Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s plans for a uniform tariff for healthcare services may prompt doctors to quit the profession or seek jobs overseas. The minister said last week the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill, which he presented to a cabinet committee last Tuesday, contained proposals that would introduce a uniform tariff for healthcare providers and put an end to copayments.

The intention was to provide greater certainty for consumers and medical schemes, he said. At present there are no regulations governing the rates that doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers charge. ….more