- Jun 5, 2006
From what I understand is that you will not be able to get private medical treatment, in SA, if the NHI offers it. Regardless of the quality or availability of the treatment.
If, for example, you need chemo, and the NHI offers chemo, you will only be allowed to get treatment from a NHI provider.
You will also not be able to go directly to the specialist of you choice. You will have to be referred to a specialist that a NHI doctor decides you will see.
For all this you will be expected to pay another tax.
People that subscribe to medical schemes actually do a lot for the public health. These schemes are for profit organisations. Meaning that subscriptions support the system. There is no burden on the tax base for medical services, except for the very small percentage that SARS may pay out. They free up public health for those that use it. Add to this that many of the specialists that are funded by private subscriptions, do participate in public health at an extremely cheap rate for public health (taking into account that the person needs to be trained and gain experience in the field).
SA is not a socialist society. The tax base is extremely narrow and corruption / maladministration is so rife. Even in the USA with a huge tax base, little corruption and 6.1 million unemployed (QUOTE]Minor factual correction. Medical schemes are non profit.