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Discovery: Certificate of need not negative

The Department of Health is finalising details of the certificate.

FILE: The department is finalising the certificate, which is expected to be a requirement for private practitioners by 2016. Picture: Stock.xchng

CAPE TOWN - One of the country's biggest private healthcare providers on Tuesday said it's confident certificates of need will not negatively affect practitioners in private practice.

The Department of Health is finalising details of the certificate, which is expected to be a compulsory requirement for private practitioners by 2016.

Some doctors in private practice understand the requirement can force them to open their practices where health services are most needed.

Discovery Health CEO Jonathan Broomberg says he doesn't believe those in the private sector will be negatively affected.

"They intend this to be a constructive process that results in a good distribution of facilities rather than something that is destructive towards the private sector."