Home > News > Public Health 12 September 2013 84% of SA not getting best healthcare According to health minister Aaron Motsoaledi, 84% of South Africans are receiving second rate healthcare. 1 SAPA Related A day in the life of a rural doctor in SA SA to tackle chronic lifestyle diseases SA tackles drugs patent reform South Africa's healthcare system fails to provide quality care for the majority of citizens, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi candidly told a business briefing hosted by The New Age on Thursday."In South Africa, costly private healthcare for the privileged few [provides for] 16% [of the population]," he said.The remaining 84% had to make do with "second rate" care, while in the United States the situation was reversed."... Meaning their [the US's] healthcare system has thrown out 16% of the population, whereas in South Africa the health care system is throwing out 84% of the population," he said in a live broadcast on SABC2.The proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) system sought to rectify this, in line with citizens' right to access affordable, good quality healthcare irrespective of socio-economic status.Healthcare problems global - ministerMotsoaledi said the name was problematic because "the 'insurance' part does not reflect exactly what we want to achieve".Rather, it should be approached as "universal health coverage"."Many South Africans wrongly believe something is only wrong in our country, as far as health care is concerned."But health care faced significant problems globally, the minister said.These included rising costs and poor access to generic medications, an overemphasis on cure instead of prevention, and insufficient regulatory control.Regulation in private health care had two facets; the funders being medical aid schemes and the health care providers.In terms of funders, Motsoaledi said a lack of regulation meant he could not intervene as health minister.Healthcare systems ‘favour the rich’ "If you come to me and say, 'they charged me R50 000 for a small operation', there is nothing I can absolutely do, even though I know very obviously they are ripping you [off], because there is no regulation."The design of most healthcare systems favoured the rich and punished the poor, which threatened sub-Saharan Africa's ability to achieve the United Nations' health-related Millennium Development Goals by 2015."Unless there is good quality in public healthcare, and unless the costs are brought down in private health care, this whole concept of universal health care will never find leverage in our country."Motsoaledi still had one arm in a sling on Thursday, after undergoing surgery at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria last month. NEXT ON HEALTH24X From obesity to a 100-miler running machine! 2017-12-16 10:00 More: NewsPublic Health advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 1 comment Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Fitness From obesity to a 100-miler running machine! News NSFW: Man with world’s biggest penis now ‘disabled’ News 10 freak accidents that killed people Diet and nutrition 5 healthier ‘adult’ ice lollies to eat if you’re watching your weight Medical Health dept on alert: This is why 800 000 homes are being fumigated News QUIZ: What would you do in these 7 emergencies? From our sponsors Discover treatments that can help reduce acne What can I do to reduce or remove acne marks? Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal online store voucher! Live healthier Watch out! » Gross fungal infections you can pick up at the gym You go to gym to exercise. But make sure the only thing you pick up is a dumbbell and not one of these gross fungal infections. Holiday health » Your 10-step asthma holiday checklist Don’t let asthma ruin your summer holiday. Whether you are travelling or embracing the summer at home, make sure you plan ahead.