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 ...

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 ...
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 ...

Certificate of Need: Too much stick, not enough carrot

In this opinion piece published in the Mail and Guardian on 25 July 2014 Daygan Eagar argues that the state’s proposed certificate of need will not address inequities in rural healthcare. During a recent consultation with the national department of health on the much-maligned promulgation of the section of the National Health Act that requires ...
Advocate for Improvements using the National Core Standards for Health Establishments

Advocate for Improvements using the National Core Standards for Health Establishments

Published in 2011, the main aim of the National Core Standards for Health Establishments is to: •  Develop a common definition of quality care which should be found in all health establishments in South Africa, as a guide to the public and to managers and staff at all levels; •  Establish a benchmark against which health establishments can be a ...

Health Care Financing Reform in South Africa: Equity, Social Justice and the NHI

In this chapter on equity, social justice and NHI, published in the AICDs 2013 Budget Justice Book, Daygan Eagar makes a compelling case for health care financing reform in South Africa. Eagar argues that “Even though the public system is underfunded when compared to the private sector, there is no doubt that it continues to underperform ...

NHI and Rural Health

This submission in response to the Green Paper on NHI is made by the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa, the Rural Health Advocacy Project, the Wits Centre for Rural Health, the UKZN Centre for Rural Health, the Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health, Africa Health Placements, Rural Rehab South Africa and the University of Cape Town: Primary ...
Resourcing Rural Areas for the Right to Health

Resourcing Rural Areas for the Right to Health

Address by RHAP at the TAC Annual General Meeting. On the 18 of April 2013 Marije Versteeg from the Rural Health Advocacy Project gave a plenary presentation at the TAC AGM at Booysens Hotel. Rural areas continue to suffer from persistent inequities in health care. The most deprived districts in the country are all rural, yet the primary health ...

Take care over the next hill

Published in the Mail and Guardian.  What, if anything, does the private healthcare sector have to offer the rural poor? By Daygan Eagar Perched on a hill overlooking the N2 on the outskirts of East London is a new private hospital managed by one of South Africa’s largest private healthcare groups. The hospital offers what it describes as ...