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Regulate private healthcare - Motsoaledi

The Health Minister says proper healthcare needs to be accessible and affordable for all.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi talks about the 2012 global Aids report and local data from the 2011 report. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Friday said private healthcare in South Africa needs to be regulated.

Motsoaledi spoke about the costs involved in healthcare in the country, at the Sixth annual Competition Commission Law Conference in Johannesburg.

"It's an undeniable fact that healthcare is simply becoming unaffordable to the majority of citizens of the world. In South Africa prices have escalated to uncontrollable levels."

The minister reflected on the amount of money being invested by government, but said it was still not enough.

He said proper healthcare needs to be accessible and affordable for every South African.

Meanwhile, the government is expected to implement the National Health Insurance (NHI) to ensure that every citizen has access to essential healthcare, regardless of their employment status and ability to make a direct monetary contribution to the NHI Fund.