Aaron Motsoaledi, the minister of health, has hauled the Hospital Association of SA (Hasa) over the coals, saying it is using fear-mongering to fight the implementation of National Health Insurance (NHI). This comes after the association's warning last week at Business Unity SA's Business Economic Indaba that thousands of jobs were at stake due to contradictions in the NHI and Medical Schemes Amendment Bills. "Now they are saying 'if you implement the NHI, you are going to lose jobs'. So this is targeted at the trade union movement to start fighting us," Motsoaledi said on Thursday night after President Cyril Ramaphosa's state of the nation address. Hasa's presentation at the indaba was based on research it commissioned from Econex, whose findings were based on two scenarios that would have an effect on SA's economy. The first scenario suggested that the government would not approach private hospitals to purchase services, which would result in the loss of 99,600 jobs in the private...

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