n South African Gastroenterology Review - Money is the root of all evil?

Volume 9, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1812-1659



It is with deep sadness and disgust that we as healers now realise that we have been led along the pathway to nowhere: an underinsured third-party payor market has had the audacity to lay the blame for the spiralling healthcare costs at our feet ("the specialists"), along with the shelters we ply our trade in - the private hospitals (aka proud bastions and pillars of quality health care). This doctor (specialist) and hospital bashing is seen in many countries of late. Of note is the fact that aspects of the draconian reform measures touted in the USA have recently been declared unconstitutional - a US judge has ruled the introduction of the proposed compulsory health insurance to be unconstitutional and that the US congress would exceed its powers if implemented! The same question can be raised in the South African context; namely whether or not the constitution will 'allow' the compulsory public tax funding necessary to institute and sustain the forthcoming venture into an NHI.

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