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The state is to blame for SA’s pricey medical aid. This is why


The state is to blame for SA’s pricey medical aid. This is why

Competition Commission lists the reasons why the government has failed, and what it should do to fix things


More than three and half years after it was supposed to end, the findings of the Competition Commission’s health market inquiry into the cost of private health care were finally released on Monday.

Two themes emerged – overuse of the private sector with unnecessary hospitalisations and procedures, and unnecessary specialist visits. The other thing said to be driving up cost was the state’s poor regulation of the sector.

The health minister first punted the idea of the health market inquiry to trade and industry minister Ebrahim Patel in 2013 as concerns about healthcare costs rose...

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