The controversial new National Health Insurance bill presented last week by Health Minister Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi could result in a mass emigration of South African doctors.
Both the new bill and the recently proposed Medical Schemes Amendment Bill aim to improve the public healthcare sector by capping the amount that private doctors can charge for their services.
The NHI, which would cost the public approximately R180 billion annually, could result in qualified doctors emigrating to countries where they can make a decent salary. In a country which already lacks a sufficient amount of qualified doctors, this would be detrimental.
By: Mikayla Tetreault, Staff Writer