The South African Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF) has given its support to the recommendations of the Health Market Inquiry contained in its final report released earlier this year. The decision to adopt in principle the HMI’s recommendations was taken at a strategy planning meeting over the weekend.  

In a statement, the SAPPF says it is of the view that this is the best way to stabilise prices in the private sector, to improve access and sustainability, and to send a positive message to the people of South Africa about its support for reform.

“Improved access for more South Africans to private health services will reduce the burden on the state, and assist in reducing the wide disparities in healthcare provision between the private and public sectors, thus enabling the private sector to play a more meaningful role in the provision of healthcare services to the people of South Africa,” the SAPPF states.

This decision is provisional pending final approval of the decision by the SAPPF BOD.