21 September 2015

Motsoaledi will make the HPCSA findings public

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi says while no formal announcement has been made regarding the future of the National Health Insurance (NHI), much was being behind the scenes to ensure its effective roll-out in the near future.


 “The White Paper is finalised and a lot is going on. In dealing with the issues going forward what I can say now is that technology, different business models and a change in behaviour in public health facilities will all be central to changing public healthcare in South Africa,”

Dr Motsoaledi was speaking at the opening the three-day South African Medical Association (SAMA) Conference at the Sandton Convention Centre on 18 September 2015.

The conference is focusing on several important issues facing healthcare professionals in South Africa. The early session highlighted the ethical questions related to end of life decisions and the legal and ethical issues faced by physicians.

Speakers included Dr Liz Gwyther, CEO of Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA), Professor Melodie Slabbert, the Deputy Executive Dean for the College of Law at the University of South Africa and Professor Ames Dhai, the Director of the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Read: NHI: economic suicide for doctors?

During her presentation, Dr Gwyther said that if South Africa legalised euthanasia it was crossing a line and was saying that it was okay to kill another person. Prof Dhai said current national and international guidelines for doctors condemn euthanasia.

Professor Slabbert noted that the issue of euthanasia was one the Constitutional Court was likely to decide on in the near future.

Read: Health24's CyberDoc asked euthanasia prof to help him die

“Today’s programme again highlights the importance of the SAMA Conference. Through this debate and interaction with government and role-players in our profession we are able to provide critical insight into the state of healthcare in South Africa and collectively understand the challenges we face,” says Dr Mzukisi Grootboom, the Chairperson of SAMA.

The conference continues tomorrow and will look at, among other topics, the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) model and how it will affect private and public medical practitioners, and the legal and ethical principles of medical aid fraud.

A highlight of the conference was the SAMA-Bonitas House-call Doctor’s Awards which recognise medical heroes who have been nominated by their peers in the profession.

For more information on the conference and exhibition, please visit and follow the tabs to the conference.

Updates on the conference will be posted on Facebook and Twitter before and during the conference.

Read more:

SA urged not to adopt American NHI model

White paper on NHI to be tabled 'shortly'

Healthcare Funders reassured about their role under NHI

The Health Professions Council of SA is in for a major shake-up


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