The Minister of Health (or so the news today says) has reportedly said that the private hospitals have lost over 50% of the business as they are overcharging their patients!!!!!
I ask the reporter who submitted this to seriously consider if either he is off his head or if the Minister is off his head! This is a case of misinformation with NO rational point in the story.
To start with it is in the Minister’s interest to have private healthcare, as there then will result in LESS DEMAND for public health care, which he is in charge of. Secondly if the Private Health Charges are excessive, then if people cannot pay, they will go out of business, and will be replaced by more affordable private health care. It is WRONG to report a 50% drop in patients receiving treatment in the private sector as that is patently NOT TRUE, and in fact in general it is increasing every day.
There may be instances where in a given area the patients coming in to a private health provider falls, due to a host of reasons, which may include a transfer of the reputable doctor, increase in charges, where lower and more competitive charges are available locally, a bad press at a particular private clinic, that results in an exodus of patients or such like. It is wrong for him therefore to extrapolate a statement from ONE individual and say that there is a 50% drop.
Therefore we come to the question of whether this person is competent to hold this office. If he was he will be able to use common sense, which in this case he does not have. He is NOT EVEN scoring a political point on behalf of a better state medical system, which would have been the least he should have done in making any statement in this regard.
I would therefore request the reporter to try and at least make head of tail of what the minister says, and either insinuate that he is incompetent, and in need of mental treatment or to make sense of what he was trying to say, by enunciating what he meant without REPORTING RUBBISH