South African doctors in private practice strongly oppose the incoming National Health Insurance (NHI) system, with just under 40% planning to emigrate if the NHI system is implemented.
The South African Medical Association (Sama) said the proposed changes found in the NHI bill could cause wide-scale harm to the delivery of health care if they are not managed properly, adding that the bill had been introduced at a time of deep public mistrust in the government.
Sama said it had conducted a survey among its members and found that members from the public and private health-care sector placed little faith in NHI moving from the planning and strategising stages to being implemented.
In the survey, Sama found that 38% of respondents said they would consider emigrating if the NHI was fully implemented.
Only 39% of doctors said they would not leave, 17% were unsure and 6% would emigrate for other reasons, the report said.
Economist Dawie Roodt said the NHI was expensive and there was not enough money to fund it.