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Private health care costs in South Africa increased 300 percent

Staff writer ▼ | February 19, 2016
The price of private healthcare in South Africa has increased by 300% in the last 10 years, moving from R42bn in 2002 to R142bn in 2014, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said.
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He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a Health Market Inquiry underway in Pretoria to find a way to make healthcare affordable for all South Africans.

He said he was surprised to hear people question the amount it would cost to implement the National Health Insurance scheme currently in the pipeline, while not questioning the current medical aid schemes.

"When we released the white paper, people asked why can't we release the figures and said it's going to be expensive, while there is already an expensive system is staring them in the eyes," he said.

"In 2002, the total expenditure of private health care was R42bn. In 2014, it was R142bn. It increased by 300% in a decade. If it continues like that, in another decade it will be half a trillion rand."

Motsoaledi questioned why people were not questioning the current system, but worried about a new one. He said it did not make sense for a system that only serves 16% of the population to be so expensive.

"Nobody is asking about that, but you're asking about NHI which is still coming, but not about a system you're faced with and which is escalating in front of your eyes. That system is only serving 16% of the population."