n Mental Health Matters - The health market inquiry and mental health : guest editorial




On 16 February 2016, the South African Competition Commission began the public hearing phase of the Health Market Inquiry, which was initiated because of initial evidence of high and increasing expenditure in the private sector. The inquiry is being conducted by a distinguished Panel chaired by former Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo. The private health sector serves 17% of the population and 8.8 million of those users' healthcare needs are funded through medical scheme membership. Some people access private healthcare services on an out-of-pocket basis, particularly in rural areas. Even though the private sector provides services to less than a quarter of the population, it accounts for about half of the expenditure in healthcare as a whole.


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