PRE-MTBPS STATEMENT: DEAR MINISTER OF FINANCE, WILL THE ONGOING BUDGET CRISIS IN HEALTH BE ADDRESSED OR DO WE NEED TO BRACE FOR FURTHER DECLINE?

PRE-MTBPS STATEMENT: DEAR MINISTER OF FINANCE, WILL THE ONGOING BUDGET CRISIS IN HEALTH BE ADDRESSED OR DO WE NEED TO BRACE FOR FURTHER DECLINE?

This week, Minister Malusi Gigaba will deliver his maiden Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) at National Parliament. The MTBPS is a crucial part of government’s budget cycle and provides an update on the government spending plans for the next three years. A lot has changed since February when the former minister Mr Pravin Gordhan table ...
RHAP Response to “MINISTERIAL TASK TEAM COMMITTEE REPORT INTO INVESTIGATION OF SERVICE DELIVERY IN SELECT HOSPITALS”

RHAP Response to “MINISTERIAL TASK TEAM COMMITTEE REPORT INTO INVESTIGATION OF SERVICE DELIVERY IN SELECT HOSPITALS”

On the 14TH September 2017, the Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motswaledi released the findings of a ministerial task team that investigated the status of service delivery in public hospitals. The report, 170914MTT_Report_14_September_2017 (1) findings confirmed the dire state of provincial health financing, the inadequacy of current budgets to s ...
Protecting Critical Health Posts in Times of Austerity

Protecting Critical Health Posts in Times of Austerity

This article was originally published in the PHASA newsletter, ahead of the 2015 PHASA conference. https://www.phasa.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Marije_Protecting-critical-posts_article-1.pdf Protecting critical posts at times of austerity Marije Versteeg-Mojanaga, Director of the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP). Executive member of ...
Advocacy works for Canzibe after Prolonged HRH Crisis

Advocacy works for Canzibe after Prolonged HRH Crisis

After a period of prolonged HR crisis and on-going advocacy, today the MEC for Health in the Eastern Cape, together with the Superintendent-General, made a historic first time visit to Canzibe Hospital where they met with the traditional leadership, Hospital Board and the CEO to discuss the challenges plaguing Canzibe Hospital. As a result a co ...
NHI White Paper

NHI White Paper

The NHI White Paper has been released today! While RHAP is still perusing the content we welcome the fact that rural populations have been identified as a vulnerable group, as well as people with disabilities. It will be imperative that the NHI fund will address the rural context – this will require equitable (ie higher than average) reso ...

Rural Health Crisis Looms

Posted in The New Age , June 12 2017 Rural health crisis looms DESPITE a multibillion-rand investment by the government to improve access to quality healthcare in the country’s rural areas, an alarming shortage of doctors threatens to torpedo this intervention. Provinces affected by the doctor shortage include Gauteng, North West, KwaZulu-Natal ...
No time for emergencies

No time for emergencies

SA’s grandmothers are breadwinners in their old age, and their inability to access decent healthcare quickly impacts on their children,  grandchildren and their entire  communities. Health-e News’ Kim Harrisberg reports. http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/no-time-for-emergencies-20170507-2 Six elderly women sit inside a corrugated iron shac ...
Ethical Perspective: Five Unacceptable Trade-offs on the Path to Universal Health Coverage’, Norheim, O.  International Journal of Health Policy and Management. 2015 Nov; 4(11): 711–714.

Ethical Perspective: Five Unacceptable Trade-offs on the Path to Universal Health Coverage’, Norheim, O. International Journal of Health Policy and Management. 2015 Nov; 4(11): 711–714.

This article discusses what ethicists have called “unacceptable trade-offs” in health policy choices related to universal health coverage (UHC). Since the fiscal space is constrained, trade-offs need to be made. But some trade-offs are unacceptable on the path to universal coverage. Unacceptable choices include, among other examples from low-in ...
Making fair choices on the path to universal health coverage. Final report of the WHO Consultative Group on Equity and Universal Health Coverage’. World Health Organisation (2014)

Making fair choices on the path to universal health coverage. Final report of the WHO Consultative Group on Equity and Universal Health Coverage’. World Health Organisation (2014)

Executive summary Universal health coverage (UHC) is defined as all people receiving quality health services that meet their needs without being exposed to financial hardship in paying for the services. Given resource constraints, this does not entail all possible services, but a comprehensive range of key services that is well aligned with oth ...