Chris Joseph

Doctors will emigrate

Doctors in private practice will flee the country in droves if Health Minister Manto Tshabalala- Msimang caps the rates they may charge patients. That is according to a survey of doctors, commissioned by the SA Medical Association. It found that most doctors and specialists in private practice would emigrate if the National Health Amendment Bill were enacted. Of the 2568 general practitioners and specialists who responded to the survey, 60percent said they would consider leaving the country if the bill became law . The association has 4941 specialist members countrywide in private and public practice.