Global healthcare challenges - an eye on South Africa

Posted by Health Entrepreneur 05/05/2015

The National Healthcare Insurance (NHI) is directed and controlled by the department of health. The primary aim of this system is to give all South Africans access to quality health care to change the face of the healthcare sector. In this article we look into the global healthcare challenges in the south africa.

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Challenges faced by the public and private sector in dealing with the issues in global healthcare


  • a)The dialogue between the public and private sector is seen to be changing, as the global population ages and the prevalence of chronic disease rises in mature and growing countries alike.

  • b)Both the public and private sectors realize they can’t address these challenges alone.

  • c)There is hence a rebalancing of the delivery of care in the financing models, both in the public and private sectors.

  • d)The situation calls for clear government policies and strategy to ensure how healthcare services are delivered, particularly with respect to the relationships between public and private providers is an important aspect of the challenges faced.

  • e)The public sector is seen to be beleaguered by a number of weaknesses in terms of the inefficiency of service provided, poor staff motivation, poor working conditions along with geographical imbalances.

  • f)The private sector with poor regulation operates in isolation with profits being the primary motive.

  • g)This increases the burden on the government to abandon its passive role and direct the private sector to realise its potential to drive growth.


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