South African GPs consider health insurance

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 24 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1627

Most general practitioners in private practice in South Africa support the introduction of some form of national health insurance system, says a new study. The report found that more than 95% of the doctors believed that all South Africans should have access to a basic package of primary health care.

The study was conducted by the health economics unit of the community health department at the University of Cape Town to assess how the country's general practitioners would feel about a national health insurance system.

The study comes as a committee instituted by the health minister, Dr Nkosazana Zuma, is investigating the funding of a primary health care system; it …

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