The total cost of the Competition Commission’s inquiry into the private health-care sector amounted to R197m, economic development minister Ebrahim Patel has disclosed. The commission was established in 2013 to investigate the state of competition in the private health-care market and delivered its final report in 2018. The commission, chaired by former chief justice Sandile Ngcobo, engaged the services of panellists and specialists to assist with its work. In a written reply to a question in parliament by DA spokesperson on economic development Michael Cardo, Patel itemised the costs as follows: human resources and operational costs R78.6m; economic experts R39m; panel members R36.8m; data warehousing and actuarial services R13.5m; legal expertise and litigation R12.5m; data de-identification and security R9.6m; health-care sector experts R5.6m; and media and communications R1.4m. Ngcobo was paid R5.9m, while the panellists were paid as follows: Ntuthuko Bhengu R9.7m; Cees van Gent...

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