People who know me know that teamwork is very important to me. It will come as no surprise then that I was really pleased to see the Council for Medical Schemes, the Board of Healthcare Funders and the Department of Health working together to present the case for a tariff negotiation framework for the health sector.
It is the first time that I have seen the three organisations working together. A good move I would say.
I am particularly pleased that their focus is on the general member of the public and how we can keep a handle on escalation of costs.
Our Minister of health has repeatedly said that there are three trends that have negative impact on a country’s health outcomes:
- Hospital centrism
- Fragmentation approach in service delivery
- Uncontrolled commercial which undermines principle of health as a public good
The ministry has also said repeatedly that one of the preconditions for a NHI in South Africa is a pricing commission to help regulate costs, in line with the constitution of the country.
We all know that the high cost of hospital and specialist treatment are crippling our medical schemes, and I am sincerely hoping as the tariff negotiation framework is determined and rolls out we will see some real changes in the industry.