Published on : Sunday, September 3, 2017
South African Health Minister Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi blamed health tourism as a reprehensible practice. At a recent conference, he was forthright in his criticisms, which were met with a stony silence from those present.
At the conference being held in Zimbabwe, a country whose decrepit president spends more time in Singapore and Malaysia, Motsoaledi criticized African leaders of receiving treatments abroad.
Motsoaledi said, “We are the only continent that has its leaders seeking medical services outside the continent, outside our territory. We must be ashamed of that… We must promote our own.” It is disgusting that many African leaders plunder their treasuries, causing their nations to fall into rack and ruin. It is also hypocrisy of the highest order for these leaders to seek medical care abroad.
But not every African leader is same. There are honest leaders who are trying their best.
South Africa has a private healthcare sector that is world-class. It is a sought after destination for health tourism. The imminent implementation of the controversial National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, if it takes the format that the hard-left element of the ANC wants, will disembowel South Africa’s private healthcare system.