A new plan to save SA’s doctors
As patients cancel surgeries and defer medical appointments for fear of catching Covid-19, private sector medical professionals are struggling to stay afloat. If they go under, SA’s pandemic response may too
In a rare show of unity, doctors’ associations, economists, bankers and health activists have jointly devised a plan to save the private health-care sector, which is facing a significant financial threat as a result of Covid-19.
For the past three months, patients have stayed away from medical practices for fear of contracting the coronavirus. It has left private sector doctors unable to pay practice salaries, bills and debt on expensive imported equipment...