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‘SA spends more money providing health care to minority’

Motsoaledi was speaking at the Competition Commission’s Inquiry into competition in the healthcare sector.

Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says the country spends more money on the minority in private healthcare than it does on the rest of the population.

Motsoaledi today addressed the Competition Commission's Health Market Inquiry at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The commission's investigating the state and the nature of competition in the healthcare sector.

Minister Motsoaledi has told the commission the country's healthcare sector is fragmented along the same lines as under apartheid.

He says in the private-sector about 4.4 percent of the health Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is spent on 16 percent of the population, while the rest have to share 4.1 percent in the public sector.

"There's no measure or indication of gross inequality, than what you see. It does not exist anywhere in the world that you can explain gross inequality than on the manner shown on the screen. And that's another problem that we need to solve."

Motsoaledi says this inequality is caused by the ballooning cost of private healthcare.

He adds government will have to step in to regulate the expenditure.

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