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 6 sports to take up in winter so you stay active, get fitter and build more muscle 2018-05-27 14:00 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 6 sports to take up in winter so you stay active, get fitter and build more muscle Lifestyle Why guys are spending thousands of rands a year to produce more semen Fitness ‘I finally learnt how to skip at the age of 36 – this is how you can do it too’ Lifestyle What exactly are ‘dense breasts’? Sex Can you masturbate too much? Medical What is the deadly Nipah virus? From our sponsors Win a R1 500 hamper with Alpecin Hypertension Consumer Fact Sheet Understanding diabetes self-management WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Live healthier Mental health & your work » How open are you about mental illness in the workplace? Mental health in the workplace – what you can do to help If you know that one of your colleagues suffers from a mental illness, would you be able to help them at work? Maligay Govender offers some helpful mental health "first aid" tips. Sleep & You » Sleep vs. no sleep Diagnosis of insomnia 6 things that are sabotaging your sleep Kick these shut-eye killers to the kerb and make your whole life better – overnight.