New Zealanders have, in principle, access to free healthcare. But inequality is a major issue, affecting Māori and Pasifika communities and New Zealanders living with disabilities or in poverty.
Alberta Minister of Health Tyler Shandro speaks during a press conference in Calgary on May 29, 2020. The Alberta government is proposing legislation to accelerate approvals of private clinics in order to get more surgeries done.
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Recent Alberta legislation increasing privatization in the health sector risks undermining the public health-care system, and will likely put profits over the public interest.
A nurse participates in the drill to test their system capabilities for the COVID-19 coronavirus mass patients influx at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi.
Most Kenyans are able to access basic care but face the barrier of potentially catastrophic fees.
A market inquiry has looked into private health care costs in South Africa.
A patient collects her medication at a clinic in Khayelitsha, South Africa.
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The bill to provide universal health care in South Africa is not the silver bullet for the challenges in the health sector.
Specialists making their fees publicly available is one way to rein in rogue practices.
Australia is the only country in the OECD that allows specialists complete freedom to set their own fees. This puts patients at risk – but the government can help protect them.
Although health care has become more accessible and affordable, quality at the facilities is still a problem.
The government has put a lot of effort into making health care in South Africa more accessible, but the quality of the service still lags behind.
Circle to walk away after three years and £5m losses.
Healthcare group Circle has announced that it plans to withdraw from its contract to run Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire, three years into a deal that was supposed to last ten years. The company…