Goal 2: Financing Rural Health

Rural health care receives the financial resources to provide a quality, equitable service to rural citizens

In a resource-constrained environment, it is even more critical that available resources are allocated equitably and used efficiently and effectively to achieve the greatest possible impact. There is an added financial cost to provide the same quality service to remote communities and these need to be incorporated in the policy, planning and, most importantly, budgeting process. In reality, this added cost factor is often not considered, leading to inequitable fiancing and ultimately inequitable access to care for rural communities. At the same time there have been weaknesses in how resources are being used: overspending, underspending, and the mismanagement of funds continues to compromise care in many rural settings on health care.

Our research on rural health care financing entails research on the gap between financing needs and real allocations and spending. This research then contributes to our advocacy for equitable and adequate budget allocations for care. It further entails tracking health spending and motivating for the efficient use of the available resources.

Health budget fails to address HR crisis

Health budget fails to address HR crisis

In the tabling of the national department of health’s budget for 2017/2018, minister of health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, delivered an impassioned address about a health system in transition to achieving universal access. Few could argue with the minister on the need for radical reform of a health system where socio economic status is still a key de ...
New Strategic Framework: 2017-2021

New Strategic Framework: 2017-2021

After a consultative process that included stakeholder consultations, internal and external evaluations, the RHAP Board has adopted the 5 year strategic framework for the period 2017-2021.  Vision: Rural Communities Accessing Equitable and Quality Health Care Mission: Promoting, Protecting and Realising the Right to Rural Health Care by Connect ...
It’s time we fix the way we fund health care

It’s time we fix the way we fund health care

A shortened version now online in Bhekisisa M&G Health: http://bhekisisa.org/article/2017-03-02-00-radical-transformation-begins-with-fixing-how-we-fund-healthcare-in-remote-areas Picture caption: Nurse accomodation at a deeply rural hospital faced with a staffing crisis in the Eastern Cape. Few healhcare workers agree to come and work here ...

Austerity measures may leave SA’s next generation of health workers unemployed

Austerity measures may leave SA’s next generation of health workers unemployed 16 Jan 2017 00:00 By: Joan van Dyk Original source: http://bhekisisa.org/article/2017-01-16-00-austerity-measures-may-leave-sas-next-generation-of-health-workers-unemployed Some pharmacists will be doing their community service at private pharmacies amid a shor ...
307 interns are still without an offer of employment for 2017 due to budget cuts

307 interns are still without an offer of employment for 2017 due to budget cuts

The RHAP is very concerned but not surprised about the news that broke this morning that 307 interns are still without an offer of employment for 2017 due to budget cuts (point 8 below). While the memo below refers to the education crisis as the main reason for the budget cut (point 9), this is symptomatic for a broader problem: the overall und ...
MTBPS 2016: The Rural Health Advocacy Project warns against further health service cuts to those most in need following continued fiscal consolidation

MTBPS 2016: The Rural Health Advocacy Project warns against further health service cuts to those most in need following continued fiscal consolidation

Rural Health Advocacy Project Press Statement MTBPS 2016: The Rural Health Advocacy Project warns against further health service cuts to those most in need following continued fiscal consolidation 27 October 2016 Following the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) by Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, on 26 October 2016, we reflect in t ...

NHI White Paper Submission by Rural Partners Network: “THINK RURAL”!

The South African government is currently embarking on one of its most ambitious transformation projects of the last 20 years. The introduction of the National Health Insurance (NHI) has the potential to fundamentally shift how the provision of health care is funded, how the system is structured and how services are accessed. The NHI could, if ...
RHAP Press Statement: 2016 Budget Speech Provides Commitment and Guidance on the Protection of Critical Health Posts

RHAP Press Statement: 2016 Budget Speech Provides Commitment and Guidance on the Protection of Critical Health Posts

RHAP Press Statement 25 February 2016 2016 Budget Speech Provides Commitment and Guidance on the Protection of Critical Health Posts Following our repeated calls[1] for the protection of critical health posts, the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP) welcomes the clear message sent by the Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan in his Budget Speech ...
Health-E Raises Alarm on Frozen Posts following RHAP Investigation

Health-E Raises Alarm on Frozen Posts following RHAP Investigation

The Big Chill: Health post freeze threatens services by Laura Lopez Gonzalez on February 1, 2016  in Health Funding, Health Management, News Facing a R9-billion shortfall just to meet salary demands, provincial health departments are freezing posts. Whether couched openly in memos or hidden between the lines of spiralling bureaucracy, staff fre ...
NHI White Paper

NHI White Paper

The NHI White Paper has finally been released! RHAP will study this critical initiative towards greater equity thoroughly and prepare for our submission. RHAP is in full support of the purpose of the NHI, namely to “to ensure that affordable and equitable medical care is available to everyone in South Africa and not just to citizens who c ...