NEHAWU to picket against high and rising costs in private healthcare industry

IOL News writes that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union said on Monday it would picket against high and rising costs in the private health industry on October 18 as part of its campaign in support of the introduction of the National Health Insurance. On Monday NEHAWU said it would picket at the Sandton, Johannesburg headoffices of Netcare, the largest provider of private healthcare in both South Africa and the United Kingdom.

“This protest picket is the first in the series of a range of other actions that are in the pipeline, which we shall mount with other organisations to ensure that the prevalent profiteering in the private health industry is stopped,” the union said in a statement.” To the extent the private provider industry shall continue to operate under the NHI, we are determined that there is appropriate intervention by the authorities to ensure that there is an end to the oligopoly in the providers’ market.” NEHAWU said it would also press for the appropriate regulation of healthcare charges to ensure value for money and affordability for all.