework has been proposed to resuscitate the ailing private healthcare sector, which has been dealt a huge blow by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic as patient numbers in hospitals and private practices have plummeted.  

The framework aims to keep private practices afloat as well as sustain the unified public-private response to the pandemic that has been envisioned.  The Progressive Health Forum (PHF) – an advocacy network of clinicians and health activists – has mobilised 15,000 private doctors, specialists and allied health professionals to meet the Covid-19 challenge.  The initiative seeks to ensure that the private sector adds its weight to the Covid-19 response by providing human and healthcare resources, without private practitioners worrying about their practices going under – a situation that is currently at play.  It envisages a new financing framework in collaboration with the country’s four largest private medical sector associations and organisation.  The framework, developed for the PHF by Professor Alex van den Heever from Wits, has been endorsed by industry heavyweights such as the SA Medical Association (Sama), the SA Private Practitioners’ Forum (SAPPF), the SA Medical and Dental Practitioners and the Independent Practitioners’ Association.  It comprises 10 features and pivots on the medical scheme funders tapping into expenditure that has already been budgeted for medical practices.  The Department of Health has been approached by each of these organisations on how they can be part of the integrated response, with mixed success.

  • Read the full original of the detailed report in the above regard by Vuyo Mkize at City Press

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