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Call for submissions Market Inquiry - Save the Patients' Fund

Written by Vicki Pinkney-Atkinson.

Equal access for patient groups needed

The Health Market Inquiry into the Private Healthcare Sector is well underway with the publication of processes and an agenda.

However, despite our desire to be involved, patients and patients' groups are having a hard time being heard. It is a little like the "Animal Farm" maxim that eventually said "some animals are more equal than others". Healthcare consumers or patients have had a hard time getting a look in on the proceedings or to participate until now. So far involvement has really been beyond the capacity of most patients / consumer or patient civil society organisations. This is not a wail or, “woe is me” statement but a reality.

Groups with big budgets dominate so far. Groups of suppliers and providers (including medical schemes, pharmaceutical, hospital and doctors groups) with big budgets to hire multiple consultants, advocates and a retinue of helpers. Patients or consumers, who ultimately fund the entire system will be left out in the cold unless we find a source of funding to enable we, the patients, to participate on an equitable basis.

The first step in this campaign for equal access to the Health Market Inquiry is to make a submission. Please complete the comment slip below to let get involved with our campaign.

Deadline 31 October 2014

This is the opportunity for patients / consumers to make a submission are based (but not limited to) the following "statement of issues":

  • Factors driving costs, prices, and expenditure in private healthcare;
  • Market power and distortions of competition at various levels of the sector;
  • Barriers to entry and expansion by firms at various levels of the sector;
  • Factors limiting access by consumers to private healthcare, including affordability;
  • Imperfect information as it affects consumers as well as firms in the sector;
  • The impact of the regulatory framework (including various statutes, regulations and rules) on competition in private healthcare;
  • The specific impact of interventions previously made by the competition authorities in regard to the healthcare sector; and
  • The interaction between the public and private healthcare sectors.
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