A medical brain drain could be a consequence of the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill and the National Health Insurance Billgazetted last week, says a Sunday Times report. Experts believe many doctors would reject the planned charging cap and some warned that the changes would drive doctors to emigrate, leaving the health sector worse off.

But there was guarded support, too, for the concept, if not the detail. The Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa expressed its support of the NHI, but said it would “continue to engage the minister around a practical and judicious approach to the NHI”.

The legislation was gazetted last week for comment by South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. …..more