Monday, May 26, 2008

Call to scrap medical pricing bill

The ANC-led gubbermunt and its 'Health' munista Dr Beetroot are not known for making rational decisions.

Even if presented with overwhelming opposing rationale, the gubbermunt’s modus operandi is to feign interest [to give the public and the world the illusion that a functioning multi-party democracy is at play here] - but ultimately it disregards all views - because it has already made up its [stupid] mind to proceed with whatever it has planned.


Forethought and contemplation of the consequences are not an ANC strong point because it refers once again to that old perpetual chip-on-the-shoulder mindset of the ANC: “don’t-tell-me-what-to-do-because-I-am-black".


So, even when faced with a dreadful piece of legislation, the ANC-led gubbermunt will plunge off the cliff like committed lemmings because it must [nay, needs] to show who is 'the baas' now (the boss).


And once the laws are on the statutes, they are seldom revisited, withdrawn or amended because, again, it would mean that the ANC [read 'black people'] have made an error and to a Marxist entity like the ANC, that is a sign of weakness.
This is good Soviet-era style training.

Thus we live with terrible laws on the books that affect our lives adversely every day such as the Labour Act, racist affirmative action laws, the Gun Control Act etc with no indication that sensible reviews of those laws will ever occur.


So it is then, in similar vein, that the munista for health is hellbent in more of her socialist experimentation - this time to set PRIVATE medical charges at fixed rates - and it will become law irrespective of whether it is good for the country.


With a fellow communist at the helm, Mbeki, would you expect anything else?

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The controversy about the government's proposed pricing regulations for private hospitals is deepening, with the Hospital Association of SA saying the draft legislation is "fundamentally flawed and unworkable", and must be withdrawn.

At issue is the Draft Amendment to the National Health Act, aimed at halting the costs spiral in private healthcare, but which the association charges will compel private hospitals and medical schemes to enter into a collective price-setting process.

This would be overseen by a facilitator, appointed by the Health Minister.

The association said in a statement that other than concerns over collective price-setting, it was further worried that the legislation gave almost unlimited search and seizure powers to inspectors.

'There was no need for price regulation'

There was no need for price regulation, either in private hospitals or private healthcare, the association said. Kurt Worrall-Clare, chief executive, said the Health Department's call for price regulation appeared to be based on the view that private sector prices were too high. "But the average real increase in private hospital prices from 1998 to 2006 was only 1,7 percent, or 1,7 percent above the rate of inflation," he said. Worrall-Clare called the bill "clumsy" and "unworkable".

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