20 March 2015
The Congress of South African
Trade Union has made submissions to the Competition Commission which is
currently conducting an inquiry into private healthcare coast in the country.
Cosatu Spokesperson Patrick
Craven said the costs are completely exorbitant. He said the reason why the
National Health Insurance Scheme is taking so long is because it is being
sabotage by the private health sector, who are making huge profits and will
suffer if NHI works.
Craven said while the Competition
Commission has a specific mandate to check if there is any collusion between
the private healthcare companies, we hope that they will look more broadly at the
state of our healthcare system and find out why this is despite the fact that
we spend more of healthcare then many other countries.
“The outcomes in terms of life
expectancy and getting rid of various diseases is extremely poor and this is
some of the reasons we think our healthcare system is so bad” Craven added.
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