South African private health care one of the most expensive in the world,The Competition commission revealed.

This was revealed by the Competition Commission as it completes its four year investigation,which revealed that South Africans are paying way too much for private health care.The commission found that,sometimes patients are compelled to buy expensive medications they dont need or are un-necessary,and doctors sometimes opt for un-necessary caesarean section operations.

Although the cost of medical schemes membership is high,some doctors order too many tests and procedures,hastily admitting patients to hospital or even to ICU when general ward would suffice.

The commission found that there is little competition for hospital groups and medical schemes that domitate the market and they lack proper regulation by the department of Health.The commission’s provisional report on the Health Market Enqury is open for comments till early September this year.

news summary extracted from Health 24

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