Research by Solidarity’s network of medical professionals has found that many South African specialists and general practitioners would rather close their practices than work under the government’s National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme.
The NHI bill was recently approved by the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), and now only requires President Cyril Ramaphosa’s signature to become law.
Solidarity’s economic researcher, Theuns du Buisson says, “The major concern seems to be the freedom that doctors currently have- especially in private practice, where they can decide how many patients they’d like to take on. If the NHI comes in, they would no longer have that freedom, and they’d have to take on all patients that are assigned to them by the state. So, the networking of medical professionals will be impacted by that and basically, they’re worried that their freedom will be infringed upon.”
Source: SABC News