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22 September 2011

NHI and private health insurance demand

There is unlikely to be any significant reduction in the demand for private health insurance if NHI tax is introduced if quality doesn’t improve in the public healthcare sector.

There is unlikely to be any significant reduction in the demand for private health insurance if a National Health Insurance (NHI) tax is introduced if quality doesn’t improve in the public healthcare sector, says Health Economist at Mediclinic, Dr Okore Okorafor.

Although private health was considered a luxury good , it was very sensitive to healthcare quality perceptions which included waiting times; the availability of drugs; staff attitudes; treatment; as well as cleanliness of facilities.”  

Quality of care not addressed

 
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